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Judge clears rape accused

A CENTRAL Criminal Court judge has ordered a jury to find a Mayo man not guilty of rape because he believes the alleged victim was not being truthful in her evidence.

Mr Justice Barry White said he was "reluctantly driven to the conclusion that there were many many inconsistencies" in the woman's evidence.

In directing them to find the accused not guilty, he told the jury, that the woman had a miserable life and was seriously ill. "It is with much regret that I have taken the action I have taken," he said.

The accused man had denied raping the woman at an address in Co Mayo on November 6, 2005.

Wife killer put poison in drink

A man who admitted killing his wife by lacing her coffee with cyanide has been sentenced to 19 years.

David Steeves from New York pleaded guilty in June to the second-degree murder of Maureen Steeves (41).

Defence lawyer Craig McElwee said Steeves (45) bought the cyanide to kill himself but "chickened out" and gave it to his wife.

His sons, aged 17 and 15, wrote letters to the judge, saying their father deserved no mercy.

Hotel is hit by vomiting bug

A hotel at the centre of a suspected outbreak of the norovirus bug has just one remaining guest with symptoms, health chiefs said.

A total of 58 guests and 17 employees have been affected by the virus at the Hilton Glasgow hotel since July 14.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde launched an investigation after guests at the five star hotel complained of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Jail for airport drug smuggler

A FATHER-of-three, who attempted to smuggled over €70,000 worth of pellets of cocaine in his body into Ireland, has been given a seven -year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Anthony Camara (30) of Green Park, Mahon, Cork, pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on February 21, 2009.

Camara, who is originally from Sierra Leone and is married to an Irish woman, was caught when he was searched by customs.