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Man cleared of sexual assault

A prominent businessman has been acquitted by a jury on all charges of the sexual abuse of a schoolboy over 30 years ago.

Paul O'Grady (63) of Dublin Road, Tuam had faced 12 charges of indecent assault on dates between 1974 and 1976.

Judge Frank O'Donnell had earlier withdrawn six charges from the jury. The jury took almost three hours to reach the verdict on the remaining charges at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.



Rooney to give court evidence

Wayne Rooney will give evidence in court later today as he fights a £4.3m (€4.9m) lawsuit in relation to football agent Paul Stretford, who represented the player for six years.

Mr Stretford, a founder and director of the sports management firm Proactive, brokered multimillion-pound deals with firms including Nike and Coca-Cola for Rooney. He left the firm in acrimony in 2008.

Proactive's lawyers claim that, under the terms of the contract Mr Stretford signed with Rooney while he was working for the firm, they are still due the commission payments.



Becker's joy at fourth child

Former tennis star Boris Becker was celebrating the birth of his fourth child today.

Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis was born at 12.53pm on Wednesday, weighing in at 7lb 7oz, and is Becker's first child with his wife Sharlely (33).

Becker (42), who lives in London, said: "Sharlely gave me the most wonderful present. We are overwhelmed and looking forward to a life with our son and brother to Noah, Elias and Anna."



Actor Ford flies in Haiti support

Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford used his own plane to fly medical volunteers and supplies to Haiti.

He used his Cessna 208 Caravan to support Operation Smile, a charity which provides free reconstructive surgery.

Ford completed a number of flights over two days from February 6, and in total he transported 20 volunteers including surgeons, an anaesthetist and nurses, as well as medical supplies.


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