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Sunday 24 September 2017

Rape trial jury is set to retire

A JURY in the Central Criminal Court trial of a man accused of raping a woman who was too sick to resist after a party were expected to retire to consider their verdict.

The man has pleaded not guilty to raping and sexually assaulting the woman in a house in Donegal on May 20, 2007. The jury of nine men and three women have heard closing speeches from prosecuting and defence counsel.

The jurors will retire to consider their verdicts when Mr Justice John Edwards completes his charge to them.



Diver killed by crocodile

A US State Department spokesman has confirmed that a 25-year-old New Jersey woman was killed by a crocodile while snorkeling in India's Andaman Islands last month.

Lauren Failla was vacationing at a resort with her boyfriend when she went missing on April 28. Her body was found two days later. Failla's death comes four years after her older sister Emily was killed in a rock climbing accident in Washington.



Man can't dress as a schoolgirl

A 60-year-old was due to stand trial today charged with breaching an Asbo which bans him from dressing up as a schoolgirl.

Peter Trigger was given the five-year Asbo in December 2008 after waiting near a primary school in the town dressed as a schoolgirl.

Trigger, from Farndon Close, Northampton, previously denied breaching the order three times and was expected to stand trial today at Northampton Magistrates' Court. He is accused of causing harassment, alarm or distress on December 16 last year, contrary to the terms of the order.



Illegal tusks found at port

Authorities in the northern Vietnamese port city of Haiphong discovered nearly two tonnes of elephant tusks illegally imported from Kenya.

A customs official said the tusks were discovered on Tuesday hidden in dried seaweed in a container that arrived at the port on April 28.

The official said today the shipment was bound for neighbouring China.

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