Friday 15 December 2017

Two men deny murder of mum

Two Lithuanian men have pleaded not guilty to murdering a mother-of-two in Co Wexford last year.

Ruslanas Mineikas (25), with an address in Wexford town, and Ricardas Dilys (27), of Davitt Road South in Wexford town, are charged with murdering Rebecca French (30) on October 9, 2009.

Mr Justice Paul Carney had difficulty swearing in a jury to try the case at the Central Criminal Court. He eventually swore in a jury of seven men and five women to hear the trial, which begins tomorrow and is expected to last at least two weeks.

The smoking chimp has died

Charlie, the smoking chimpanzee, has died.

Qondile Khedama, a spokesman for the central South African city of Bloemfontein where Charlie had been a fixture at the small zoo, says the chimp died on Tuesday, apparently of old age. Charlie was believed to be 52.

Khedama said zoo officials noticed about five years ago that visitors were tossing Charlie cigarettes, and he was mimicking smokers.

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