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Reveller loses assault case

A MAN who claimed he was assaulted at a bar on New Year's Eve has lost his action against two brothers.

In a majority verdict, a jury rejected claims by Patrick Jinks (55) that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned by brothers Niall McDermott, owner of McDermott's pub in Riverstown, Co Sligo, and Kevin McDermott on December 31, 2001.

Mr Jinks had alleged that when drinking in the bar on New Year's Eve, he was grabbed by the ears from behind and pulled off his bar stool by Niall McDermott "for no legitimate reason".

The defendant denied the claims. In the High Court, Mr Justice Eamon De Valera made orders dismissing Mr Jinks' action and awarded costs to the brothers.

Endangered baby gorilla dies

Early tests show that an endangered baby gorilla born nine days ago at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo died of a head trauma.

Zoo workers discovered the baby gorilla was dead as she was being carried around by her mother. The workers allowed the first-time mother to keep the baby for several hours "to make peace with what happened", the zoo said.

The baby was the first Western lowland gorilla born at the zoo since 2005.