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Clare murder trial adjourned

THE trial of a FAS worker accused of murdering a woman in Co Clare two years ago has been adjourned.

Colm Deely (41), of School Road in Ballyvaughan, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Deirdre McCarthy (43) in March 2011.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that Ms McCarthy's body was found on Fanore Beach on March 31.

Mr Justice Barry White told the jury that he had to deal with other cases yesterday but that Deely's trial was now in its closing stages.

DEPARDIEU PUT OFF THE ROAD

A French court has fined Gerard Depardieu €4,000 and suspended his driver's licence for six months in a drunk-driving case that started when the actor fell off his scooter in Paris and ended up being taken to a police station.

Depardieu's lawyer, Eric de Caumont, said he planned to appeal. He said Depardieu, who was not at the hearing, was in Moscow filming.

It's not the first time alcohol and the law mixed for the 64-year-old actor. In 1998, Depardieu crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol level was five times over the legal limit. He escaped with leg and face injuries.

BID TO CAGE OFF

TOWN'S DRUNKS

Politicians in a Swedish town have proposed building a glass enclosure in the main square so that alcoholics and drug users can socialise without causing a public disturbance.

The motion tabled this week by two local politicians in Falkoping argued that people on the fringes of society should be able to enjoy public places, but not at the expense of others.

Others disagreed. "This just feels like an updated version of a leper colony," said a local government official.

HUGE BLAST AT FIREWORKS FIRM

A MASSIVE explosion at a fireworks warehouse has rocked Canada, killing at least two people.

A series of explosions subsequently erupted from the charred building after the initial blast at BEM. Fireworks near Valleyfield, Quebec. A building near a major road was destroyed.


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