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Cousin cleared of sex charges

A Roscommon man has been acquitted of raping and sexually assaulting his young cousin.

The 38-year-old man had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of rape and 10 counts of sexual assault at three different locations in Co Roscommon between 1989 and 1991.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan had earlier directed the jury to find him not guilty on seven counts of sexual assault.

The jury of eight men and four women found him not guilty of one count of rape and three counts of sexual assault after nearly four hours of deliberation.

Nude rambler behind bars

AN Englishman who has spent most of the past decade naked – and in jail – is back behind bars after defying an order to cover up.

Stephen Gough, known as the 'Naked Rambler,' was arrest as he left a court in Southampton wearing only boots, socks and a knapsack.

A judge had just imposed an order that he must "wear sufficient clothing in public to at least cover his genitalia and buttocks."

The 54-year-old former Royal Marine was detained until a hearing on March 25.

Crash victim's mum gets €63k

THE mother of a young man killed in a car crash over 10 years ago is to receive €63,500.

The settlement was reached with Brid McCann, of Tara Court, Navan, Co Meath, against the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).

Colin McCann (25) was a passenger in an uninsured car driven by Ciaran Delaney (28) from Celbridge, Co Kildare, when the vehicle left the road and crashed at Clonee, Co Meath, on June 6, 2002. Both men died.

Colin McCann was a bricklayer and lived with his mother, to whom he handed over between €40 and €50 a week.

Nuke warning to North Korea

South Korean president Park Geun-hye has urged North Korea to abandon its drive for nuclear weapons or face deepening isolation and deteriorating ties with Seoul.

Her speech came four days after her inauguration as the country's first female president.


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