International boxer Kenneth Okungbowa has been found not guilty by a trial judge in the theft of items worth over €30,000 from an Athlone jewellers in 2009. On day two of his trial at Mullingar Circuit Court sitting in Tullamore, Judge Donagh McDonagh instructed the jury that in their absence he heard evidence that made him rule in favour of the accused.
Defence counsel Kerida Naidoo told the court that there was no warrant to arrest Mr Okungbowa at his home, therefore it was unlawful and unconstitutional. Judge McDonagh told the court that the arrest of Mr Okungbowa was not proven to be done to the letter of the law and he found the accused not guilty of the charge.
Mr David Elio Malocco
In an article published on March 2 concerning an interview given by Mr Michael Lynn to Mr Malocco in 'Dublin Best' magazine, it was stated that Mr Malocco did not respond to attempts by this newspaper to contact him about the interview. We accept that Mr Malocco did respond but due to a production error his response was not printed. We have apologised to Mr Malocco for this error and are pleased to publish this clarification.
No Sunday burials
Bereaved families in Galway City are having to fork out an additional €750 because there are no Sunday burials in the city.
There have been no Sunday burials at Bohermore or Rahoon since the end of last year and Councillor Ollie Crowe (FF) has claimed that families are being forced to spend between €500 and €750 because of the costs incurred in keeping the remains of loved ones at funeral homes for additional nights.