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Man raped his ex's daughter

A man who raped a girl and held a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself if she told anyone will be sentenced next week at the Central Criminal Court.

The man (39) pleaded guilty to the rape of the then 13-year-old girl at his home in Sligo between September 1 and October 15, 2004. He could face life imprisonment.

Sergeant John Barry said the accused had been in a long-term relationship with the girl's mother which had ended several years previously. The girl and her siblings kept in contact with the man.

Mr Justice Carney ordered he be registered as a sex offender and remanded him on bail until next week.

ACC Bank wins €1.2m battle

A HIGH Court judge has ruled ACC Bank is entitled to summary judgment for €1.2m against a businessman over unpaid loans.

Raymond O'Hagan of Skreeny, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, failed to enter an appearance in the proceedings brought against him by the bank. Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday told Bernard Dunleavy, for ACC, the bank was entitled to secure judgment in the amount sought. ACC brought proceedings against Mr O'Hagan before the Commercial Court arising from loans advanced to him by its Sligo branch from dates in 2003 to 2006.