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Sunday 17 December 2017

Wife killer to be sentenced later

A MAN who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of his wife, is due to be sentenced on April 20.

Oliver Kierans (57) of Drumbannon, Bailieboro, in Cavan, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Patricia Kierans (54) on September 5, 2013 at the same address.

He was found guilty by the jury last month of the possession of a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun and guilty of possession with intent to endanger life. The majority verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter was reached after 15 hours of deliberations.

No jail for boy in phone theft

A 16-YEAR-OLD first-time offender has been ordered to carry out 60 hours of community service for stealing a phone from a man at Bachelors Walk in Dublin city centre.

The boy pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court to the theft which occurred on October 21 last.

Judge John O'Connor noted the boy was aged 15 , no violence was used and he had no previous criminal convictions. The teen was told he must carry out the community service work otherwise he would receive a three-month sentence.

Bats follow traffic rules

Bats obey an "airway code" to avoid collisions as they dive and turn at high speed while chasing food, scientists have discovered.

The sonar-based traffic rules ensure there are no accidents as the creatures perform their aerobatic manoeuvres. Researchers from the University of Bristol studied pairs of Daubenton's bats (Myotis daubentonii) foraging over low water for stranded insects in Somerset.

Analysis of their echo-location calls revealed the bats' anti-collision system.

Walliams to stay on BGT

David Walliams has signed up to be a judge for another series of Britain's Got Talent. The star, who recently split from wife Lara Stone, has done three years on the hit ITV talent show.

He said: "We've got a really great panel and I love the chemistry.

"Most of the time it's a really happy experience and I would've been foolish to leave it."

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