Thursday 22 August 2019

Woman may be force fed - judge

A young woman who suffers from severe anorexia nervosa may be force fed if necessary for a further two weeks, the President of the High Court decided.

Tim O'Leary SC, counsel for the Health Service Executive, told Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns that the HSE, the woman herself, and her family had agreed to the extension of mandatory court orders which were made three months ago.

In May last, the court heard that the woman, a student in her twenties who suffered from eating disorders since she was 12, weighed just over 30kg.

She was detained involuntarily in hospital since April under the provisions of the Mental Treatment Acts after her weight dropped to 24kg.

$65m seized at LA fashion hub

Federal authorities have arrested nine people and seized $65m in a crackdown on suspected drug money laundering in the fashion district of Los Angeles.

Agents seized the funds in cash and bank accounts as part of a probe following three separate indictments on charges of money laundering and other financial violations. About 1,000 law enforcement agents raided dozens of businesses in the downtown fashion district.

Man killed in shark attack

A man was killed yesterday in an apparent shark attack at the tourist destination of Byron Bay on Australia's east coast despite a beachgoer's rescue attempt, police said.

The beachgoer swam 15-20 metres from the shore of Clarke's Beach to retrieve the man, who had sustained severe wounds to his right leg.

The victim, a local man in his 50s, received medical treatment on the beach but did not survive, police said.

Israeli cop on US teen charge

An Israeli policeman was charged with assault causing bodily harm against a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent during a protest over the revenge killing of the teenager's cousin days before the eight -week war with Gaza.

The indictment charged the policeman with grabbing the youth and throwing him to the ground, and subsequently pummelling and dragging him with help from other officer.

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