Monday 21 January 2019

In brief: Rape trial at closing stages

THE trial of a man accused of raping a young woman at a Dublin apartment after a night out has reached its closing stages at the Central Criminal Court.

The jury was sent home for the weekend after one hour of deliberation to resume again Monday morning. It was day four of the trial.

The 29-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to raping and sexually assaulting the woman at a Dublin address on May 3, 2009.

Hospital wins injunction

A FORMER laboratory nurse has been ordered by the High Court not to make allegedly defamatory claims about the operation of a private hospital.

The Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin had secured a permanent injunction preventing Mr Pre Eminent Ndlovu, of Fownes Street, Dublin, from publishing defamatory, vexatious and abusive material in emails and on the web.

Mr Ndlovu previously worked at the hospital as a laboratory nurse. Mr Ndlovu was employed at the hospital between June 2008 and October 2009 and had not made any complaints during that time, counsel for the hospital said.

Rihanna to sing at Grammys

One day after pulling out of a benefit concert citing illness, Rihanna was yesterday spotted in rehearsals for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, which are due to take place tomorrow.

Representatives for Rihanna could not be reached for comment, but the Umbrella singer said she would be rehearsing despite suffering from bronchitis.

"Bronchitis and laryngitis boo! I'm still goin to rehearsals tho! Sunday is everything," she said.

Quake strikes central Chile

A 6.8 earthquake struck central Chile yesterday hitting electricity and phone services were disrupted.

But the Chilean government quickly announced that there was no risk of a tsunami, and there were no reports of injuries.

In the following hours, a dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitude-3.9 to magnitude-6.3 shook the seismically active area.

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