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In Brief: Jury still out on sex abuse man

The jury in the trial of an Offaly man accused of sexually abusing four girls were sent home over night after convicting the man of some of the charges against him and acquitting him of others.

The 64-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 100 charges of sex assault and oral rape of his two daughters and two step-daughters on dates between May 1989 and December 2006.

The jury have so far found the man guilty of 21 counts of sexual assault and two counts of oral rape of the eldest complainant. They have acquitted him of five counts of sexual assault and three counts of oral rape against this girl.


Boy accused of missile attack

A DUBLIN youth accused of throwing missiles and violent behaviour at a garda station has been ordered to obey a curfew and to remain sober.

The 17-year-old schoolboy has also been charged at the Children's Court with violent behaviour at a garda station following his arrest.

Judge John O'Connor heard yesterday that the youth, who is on bail, "made no reply" when charged.


Mr & Mrs host Batey (84) dies

THE original Mr & Mrs game show host Derek Batey, has died aged 84.

The TV personality, who presented the show throughout the 1970s and 80s, died at a hospice near his home in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, on Sunday night following a short illness, ITV said.


Houdini Horse


is YouTube hit

A horse in Michigan is being dubbed the "Houdini Horse" thanks to her knack for opening stall doors.

The nine-year-old horse named Mariska somehow learned to open latches at Misty Meadow Farms near Midland in central Michigan.

The farm's co-owner, Sandy Bonem, posted a video online of the horse opening numerous locks.

It catches how Mariska lets herself out, then unlocking stalls for other horses – just not her mother's.

As of yesterday, the YouTube video had more than 760,000 views.