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In Brief: Former garda on gun charge

A FORMER garda will stand trial next July accused of corruption and illegally possessing a shotgun.

Daniel Tarrant (50) of Doon, Kiskeam, Mallow, Co Cork indicated at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he will plead not guilty to the charges.

His co-accused Helena Bruton (51) of Cluain Ri, Ashbourne, Co Meath will stand trial alongside him on related charges of obtaining confidential information.

Judge Martin Nolan remanded both accused on continuing bail until June 7, 2013 when a pre-trial hearing will take place. The trial is scheduled for July 1.



Bin trap man gets nickname

A MAN who got his head stuck in a rubbish bin while recovering his hat has been nicknamed "bucket heid".

William Middleton was cut free by firefighters and pictures of him stuck in the Aberdeen bin have been shared online.

The 53-year-old told the BBC: "I couldn't get my head out. It was stinking. I'm now known as bucket heid."



Teacher back from France

RUNAWAY teacher Jeremy Forrest is expected to arrive back in the UK tomorrow after his arrest in France on suspicion of child abduction.

Forrest (30) appeared before magistrates in Bordeaux yesterday and agreed to his extradition to Britain.

Lawyers for the married maths teacher said the "full story" of his disappearance with 15-year-old pupil Megan Stammers will emerge once he has been deported.



Court waits on suspect shave

A US military appeals court wants to hear oral arguments before deciding if an Army psychiatrist can be forcibly shaved before his murder trial.

Major Nidal Hasan will face the death penalty if convicted of the 2009 shootings that killed 13 people at the Fort Hood post in Texas.

Hasan's attorneys say the order violates his right to practice his Muslim religion without substantial government intrusion.

The appeals court on Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, will hear from prosecutors and defence attorneys on October 11.


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