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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Legal debate at dad's rape trial

The trial of a Sligo man accused of the sexual assault and rape of his teenage daughter has continued in legal argument in the absence of the jury.

The 48-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sexual assault and seven counts of rape at the family home between September 2005 and September 2007.

The alleged victim has given evidence that her father sexually abused her once every two to three weeks from when she was 13.

She also said that he took her virginity in March 2006.

The trial will resume in evidence on Monday.



Two held over



Celtic threats

Two men have been arrested for allegedly posting threatening comments online aimed at senior staff at Celtic FC.

Strathclyde Police raided two properties, one in Aberdeen and the other in Stamford, Lincolnshire, early this morning and arrested a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old.

Next week, two other men are to go on trial in Glasgow accused of conspiring to murder Celtic manager Neil Lennon and high-profile supporters of the club.



Polish MP in



marijuana plea

A prominent Polish politician and several other people have smoked marijuana in front of parliament as part of a campaign to liberalise the country's drug laws.

With police looking on, Janusz Palikot, the head of the left-wing party Palikot's Movement, took a few puffs from a joint under falling snow in Warsaw yesterday to make his point.

Activists want the country's laws changed to decriminalise the possession and consumption of marijuana.



Glenn recalls



historic orbit

John Glenn fever has taken hold of Cape Canaveral once again.

Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed hundreds of employees at Kennedy Space Center yesterday.

Glenn (90) circled Earth three times on February 20, 1962, in his Friendship 7 capsule.

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