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Sex abuse case delay ruling

A 70-year-old former Christian Brother facing 138 charges of indecent assault on young boys dating back to 1978 has been given High Court permission to seek an order stopping his trial because of delay in prosecuting him.

James (Seamus) Treacy, of Ashton Close, Swords, Dublin, says his right to a fair and expeditious trial has been prejudiced by the delay.

Treacy appeared before Limerick District Court last June. He faces one batch of charges of indecent assault relating to four boys between 1978 and 1979 and a second batch of charges relating to 13 others between 1978 and 1981.

Wild monkeys attack village

A mob of wild monkeys went on a rampage in a village in eastern Indonesia, entering houses and attacking residents.

Seven people were injured, including one who is in a critical condition.

A 16-year-old boy was badly bitten in the attack and is being treated in hospital.

Murder trial nears verdict

CLOSING speeches were expected to be heard today in the trial of a Dublin teenager charged with murdering another teenager almost two years ago.

David Byrne (19) died from multiple stab wounds on March 19, 2011 after being chased into the car park of Emmet Court, Inchicore in Dublin.

Marcus Kirwan (19) of Cooley Road, Drimnagh has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Byrne, who had lived at Davitt House, also in Drimnagh.

Roman trough worth ¤100k

A garden trough in which a couple grew plants for 30 years is a 2,000-year-old Roman marble coffin worth more than £100,000.

The 6ft 9in ornament was there when the unsuspecting couple bought their home near Hadrian's Wall in 1982. They used it to grow heather, spring bulbs and plants.

But the one-ton trough has now been identified as a rare sarcophagus from the first or second century AD.

Guy Schwinge, an auctioneer, said the owners guessed it may be worth a fortune after a similar one was sold last year.