Thursday 22 March 2018

While you were sleeping: stories you may have missed overnight

The Soyuz FG rocket sits on the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, from where it is set to carry British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station tomorrow. Picture date: Monday December 14, 2015
The Soyuz FG rocket sits on the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, from where it is set to carry British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station tomorrow. Picture date: Monday December 14, 2015
The remains of Khandalyce Kiara Pearce near a remote town in the state of South Australia
Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson
Jose Mourinho's touchline promptings again brought no reward

A man accused of killing a woman whose bones were found in an Australian forest has been charged with the murder of her two-year-old daughter, whose body was discovered in a suitcase 750 miles away.

Daniel Holdom, 41, is said to have murdered little Khandalyce Pearce, whose body was found on the side of a road in South Australia earlier this year.

The charge comes two months after Holdom was accused of the murder of Khandalyce's mother, Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson, 20, and seven years after police say the pair were killed at different times and in different locations.

Superintendent Mick Willing of New South Wales Police said investigators believe Holdom killed the little girl days after murdering her mother. Both suffered "violent deaths", he said.

READ MORE: Man charged with murder of mum and little girl whose body was mysteriously dumped in a suitcase

You might think you've got a busy day but spare a thought for British astronaut Tim Peake. He's preparing to blast into orbit today and will be the first Briton to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), will take off at 11.03am UK time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

He will fly from Launch Pad 1, the historic spot from which Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in April 1961.

His wife, Rebecca, and two sons Thomas, six and Oliver, four, will be watching as Major Tim and his two crew companions are lifted into the sky by a Soyuz FG rocket packed with 300 tonnes of fuel.

Travelling with him are Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra.

READ MORE: British astronaut Tim Peake prepares to blast into orbit

Poor old Jose Mourinho is also feeling the heat this morning. His Chelsea side crashed to another defeat last night against Leicester, leaving the Portuguese on the brink of an exit from the club.

Claudio Ranieri's men were well worth their three points as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez's goals saw Leicester jump two points clear of Arsenal. Mourinho's men, however, sit just one point above third from bottom Norwich and the Portuguese boss also admitted their hopes of finishing in the top four are now gone.

"We conceded two goals that were unacceptable," Mourinho said. "One of my best qualities is that I can read the game and identify the strengths of the opponent and tell my players that. (It's a) big frustration to accept the goals because my work was betrayed, if that is the right word.

"Last season I did phenomenal work, I brought them to a level that they are not really at."

Chelsea's woes were compounded by a first-half injury suffered by their Belgium forward Eden Hazard who hobbled off with an apparent hip problem.

Jose Mourinho turned the spotlight on his off-colour Chelsea flops by claiming he was "betrayed" by last night's dismal display that saw the champions slump to their ninth Premier League defeat of the season as Leicester reclaimed their place at the top of the tree.

In the papers today, the Irish Independent leads with the news that six members of the IFA's full-time management executive are on basic salaries of more than €160,000 per year.


The story also reveals that at least one former IFA president has received an exit package as his term of office came to a close.

The Herald leads with the news that a weapons haul has been found near the murder site of Garda Adrian Donahoe.

An arsenal including AK-47 assault rifles was found near where the garda was murdered in January 2013.

Gardai will today resume their search of the Jenkinstown area where the cache of weapons and explosives was found yesterday.

The Irish Daily Star leads with the tragic inquest of Shane Michael Skeffington (20) who stabbed his little brother Brandon Skeffington before taking his own life in May 2014.

The Sligo inquest heard that 20-year-old Shane Michael Skeffington was in a psychiatric hospital two months before he killed his brother.

As the nurses strike is called off, the Irish Times leads with the story that hospitals are set to miss patient waiting time targets. The story details that the health service plan warns of a €100m shortfall uin funding for hospitals in2016 . It also reveals that thousands of hospital patients will not be treated within offical time frame.

The Irish Sun leads with a cheeky headline of Wash and Blow, which tells the story of a Co Kerry mum-of-four who is facing Christmas without a home after he dishwasher turned into a fireball and destroyed her house. Geraldine Whelan told the paper that the story could have ended in tragedy if she and her daughter had been asleep in the property at the time.

The Irish Daily Mail's main story leads with the story of Phillip Kinsella (15) who is already back at work after he collapsed stacking sandbags with his brothers to save his home. The paper detailshow the local community in Clonlara co Clare has rallied around the family with offers of gifts and grinds as Philip and his brothers, Luke and Jake, face exams.

READ MORE: Philip (15) collapses after working all week to save home

Finally, the Irish Examiner leads with the news that 70pc of all burglars reoffend after jail release. According to a report released by the Central Statistics Office yesterday, the rates of reoffending among burglars have jumped, despite an overall reduction in criminals reoffending.

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