Friday 25 May 2018

No forensics in cigarette theft

THERE was no forensic evidence linking a Meath man to a €300,000 cigarette robbery, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Frank Cunningham (62) of Moyfenrath, Enfield, pleaded not guilty to the robbery of tobacco products worth €314,916 and the false imprisonment of Joseph O'Toole and Edward Postol in Blanchardstown on March 14, 2007.

He has also pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm or imitation firearm and unlawful use of a vehicle on the same date.

Detective Garda Anthony Kennedy told the court that fingerprints, fibre samples and DNA samples were taken from the crime scene but that they all proved inconclusive.

The trial continues.

Death toll rises in landslides

THE death toll from earthquake-triggered landslides in the Philippine islands has climbed to 15, and at least 73 people are still missing.

Yesterday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake also collapsed bridges and damaged roads on Negros Island, forcing soldiers and firefighters to hike mountains to reach remote villages.

Most of the confirmed deaths were in Planas village, where some 30 houses were buried under debris.

Tail repairs for Boeing planes

BOEING said repairs are needed in the tail sections of some of its new 787s, although it said there is no immediate safety concern.

Boeing has delivered five of the planes since September to Japan's All Nippon Airways and built dozens more.

A Boeing spokeswoman said that inspections were under way to determine which planes need repairs.

It said the tail issue involves shims, which are spacers between the 787's skin and the parts that support it.

Mountain lion attacks boy (6)

OFFICIALS at a Texas national park are looking for a mountain lion that attacked a six-year-old boy.

Big Bend National Park spokesman David Elkowitz said the boy was treated for puncture wounds and scratches in hospital.

The lion remains on the loose. Rangers began evacuating trails and campsites early yesterday.

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