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Man accused of raping aunt

CLOSING stages have been reached in the trial of a man accused of raping his 71-year-old aunt at knife point for three hours.

The 51-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of rape, one of anal rape, sexual assault and sexual assault while armed with a knife in her Co Louth home on March 13, 2011.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan yesterday directed the jury to find the accused not guilty on one of the counts of rape.

Mr Justice Sheehan sent the jury of six men and six women home after one and a half hours deliberation on day eight of the trial and asked them to return on Monday morning to resume their considerations.


A DUBLIN teenager has been spared a conviction and jail for his role in an attack on Pakistani man whose face was beaten with a metal pole and a garden rake.

The boy (15) had pleaded guilty earlier at the Dublin Children's Court to possessing a metal pole as a weapon and assault causing harm to the man at the South Circular Road in June 2011.

The first-time offender was 13 when he took part in the attack.

The boy has not come to garda attention since.


Happy Birthday To You, the ditty sung around the world to everyone from toddlers to centenarians, belongs to the public, according to a lawsuit in New York.

The proposed class action asks a federal court to declare the song to be in the public domain and that Warner/ Chappel Music return "millions of dollars of unlawful licensing fees" it has collected for reproductions and public performances of the song.


President Barack Obama's decision to authorise lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of US involvement in the two-year civil war.

Officials confirmed Obama's authorisation after the White House announced it had conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against opposition forces.