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Jury takes break in murder trial

The jury in the trial of a 27-year-old accused of murdering a man in Co Wicklow three years ago has suspended its deliberations for the weekend.

Michael Dickenson, of no fixed abode and formerly of Darragh Park, Wicklow town, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Steven O'Meara at Ballydonnell Wood, Red Cross, on or about August 6, 2009.

Mr O'Meara, a 26-year-old father-of-three from Rosehill in Wicklow town, was last seen on August 6, 2009 and his body was found by garda in a shallow grave in woods five months later, on Christmas Eve.

The jury will resume its deliberations on Monday.



Noel may deal on new show

Noel Edmonds (63) is in talks for a potential to return to BBC1 for a Saturday entertainment show.

The host of Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal is in discussions to host a programme which could replace Total Wipeout.

He's in line to present a pilot version of planned show The Bodyguard in which contestants take part in a number of challenges.



Boy (12) on murder charge

A 12-year-old boy is being charged with second-degree murder after a two-year-old foster child living with his family was beaten to death in a Washington DC suburb.

The boy is being charged as a juvenile and his name is not being released.

A police spokeswoman said his father called emergency services on Tuesday night to report the girl was unresponsive. The man performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead at hospital.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the child, identified as Aniyah Batchelor, died of blunt force trauma.

The boy, who lives in Fort Washington, made his first appearance in court yesterday. He is being held at a youth detention centre.



US missiles kill four 'militants'

missiles fired by a US drone have killed at least four suspected militants near the Afghan border.

Officials say at least two insurgents were also wounded in the strike near Miran Shah, the main town of the North Waziristan tribal region.