Saturday 29 November 2014

Peru Two prison move

Published 07/04/2014 | 02:30

DRUGS smuggler Michaella McCollum Connolly could be moved to a prison in Northern Ireland after her co-accused took a step towards coming back to the UK.

The 'Peru Two' could be separated after Scottish authorities confirmed they are considering a request from cocaine smuggler Melissa Reid to spend the rest of her prison term in her native Scotland. While McCollum Connolly, her friend and smuggling partner, has not yet applied to be transferred from Lima, Reid's success so far has raised hopes the Dungannon woman could follow her move.

DUO IN COCAINE CHARGE

TWO men have appeared before a special court sitting charged in relation to the seizure of cocaine.

Paul O'Donoghue (38), from Marian Villas, Laytown, Co Meath, and Graham Tully (56), of Bessexswell Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth, are accused of possession of cocaine at Bessexswell Lane, Drogheda, on Saturday. They are also accused of possession of the drug for the purpose of selling or supplying it to others. Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill court in Dublin next Friday.

STROKE VICTIMS' BATTLE

HALF of stroke survivors battle with their mental health on the road to recovery, but only one in 10 get any treatment. Studies reveal that 22pc of patients suffer from depression in the six months after they have a stroke.

And a study by the National Survey of Stroke Survivors reveals that just 11pc of stroke victims have access to psychological services.

TWO SAILORS RESCUED

TWO sailors have been rescued from a sinking yacht by the RNLI. The drama unfolded off the coast near Arklow, Co Wicklow, on Saturday afternoon.

The RNLI crew were alerted to the incident at 2.43pm. They first tried to use pumps to get the water our of the boat but this proved unsuccessful, and the crew of two were evacuated to the lifeboat which was towed back to shore.

AIR ACTION FAST-TRACKED

CIVIL actions over the Cork air tragedy in which six people died and six were injured are to be fast-tracked. Coroner's inquests into the six deaths are scheduled to be staged in Cork on June 10/11.

The inquest evidence and verdicts, combined with the hard-hitting Air Accident Investigation Unit report published last January, will now be central to the civil claims arising from the Manx2.com tragedy.

Irish Independent

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