Tuesday 12 December 2017

In Brief: Dad on trial for daughter's rape

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 for a second day.

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.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy was due to rule on the legal issue this morning after which the trial will resume in evidence before a jury of eight men and four women.

Teen mum took baby begging

A TEENAGE mother who brought her baby girl begging on a Dublin street has been bound to the peace for one year.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that the then 17-year-old mother, who is from Romania and came to Ireland to claim social welfare, had been begging on Thomas Street, on April 16 last.

The mother, now aged 18, had pleaded guilty to committing an offence by having her then five-month old daughter in a public place for the purpose of inducing "the giving of alms".

Armstrong led Glenn tributes

The first man to set foot on the moon led the tributes to the first American to orbit the Earth on the 50th anniversary of the feat.

Neil Armstrong was the surprise speaker at an Ohio State University gala honouring John Glenn half a century after Mr Glenn's historic 1962 space flight.

Mr Glenn has had his share of accomplishments. But the former astronaut and US senator from Ohio recently said he envies Mr Armstrong.

Rains dislodge landmines

Chilean authorities say flooding from heavy rains dislodged anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, floating two of the explosive devices on to the Pan-American Highway near the border with Peru.

Governor Ximena Valcarce of Arica and Parinacota says soldiers were called in and exploded the landmines without incident today.

Traffic has been suspended on the highway and on a railway and fishermen are being denied access to the nearby ocean.

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