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Sunday 17 December 2017

Sleepwalking sex trial jury out

THE jury in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting his cousin were expected to begin deliberations today.

The 26-year-old has claimed he suffers from "sexsomnia" which causes him to physically and sexually attack people in his sleep.

He has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault in a Dublin home on August 11, 2009.

It is alleged that while sleeping in his cousin's flat in Dublin the accused got into her bed, pulled her pyjamas down and assaulted her.



Soldiers beat burning monk

A TIBETAN monk set himself on fire in China and was beaten by security forces as they put out the flames, an international human rights group has claimed.

Lobsang Gyatso, a 19-year-old monk from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan, set himself ablaze on Aba's main street yesterday.

Security forces beat Gyatso while extinguishing the flames, then took him away, the International Campaign for Tibet said.

Aba has been the scene of numerous protests against the Chinese government, many led by monks loyal to Tibet's exiled Dalai Lama.



Queen mooner is fined ¤609

A SYDNEY man has been fined £510 (¤609) for mooning at the Queen and Prince Philip during their royal visit to Australia.

Barman Liam Warriner was sentenced in Brisbane for creating a public nuisance. He had earlier admitted running as the royal motorcade drove past well-wishers, with an Australian flag clenched between his cheeks. An unrepentant Warriner said outside court that he would do the same thing to "any self-important, self-propagating elitist".



Two pupils hurt at Columbine

TWO Columbine High School students were hurt when they were attacked by with a hammer by a 14-year-old girl.

The girl, also a pupil of the Denver school which was the scene of one of the worst school attacks in US history, was arrested and faces assault charges. The victims, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were taken to hospital and released after treatment.

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