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Saturday 18 August 2018

Low turnout for North vote

A record low turnout for a Westminster by-election in the North was witnessed in west Belfast as Sinn Fein comfortably retained the seat vacated by Gerry Adams.

Sitting Assembly Member Paul Maskey topped the poll by more than 13,000 votes but the 37.53pc turnout was the lowest percentage since partition in 1921.

Voter apathy was feared in a contest many viewed as a foregone conclusion and which represented the fourth major election in the constituency in four years.



No verdict after boot body trial

A jury at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin failed to agree a verdict in the trial of a Wexford woman accused of impeding the murder investigation into a mother of two.

The body of Ms Rebecca French (30) was discovered in the boot of a burning car on October 9, 2009. She had been beaten to death and died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Helen Connors (25) with an address at Belvedere Grove, Wexford, had denied the charge.

Mr Justice Sheehan put the case in for mention on June 27, 2011, and remanded Ms Connors in custody until then.



Five shot on NY boardwalk

Five people have been shot and wounded on a crowded boardwalk near a New York City beach, and two of them are in critical condition, authorities said.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the shootings by two gunmen happened during an altercation late yesterday afternoon on the Brighton Beach boardwalk.

Mr Browne did not know if the wounded were intended targets or bystanders.

He said police are questioning some people, but declined to say whether they were potential suspects.

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