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Monday 23 October 2017

Instructor wins suspension case

The chief instructor with the Irish Parachute Club, Paul McMahon, yesterday won his High Court challenge against the Irish Aviation Authority's decision to suspend him following an accident two years ago.

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said that on July 15, 2012 an experienced wing-suited free-fall parachutist had pulled ligaments and broken his left ankle in a hard fall. He had jumped into ice clouds that tore at his face and blanked his instruments.

The injured parachutist had lodged a complaint regarding an alleged lack of a worsening weather warning.

The judge said Mr McMahon had conveyed a worsening forecast for the afternoon to the wing-suiters who had decided to proceed and consciously chose to exit the aircraft.

Girl (4) mauled to death by dog

A four-year-old girl died when she was mauled to death at home by the family's pet bulldog, a coroner has recorded.

Lexi Branson died after the 36kg Aylestone-type dog attacked her at home, causing facial injuries and suffocating the little girl, in Leicestershire last November.

Only days earlier, the youngster's mother Jodi Hudson had paid €62 to a kennels where the dog had been delivered as an apparent stray.

Last post for jazz giant

Gerald Wilson, the dynamic jazz big band leader, composer and arranger whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96.

He played and worked as a composer-arranger with the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie and he arranged music for Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Sarah Vaughan.

Revenge porn bill sought

Ministers in the UK have been urged to bring in new laws to protect thousands of women who suffer when their naked photos are leaked online.

People who distribute sexually-explicit images via the internet or text message without the consent of the subject of the image would face prosecution under the proposals.

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