A MAN has appeared in court charged with assault causing harm to a pensioner who is fighting for his life in hospital. Lee Mitchell (33), from Windmill Park, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was accused of the attack on Friday on 73-year-old Patrick McLoughlin.
The incident took place at his home, where he lives alone, in Convent Road, Carndonagh. Mr Mitchell was also charged with burglary on Friday at Millbrae, Carndonagh. He was remanded yesterday at a special sitting of Buncrana District Court. The judge remanded Mr Mitchell to remain in custody until his next appearance in Harristown District Court on June 6. Mr McLoughlin is being treated for serious injuries at Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital.
TEACHER DIES IN CRASH
AN IRISH teacher has died in a motorcycle accident in Thailand. Denis Bates (30) was killed last Friday night in a single-vehicle crash on the island of Phuket in the east of the country.
The Dublin native was believed to be driving his 132.5cc Yamaha Nouvo motorcycle when it left the road at about 11.30pm. He had been teaching English at the Baan Maireab School in eastern Phuket.
SWORD USED IN RAID
WORKERS were left terrified after two men armed with a sword and handgun held up a petrol station in a late-night raid. The Texaco service station in Burgage, Blessington, Co Wicklow, was targeted just after 10pm on Saturday.
A staff member pressed the station's panic button during the raid, alerting gardai to the robbery. Officers, who had been patrolling the area in a garda car, later stopped the vehicle and two men, one aged 30 and the other aged 40, were arrested.
A US-bound passenger jet made a "heavy" emergency landing at Dublin Airport after suffering a technical problem at 35,000ft over the Atlantic.
United Airlines flight UAL-101 was en route from Manchester to Washington when it turned around west of Sligo and rerouted to Dublin, where the airport's emergency plan was put into action. The Boeing 757-200 jet, with 164 passengers and crew on board, departed Manchester shortly after midday and had already overflown Ireland. About 45 minutes later, when the flight was 80km west of Sligo town, the crew declared an emergency. An airline spokesman confirmed that the flight was diverted due to a mechanical issue.