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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Fraud trial jury are sent home

The jury in the €52m theft and fraud trial of former solicitor Thomas Byrne have reached verdicts in 36 of the 50 charges against him.

After nearly 16 hours' deliberation, the foreman told Judge Patrick McCartan they are "making progress" and have 14 counts left to consider and will return on Monday.

Byrne (47) of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, is accused of theft and fraud offences totalling €51.8m. He has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

ROBBIE SLAMS CHEATING LIAM

Robbie Williams has reignited his feud with Liam Gallagher after criticising the ex-Oasis frontman for cheating on his wife, former All Saints star Nicole Appleton.

Williams (39) said he was sorry for Appleton, who he dated before she met Gallagher, and added: "Nicole really doesn't deserve all that from Liam. I've very, very fond memories of her. She's a sweetie."

The singer said his feud with former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow was in the past and he did not even mind if Barlow's album outsold his.

ELEPHANTS DIE IN TRAIN CRASH

A passenger train has ploughed into a herd of elephants in India, killing seven as they lumbered across the tracks in a forest.

The train was travelling at 80kph through the Chapramari Forest when it struck the herd of 40 elephants crossing the tracks at dusk.

The crash is the worst of its kind in recent memory, said Hiten Burman, forestry minister in West Bengal.

PURRFECT HOME FOR SANDY CAT

A New York City kitten which spent a year recuperating with an animal rescue group has finally been adopted – by a fellow Superstorm Sandy refugee.

The white cat, named Joy, was the last of nearly 300 animals that ended up in an ASPCA shelter after the storm and is now getting used to her new home with Robert Curran.

Mr Curran's home and business on the city's Rockaway Peninsula were partly destroyed by Superstorm Sandy's powerful surge last year.

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