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Stepladder fall claim 'unfair'

A MAN who sued his sister-in-law over a fall from a step ladder while painting the outside of her house has lost his High Court action for damages.

Retired shopkeeper, Sean Kelly (68), of Dalgan, Geashill, Tullamore, Co Offaly, sued Frances Tooher over the accident at her home in Oughter, Rahan, Tullamore, in 2010.

He sustained back injuries and fractures to his shoulder blade and ribs, it was claimed.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Kevin Cross dismissed his claim saying it would be unfair to hold the defendant was in any way at fault for the accident.


A MAN convicted in a murder trial that hinged on a paralysed victim blinking his eyes to identify his attacker has been sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.

Ricardo Woods (35) was sentenced in Cincinnati yesterday. A jury had found Woods guilty of murder in the October 2010 shooting of David Chandler.

Police interviewed Chandler after he was shot in the head and neck. He was only able to communicate with his eyes and died later.


THE cellar where Austria's Josef Fritzl held his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven of her children is being filled with cement.

Fritzl's daughter Elisabeth disappeared from Amstetten, Austria, in 1984 at age 18. In 2008, she re-emerged from the basement where her father had kept her captive.

He had raped her thousands of times. She bore him seven children, and one of them died in captivity.

Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life in a prison psychiatric ward in March 2009.


PICKED fruits and vegetables continue to respond to light as if they were still growing, scientists say.

The discovery has implications for grocery storage and its effect on the health benefits of plant foods.

Professor Janet Braam, from Rice University in Texas, said: "Perhaps we should be storing our vegetables and fruits under light-dark cycles and timing when to eat them to enhance their health value."