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Special needs rape charge

THE main suspect for the rape of a woman with special needs in Dublin's Portobello area has been charged after being arrested for the second time.

The 31-year-old man, who is originally from Pakistan but cannot be named for legal reasons, was held after a dawn raid on a flat in the South Circular Road area on Saturday morning.

He was first arrested last Monday but released on Tuesday.

The victim, a young woman in her early 20s who has Down Syndrome, was attacked on June 12.



A 54-year-old man was arrested today in connection with the murders of three members of a British family and a French cyclist who were shot dead in the Alps in September last year.

Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli, Mrs Al-Hilli's mother Suhaila al-Allaf, and Sylvain Mollier, were murdered on a remote mountain road near Annecy.

Surrey Police in England said the suspect, who they did not name, was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. Mr Al-Hilli's brother Zaid Hilli, who is in his 50s and lives in Surrey, has previously denied any feud with his sibling over an inheritance.


A 26-YEAR-OLD woman has been arrested in the Spanish city of Alicante on suspicion of attempting to murder her baby, who had to be rescued from inside a building's drains.

The two-day-old boy, who still had his umbilical cord and was found wrapped in plastic bags, could have been trapped for 40 hours at a point where the building's drains converged into a manhole in a courtyard.

A neighbour alerted firemen on Sunday to what was thought to be a meowing cat.

The 4.6lbs boy is said to be in a serious and has a broken bone in one arm.



Boyzone star Shane Lynch, Coronation Street villain Brian Capron and comedy actor Ade Edmondson are among the stars taking part in the new series of of Celebrity MasterChef.

They are among the 16 notable figures who will appear in the show when it returns to BBC1.