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Man guilty of raping cleaner

A MAN has been convicted of raping a woman he had asked to clean his Tipperary house.

The man admitted having sex with the then 23-year-old woman at the house but told gardai it was consensual.

The 47-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at the house on July 5, 2010.

The jury returned their verdict of guilty on the rape charge on day five of the trial.

The man was last week found not guilty on a second charge of sexual assault on the same occasion.


Handwritten John Lennon lyrics to songs, such as Strawberry Fields Forever, as well as letters from the former Beatles star, have been given to the nation.

The manuscripts and documents – some of them unseen in public – have been donated to the British Library by the Fab Four's biographer Hunter Davies who wanted to ensure his collection was kept intact.

The lyrics to She Said She Said and In My Life are also among the items handed over as the British Library became the first place to benefit from the new "cultural gifts scheme".


WITH Washington state about to embark on a first-of-its-kind legal market for recreational marijuana, the budding ranks of new cannabis growers face a quandary over what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves from their plants.

Susannah Gross, who owns a five-acre farm north of Seattle, US, is part of a group experimenting with a solution that seems to make the most of marijuana's appetite-enhancing properties – turning weed waste into pig food.


A RUSSIAN drunk driver who killing seven, including five orphan children, in a road accident last year has been sentenced to prison.

Moscow's Nikulinsky court ordered Alexander Maximov to serve eight-and-a-half years. He crashed his Toyota sedan into a bus stop at 200km per hour while drunk and high on cannabis.

Officials, including President Vladimir Putin, scrambled to propose stronger drunk driving penalties and road safety measures.