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In Brief: €70k seized from couple

A MAN has had more than €49,000 seized from him after a court rejected his claim that the cash was the winnings of a horse racing syndicate.

The man's partner had €19,950 confiscated from her after telling the court she didn't trust banks.

David Whearty (50) of Kennetstown, Bellewstown, Co Meath and Angela Rooney (46) of Congress Avenue, Drogheda, Co Louth were due to fly out to Spain when stopped at Dublin Airport by a customs officer on February 27, 2010.

Judge Patricia Ryan declared both sums to be the proceeds of crime and ordered that they be forfeited.



Disabled teen 'raped on bus'

Los Angeles police are looking for a man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman on a city bus.

The suspect boarded the bus with the woman (18), who has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, followed her to the back and forced himself on her.

A lone witness tried to alert the bus driver that the rape was happening, but it continued for about 10 minutes until the suspect stopped and got off the bus.



Death leap to avoid eviction

A woman in Spain jumped to her death as bailiffs approached to evict her yesterday from her fourth-floor flat for failing to pay the mortgage.

It was the second apparent suicide linked to evictions, and it further illustrates the dire conditions many Spaniards find themselves in as the country's economy sinks.

The 53-year-old woman threw herself from her balcony in a suburb of Bilbao.

She worked at a local bus depot and was married to a former town councillor.



Warsaw crash court move

Passengers on a US-to-Poland plane that crashed in Warsaw when its landing gear didn't deploy are suing Boeing and the firm that inspected the 767 before it departed from New Jersey.

Around 230 people were aboard the November 2011 Lot flight when it hit the runway, generating sparks as its belly scraped along the pavement.

Emergency crews doused the plane, and nobody was seriously hurt.


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