Jury to deliberate tiger kidnap trial verdict

first_imgFacebook Print NewsBreaking newsJury to deliberate tiger kidnap trial verdictBy Staff Reporter – October 24, 2013 818 WhatsApp Previous articleBasketball Ireland weekend previewNext articleMunster name side to face Glasgow Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The jury in the trial of man accused of kidnapping the son of a post mistress will begin their deliberations today. 34-year-old Zachary Coughlan Ryan with an address at Brennan’s Row, Cathedral Place, is alleged to have been one of three men armed and masked who kidnapped Stephen Cusack and his friend Niall Reddan from a house in Castletroy in August of last year. The accused pleaded not guilty to the false imprisonment of the two men on August 19/20, 2012.After four weeks of evidence, the jury heard evidence from the two injured parties and a number of witnesses over duration of the trial. The jury of 11 heard that a €500,000 ransom was demanded for the safe release of Stephen Cusack. They also heard that Coughlan Ryan dyed his hair a number of days after the alleged incident took place.Limerick Circuit Court was told that Stephen Cusack, the son of a Limerick post mistress and his friend, Niall Reddan, were bundled into a pick-up truck and taken to a derelict house in County Limerick. A ransom demand of €500,000 was made to Mr Cusack’s family for his safe release.Tara Troy told the court that she bought hair dye for Zachary Coughlan-Ryan three days after the alleged kidnapping.A resident of Johnsgate but formerly of Brennan’s Row, the 30-year-old mother said she knew Coughlan-Ryan after she met him with others in August 2012. He had stayed overnight on her couch a number of occasions.Coughlan-Ryan called to her home on the night of the alleged kidnap shortly after 8pm and stayed for a number of hours before leaving sometime after 11pm. He returned after 2pm when he knocked on her window and stayed for the remainder of the night.Replying to defence counsel Brendan Nix SC, Ms Troy said she spoke to two gardaí within the last week and they told her what to say in evidence.Sgt Mary Walsh attached to Henry Street Garda Station told the court that the accused man was selected in an identity parade by one of the alleged kidnap victims.The trial, one of the longest to run at Limerick Circuit Court in recent times, had entered its fourth week as evidence concluded with Ms Troy confirming that she bought blonde hair dye for the accused in the days after the alleged kidnap.Evidence was also given about mobile phone usage as well as the movements and calls made by a number of parties involved in the case.The trial before Judge Carroll Moran had earlier heard Stephen Cusack and Niall Reddan give evidence of being bound and gagged at gunpoint a house in Castletroy on the night of August 19/20, 2012.Niall Reddan said he was told he would be kneecapped by his abductors who identified themselves as Continuity IRA.The kidnappers told him he would be killed if he looked at their faces. He was also told that Stephen Cusack would be killed if he told the gardaí about the kidnap when he was released on a county Limerick roadway.Both alleged victims told the trial at Limerick Circuit that two men took them from the house while a third man waited outside. The were armed and masked.In closing speeches, John O’Sullivan prosecution for the State said that it was “absurd” to think that the two young men made up the story of being kidnapped. “They are two truthful and reliable stories from young lads”, said Mr O’Sullivan who added that there is “consistencies in their stories”. Mr O’Sullivan added that it was “fanciful and nonsensical” to think that they made up the story of being kidnapped. Defence Counsel Brendan Nix SC told the jury that the gardai did not investigate the incident thoroughly and that one of the injured parties had prior knowledge of the events before the kidnap unfolded. Judge Carroll Moran gave his charge to the jury and sent the jury to deliberate their verdict.center_img Twitter Email Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

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Odessa to become a TEDx site

first_img WhatsApp Odessa to become a TEDx site Technology, entertainment and design, or TED, is coming to Odessa.A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, Suite 200.Focused on technology, entertainment and design, TED Talks were born from the original TED Conferences of the 1980s.Out of the TED Talks movement has come the TEDx event, live TED-like talks planned and executed independently by a local community. After months of working through the application process, Odessa has been approved as a site to host TEDx events. The first one is being planned for late February.The idea to bring TEDx to Odessa came from Ector County ISD’s Chief Innovation Officer Jason Osborne, who has been part of two TEDx talks in Ashburn, Va.Osborne has recruited several community volunteers to help with different aspects of TEDx operations. They include Madison Tate, co-organizer for marketing and partnerships; Tommy Arenvias, co-organizer for marketing and web design; Ashley Bryant, co-organizer for planning; Gabriela Granado, co-organizer for planning and social media; and Mike Adkins, co-organizer for marketing and event emcee. Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – January 11, 2018 Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Avoiding more administrative misstepsNext articleDebate reveals tension about east side growth admin Facebook Local Newslast_img read more

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The effects of freeze-thaw cycles and leaching on the loss of soluble carbohydrates from leaf material of two subantarctic plants

first_imgLeaves and litter of two phanerogams (Acaena magellanica (Lam.) Vahl and Poa flabellata (Lam.) Hook. f.) were collected in spring on the subantarctic island of South Georgia. Leaves immersed in water lost up to 80% of their total available soluble carbohydrates after 6–8 h. The loss of K+ and PO 4 3- followed a similar pattern to that shown by the carbohydrates. Up to 9 daily freeze/thaw cycles gave no increase in metabolite loss for senescent leaves. GLC analysis showed sucrose to be the principal leachate from Acaena. Sucrose, glucose and fructose were the main leachates from Poa. A significant proportion of the soluble carbohydrates in standing dead leaves was trehalose. The relationship of such leachates to microbial decomposition is discussed.last_img read more

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