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Killer boyfriend 'made threats'

A MAN charged with murdering the mother of his unborn son threatened to smash a phone over her head a couple of weeks before she died, his trial has heard.

Mother-of-four Jean Teresa Quigley was found dead in her home in Cornshell Fields, Shantallow, Derry, on Saturday July 26 2008. The 30-year-old, who was 10 weeks' pregnant, had been strangled.

Stephen Cahoon, of Harvey Street, Derry, admits killing his former girlfriend but has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The father-of-one went missing after her killing but was arrested in Donegal 10 days later, after using a bank machine there.

The trial continues.

Trayvon's killer

gets $150k bail

George Zimmerman, who is accused of murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, has had his bail set at $150,000, with the requirement that he submit to electronic monitoring, a Florida judge has ruled.

Zimmerman (28) fatally shot Trayvon on February 26. He is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled to be arraigned next month.

His lawyer said he will plead not guilty.

Battle to save

psychiatric unit

THE closure of a psychiatric unit will also cause irreparable harm and hardship to patients and their families, the president of the High Court has heard.

The claim has been made in proceedings brought by two community-based groups, Save Our Acute Hospital Services Limited and the Cashel Action Committee, against the Minister for Health, the HSE and the State, aimed at preventing closure of the 29-bed St Michael's acute psychiatric unit in Clonmel hospital. The case continues.

Volcano sparks fear for village

A 17,886ft volcano has erupted close to Mexico City, showering fragments of glowing rock down its slopes.

A white cloud of ash, gas, water vapour and superheated rock spewed from the cone of Popocatepetl high above the village of Xalitzintla.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre said that a string of eruptions started on Thursday morning.