Saturday 16 December 2017

Wife kept as slave, tortured for years

Authorities say a US man tortured his wife and kept her in chains for a decade, treating her as his slave.

The woman (43) was burned on her back and breasts with irons and pans, and her foot was smashed. She also allegedly delivered a stillborn child while in chains. Another infant survived. Peter Lizon (37) has been held in a West Virginia jail on $300,000 (€245,400) bond since yesterday .

Football ground takes Satan name

A Derbyshire football club's stadium is being renamed The Devil Made Me Do It Ground after a local tattoo studio won a raffle for a new name.

Clay Cross Town FC organised its business draw as part of an exercise to rebrand the club, formerly known as Parkhouse FC.

'Extinct' snake rediscovered

A snake that scientists had declared extinct has been found living just off the east Caribbean island of St Lucia.

At least 11 St Lucia racers were tagged by a group of scientists hunting for the snake in the Maria Islands reserve, according to the British Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Brazil prisoners cycle to freedom

Brazilian prisoner Ronaldo da Silva has been cycling to freedom -- on a stationary bicycle. Silva is part of an program that allows inmates in Brazil's south east to reduce sentences in exchange for generating power to help illuminate the town at night.

For every three eight-hour days they spend on the bikes, Silva and the other participants get a day off their sentences.

Cyanide suicide for guilty arsonist

Investigators who believe a defendant killed himself in a Phoenix courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty of arson found a can labelled as cyanide in his vehicle.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the family of Michael Marin (53) received a delayed email from him the night after his death in court. It included information about his will in case things went badly.

Classic baseball sells for $62,617

A baseball that New York Yankees player Lou Gehrig hit for a home run in the 1928 baseball World Series has been sold for $62,617 (E51,216).

Hunt Auctions said the ball was sold at the All-Star FanFest in Kansas City, Missouri. The buyer's name is not available.

Irish Independent

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