Thursday 14 December 2017

Suspects deny crime charges

THE trial of two Galway men accused of directing a criminal organisation has been adjourned until Monday when a full jury will be able to attend.

Michael O'Loughlin (31) of Rahylin Glebe, Ballybane, and Eddie O'Loughlin (28), of Rockfield Park, Rahoon, have both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to directing the activities of a criminal organisation in the Galway area between February 10 and June 1, 2010.

The trial was adjourned for the second day running after a juror failed to attend.

Church victim left paralysed

A homeless alcoholic has been jailed for three years after he attacked another man on the steps of a church, leaving him paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.

William Burke (48) punched victim Francis Cunningham once, knocking him to the ground, then kicked him to the side of the face.

The victim suffered a serious brain injury and will probably never be able to walk unaided again.

Burke, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm on James's Street on October 2, 2010.

Mass killer's insanity test

A Norwegian court has ruled that the right-wing extremist who confessed to killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting spree must undergo a second psychiatric evaluation against his will.

The Oslo district court said that Anders Behring Breivik can be placed under observation for up to four weeks at the prison where he's being held in pretrial detention.

Two psychiatrists who interviewed Breivik found him criminally insane but a second evaluation was ordered amid criticism of that diagnosis.

British woman held at airport

A British woman has been barred from leaving Egypt after being arrested at Cairo.

The British Foreign Office said it was assisting the woman, who is on a list of foreigners under investigation over ties to foreign non-profit groups accused of stirring unrest in the country.

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