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Killer in battle for jail transfer

AN Englishman who was jailed for killing his former partner in Dublin is seeking to be transferred to a prison in the UK to be close to his ailing 87-year-old mother.

Clive Butcher, of Ranelagh Road, Dublin, is challenging an earlier refusal by the Minister for Justice to grant the transfer. He is currently serving a six-and-a-half year sentence in Wheatfield Prison.

Butcher (47) was jailed in 2010 after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of his former partner Rebecca Hoban (28) who was stabbed six times in the back at Butcher's flat on December 17, 2008.

Mr Justice Michael Peart granted leave to bring the challenge and the matter will be returned before the courts next month.

56pc scared by young drivers

More than half (56pc) of young people fear for their lives when they travel with an inexperienced driver, a survey today showed.

And the majority have been put at risk by their fellow young person's speeding or drink-driving, the survey by road safety charity Brake and QBE Insurance found.

Based on responses from 8,110 people aged 15-25, the poll came at the launch of Road Safety Week.

Ninth victim of

care home fire

A 90-year-old woman died today from injuries suffered in a Sydney nursing home fire, raising the death toll from the suspected arson to nine.

Eight other residents remained in hospitals with burns and smoke inhalation from Friday's fire, which authorities alleged was set by a nurse who worked at the facility.

Roger Dean (35) has been charged with multiple counts of murder.

Seven missing

as ship sinks

A South Korean freighter has sunk in the South China Sea, leaving seven crew members missing.

Fourteen other crew members have been rescued from the 15,000-ton ship, Bright Ruby, which sank yesterday afternoon south of Hong Kong amid bad weather.

A helicopter rescue team is looking for the missing crew of three South Koreans and four from Myanmar.