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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Jury sworn in at murder trial

A JURY has been sworn in at the Central Criminal Court for the trial of a 40-year-old man accused of murdering a man in Co Clare last year.

Michael Maughan, of Stone Court, Ennis, pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Piotr Nowakowski, at Sandfield Mews, Ennis, on July 23, 2013.

Denis Vaughan Buckley, SC for the State, told the court the plea was not acceptable to the prosecution.

The accused has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Declan O'Dea at the same address on the same date.

The trial is due to start on Thursday with Mr Justice Paul Carney presiding.

Former captive 'finds peace'

One of the three women held captive in a US home for about a decade told a crowd she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life.

Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, said she realises now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn't been his fault,

Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus broke out of the house in May 2013 after suffering years of torture.

Striker's fatal celebration

A 23-YEAR-old Indian football player has died after injuring his spine while celebrating a goal with somersaults.

Peter Biaksangzuala landed on his back while doing flips after scoring in the 62nd minute.

He was stretchered off the field to a local hospital but died later.

Police find seven bodies

The bodies of seven women have been found in Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and leading investigators to at least three other bodies.

The coroner's office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night at two locations in Gary, about 50 km southeast of Chicago, while the other four bodies were found earlier over the weekend.

The coroner's office has described the new deaths as homicides.

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