Saturday 16 December 2017

No verdict in robbery case

A JURY in the trial of a man accused of robbery and false imprisonment has been sent home for the second night after failing to reach a verdict.

Frank (Francis) Cunningham (63) of Bog Road, Longwood in Co Meath had denied at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court 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 denied possession of a firearm or imitation firearm and unlawful use of a vehicle

The jury were expected to resume deliberations today.

1,000 honour

Bennett song

More than 1,000 people gathered on Valentine's Day to honour singer Tony Bennett and the 50th anniversary of his famous song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

A symphony, children's chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus sang the famous song to Bennett (85), during a ceremony held at San Francisco's City Hall.

The song is played after every home victory for the Giants baseball team.

Juror's illness

collapses trial

The trial of two Galway men accused of directing a criminal organisation has collapsed due to the illness of a juror.

Michael O'Loughlin (31) of Rahylin Glebe, Ballybane and Eddie O'Loughlin (28) of Rockfield Park, Rahoon, have both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to directing the activities of a criminal organisation in the Galway area between February 10 and June 1, 2010.

The jury were discharged after one juror called in sick for the third day in a row. A new jury was due to be sworn in today.

Obama's alert

for Valentines

President Barack Obama had a special message for American men yesterday -- reminding them it was Valentine's Day.

"Do not forget!" he warned, in a preface to remarks about the benefits of a payroll tax cut. "I speak from experience here... and go big -- that's my advice."

He later took his wife Michelle out to dinner at Vermilion, a restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb.

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