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A disabled man has pleaded for an end to attacks on his home after being mistakenly branded a pedophile.

The 50-year-old was ecstatic to be allocated a Housing Executive property on Antrim's Menin Road at the end of last month, after being on a waiting list for almost five years.

However after receiving the keys on Friday, May 13, he was horrified to discover the windows of the house had been smashed when he visited to decorate just two days later.

His nightmare worsened when the vandals daubed the words 'pedophile scum' on window boards put up by Housing Executive staff.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Antrim Guardian: "I don't know where people have got the idea that I have that kind of a background.

“My record is as clean as a whistle, I have nothing to hide but a few individuals seem to have it in their heads that I am some sort of monster.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


A lorry hijacked and set on fire outside Crossmaglen last Thursday evening was being driven by an Irish Customs officer who had got lost and inadvertently strayed across the border, The Examiner can reveal.

The 40ft trailer carrying a fuel tank had been seized in a joint Customs and Gardaí (Irish police) raid at a laundering plant close to the border at Drumacon, Castleblayney earlier in the day.

It appears the driver became separated from a convoy removing items from the raid site when he took a wrong turning and crossed the border into south Armagh.

It was on the Blayney Road, at the junction of Loughross Road, on the outskirts of Crossmaglen when the hijack occurred.  A group of men forced the lorry to stop and hauled the driver from the cab before dousing it with petrol and setting it on fire.  Fearful for his safety, the driver made off across nearby fields.  He was removed from the scene by PSNI officers some time later.

A spokesperson for Irish Revenue and Customs said the driver was shaken but uninjured.


A World War I hand grenade was probably the last thing builders expected to find in the attic of a Bagenalstown house – but that is exactly what they did find. 

Army bomb disposal experts were called in last week after builders made the shocking discovery in the attic of a house on Kilree Street. 

Thankfully, they had discovered nothing more sinister than a little piece of history. 

The house was originally owned by Bagenalstown man Jimmy Mara who, along with thousands of Irish men, joined the British Army to fight in World War I. 

It is understood that Jimmy brought the grenade home with him after being stationed in Turkey and France throughout the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Two men were charged in connection with a shooting incident in a housing estate on the outskirts of Cavan town Saturday morning (June 4) last when a man sustained injury to his leg.

The Garda (police) Regional Support Unit was called to Ardkeen, close to the Cavan Swimming Pool, at about 10.30am in response to a dispute between a number of people.

A verbal altercation took place and it developed. A shot gun was produced and a shot discharged.
One of the men received pellet wounds to his leg but his injuries are not life threatening. Four people were arrested and questioned later. Two of them appeared before a special sitting of Cavan District Court that Sunday evening and were charged in connection with the incident.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


“I killed the devil”, a 31-year-old Barefield man responded to a garda (police) when cautioned on a charge of murdering 21-year-old Eoin Ryan from Ballyea last week.

Joe Heffernan of Cappagh Beg, Barefield appeared before a special sitting of Ennis District Court last Wednesday evening where Garda Donagh Walsh gave evidence of charging him with the murder of Eoin Ryan from Newhall, Ballyea last Tuesday.

The semi-naked body of the young Ballyea man was found in a barrel in a field at Cappagh Beg, Barefield at approximately 7am on Tuesday, which led to the launch of a murder investigation in the Ennis area.

At Wednesday evening’s court sitting at 7pm, Garda Walsh said he arrested the accused at 5.48pm that day at Ennis Garda Station, where he charged him with murder and cautioned him in respect of that charge.

Garda Walsh explained that in reply after administering the caution, Mr Heffernan said, “I killed the devil”. The garda then served a true copy of the charge on the defendant.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


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