Monday 20 November 2017

In brief: 'Fraudster' finally gets day in court

A man has appeared in court accused of pretending to be a solicitor and barrister to conduct legal services including divorce hearings.

Marious Pimm, of Crescent Road, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire in England, is accused of eight counts of fraud by false representation. It is believed many of his alleged victims were elderly.

Liam Gallagher hits back in anger

FORMER Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher says he is suing his estranged brother and former bandmate, Noel, for saying his hangover forced the infamous Britpop band to cancel a concert.

When Noel left the band in 2009 he said it was because he couldn't work "a day longer" with his brother. Liam is disputing comments Noel made last month alleging that Liam pulled out of the 2009 V Festival due to a hangover. In a statement made yesterday, Liam said that he wanted an apology and for Oasis fans "to know" that laryngitis prevented him from performing the gig.

US asks rebels for Lockerbie bomber

Libyan rebel forces have been urged to hand over the Lockerbie bomber to America after it emerged yesterday that he is being kept alive by a "wonder drug" developed in Britain.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was freed by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds two years ago yesterday, when he was said to have just three months to live because of prostate cancer. The drug costs around £3,000 (€3,433) a month and is not yet available in Britain.

Man put pet cat in microwave

A 20-year-old man was spared a jail sentence yesterday after he microwaved his pet cat, according to the RSPCA.

Stephen Stacey, of Portsmouth, England, was given a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, for causing unnecessary suffering to the cat, which survived the ordeal.

Mexico's president a 'TV tour guide'

MEXICAN president Felipe Calderon is figuratively going out on a limb and literally down a sinkhole, up a river (with a paddle) and over the top of a few pyramids, in an attempt to boost Mexico's flagging tourism industry.

The 49-year-old leader is trying to change Mexico's violent reputation by appearing as an adventure tour guide in a series of TV programmes due to be broadcast in September in the US.

Irish Independent

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