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Rapist cousin gets six years

A MAN has been given a nine- year sentence for molesting and raping his younger cousin which led to her attempting suicide five years later.

The 25-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the now 20-year-old victim, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one charge of rape, four of sexual assault and four of oral rape on dates between June 2003 and September 2005. He has no previous convictions.

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed concurrent sentences totalling nine years and suspended the final three years taking into account all the circumstances.

DUNNES FIGHTS INJURY CLAIM

A MOTHER-of-six who claimed she injured her back working in a supermarket has denied she had deliberately stopped working to raise her children.

Louise Barry (41), told the High Court that on October 13, 2004, she was emptying a homeware goods trolley which was six-feet high in Dunnes Stores, Davis Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, when the incident happened.

She said she stretched up to pull out a box of bath mats on the top and realised it was too heavy for her to carry. Ms Barry, of Kilsheelan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, is suing Dunnes for negligence. The claims are denied.

The case continues.

US TOURIST IS GANG-RAPED

An American tourist has been gang-raped by a group of men in a hill resort in northern India.

It is the latest in a series of attacks that have thrown the spotlight on women's safety in the country.

The woman was picked up by three men in a truck while hitch-hiking back to her guest house in the town of Manali.

$75K FIGHT FOR

KIDNAP GIRLS

AN Ohio politician wants the state to provide years of relief payments and a free ride to college for the three Cleveland women abducted and held in captivity for about a decade.

John Barnes Jr is introducing his Survivors of Abduction Act. It would provide Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight with at least $25,000 a year.


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