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State case closes in murder trial

The State has closed its case in the trial of three Dubliners charged with murdering a dissident republican outside a Meath pub almost two years ago.

Peter Butterly was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath on the afternoon of March 6 2013. Three men have been on trial since September at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Dean Evans (24) of Grange Park Rise, Raheny; Edward McGrath (33) of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght; and Sharif Kelly (44) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to murdering the 35-year-old father of two.

Evans and McGrath have also pleaded not guilty to firearm offences on the same occasion.

Player cleared of assaults

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been cleared of all charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

The 21-year-old, currently with West Ham United, was accused of hitting his ex Reah Mansoor (19) and her mother, Parveen (39) after a night out at a nightclub in Manchester last July 24.

He was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court later this month but the charges were dropped by the prosecution and Morrison, who was not in court, was found not guilty.

Crime writer in critical state

Crime writer Ruth Rendell is in a critical but stable condition after suffering a stroke, her publisher said.

The author is known for her series of novels featuring Chief Inspector Wexford among the dozens she has written. She had what has been described as a "serious stroke" last week and is being looked after in hospital.

Friends climb into history

American rock climber Tommy Caldwell was first to pull himself atop a 3,000-foot sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park, followed minutes later by his long-time friend Kevin Jorgeson.

After years of practice, failed attempts and 19 gruelling days scaling the vertical wall on El Capitan by their bloodied fingertips, the friends at last grasped success.