“Nasty Man” found guilty of footballer’s murder

first_imgA late afternoon determination by a 12-member jury at the Demerara High Court has seen Delon Henry, also called “Nasty Man,” being unanimously found guilty of the September 29, 2015 murder of footballer Dexter Griffith, who was shot six times near his mother’s home at Warlock, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The verdict was retuned following more than five hours of deliberations, and it was not without moments of tension, as the jury had been deadlocked earlier in the day.The 12 members of the jury emerged at about 15:30h, after being sequestered for deliberations before midday. The courtroom was packed, and relatives and friends of both Henry and Griffith were on edge to hear the decision. However, there was a display of shock by relatives when the forewoman told Justice Sandil Kissoon that they were stuck at a proportion of 6-6. The judge questioned the forewoman on what was causing the discrepancy, and it was observed that the missing spent shells were among the factors causing indecision. The jurors had been told during the trial that five spent shells had been recovered from the scene. Moreover, former Inspector Jackson, who had then been a Sergeant of Police and had tendered the exhibits at the Magistrates’ Courts, had admitted on Monday that he could not find the exhibits, after making several checks at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary.Justice Kissoon indicated that the spent shells were not presented as evidence, and indicated that more weight should be placed on the testimony of Keshawn Griffith, younger brother of the deceased man, who had testified that while in hiding, he had seen the defendant, Henry, firing a gun moments after his brother was shot.The jurors were reminded that if they find Griffith’s evidence credible, they should consider the accused guilty, but if they did not believe that evidence, they should acquit the accused.Jurors also sought clarity on Henry’s unsworn statement, but were notified that the burden was not on the accused to prove anything; rather, this was the mandate of the prosecution. After giving further directions which the jury forewoman requested in court, the judge allowed for further deliberations.All the while, Henry’s attorney, Adrian Thompson, was not in court, as he was reportedly out of the jurisdiction. Attorney John Lindner, however, stood in for Thompson during the judge’s summing up of the case. Lindner was, however, absent when the jury sought further directions.About one hour after being sent back to the deliberating room, the jury again emerged to a packed courtroom; but this time they had a unanimous guilty verdict, which left the footballer’s mother, Lavern Griffith, in tears.By that time, Attorney Lindner had returned, and he requested that a probation report on the accused be prepared and presented. As such, the matter was adjourned to July 5 for sentencing.However, Henry was given the option to speak, and in a 10-minute speech, he reiterated that he did not know anything about Warlock.It was reported in September 2015 that after being shot, Griffith had managed to stand and walk a short distance in an attempt to escape from Henry, but he eventually fell unconscious to the ground while his assailant escaped. He was taken to a city hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt prosecuted the State’s case. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Sappy-headed DJ loses job for Imus stunt

first_imgALLENTOWN, Pa. – A radio station fired its longtime morning DJ on Wednesday after he encouraged listeners to repeat talk-show host Don Imus’ racially charged comments in an on-air contest. Gary Smith told WSBG-FM listeners to call and say “I’m a nappy-headed ho” for Tuesday’s “Phrase that Pays” contest, said Rick Musselman, executive vice president of station owner Nassau Broadcasting Partners L.P. Musselman said three of the listeners who called were awarded tickets to a NASCAR promotion at a local club. Station management reviewed a tape of the broadcast of the “Gary in the Morning” show and fired Smith, Musselman said. Musselman said that Smith was fired and not suspended because he uttered the slur in a premeditated manner, “with full knowledge of the reaction to Don Imus’ use of the exact same phrase.” Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Smith for comment were unsuccessful. But he told The Morning Call of Allentown that he regretted the comment. “What I said was stupid, and I’m sorry,” Smith told the newspaper. MSNBC dropped its simulcast of Imus’ nationally syndicated radio program Wednesday amid a furor over the remarks. Imus called members of the mostly black Rutgers University women’s basketball team “nappy-headed ho’s,” prompting civil-rights groups to demand his firing. He is suspended from the program for two weeks beginning Monday. WSBG 93.5, a 3,000-watt rock station, is based in Stroudsburg, about 40 miles northeast of Allentown. The Princeton, N.J.-based Nassau is privately held with more than 50 radio stations in the Northeast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drop charges against Marine, officer urges

first_imgIRAQ: Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich’s Haditha charges would be lessened from murder to negligent homicide. By Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – An investigating officer has recommended that a Marine who led his squad in an assault on an Iraqi neighborhood that killed 24 men, women and children should not be tried for murder, a defense attorney said Thursday. “We’re both very pleased and also not surprised, given how the other cases have gone,” Puckett said. “There has never been any inkling that any of these Marines lost control or went on a rampage.” Ware also recommended dropping charges of making a false official statement and telling a squadmate to do the same, Puckett said. If tried and convicted of murder, Wuterich would face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Puckett said negligent homicide carries a maximum sentence of three years for each count. A Marine Corps spokesman, Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, declined to comment. Negligent homicide is the least serious offense for a crime resulting in death, said Tom Umberg, a retired Army colonel and former military prosecutor. The officer could have recommended manslaughter. “This is a major blow to the prosecution,” Umberg said. “Negligent homicide is at the lowest end of the spectrum.” Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches law of war at Georgetown University Law Center, said negligent homicide charges would still send a message to other Marines to avoid killing women and children. “When you see your target is women and children, it’s all stop,” he said. “They should have known that.” Of four enlisted Marines initially accused in the case, charges have been dropped against Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz and Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt. Ware has also recommended charges be dismissed against the third alleged shooter, Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum. Charges also have been dropped against two of four officers accused of dereliction of duty for failing to investigate the incident. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking of the officers, has been recommended for a court-martial, but Mattis has made no final decision. Another officer, 1st Lt. Andrew A. Grayson, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing. The killings occurred Nov. 19, 2005, after a roadside bomb hit a Marine convoy, killing the driver of a Humvee and wounding two other Marines. Wuterich and Dela Cruz allegedly shot five men by a car at the scene, then Wuterich ordered his men into several houses, where they cleared rooms with grenades and gunfire killing unarmed civilians in the process. At his preliminary hearing, Wuterich said he regretted the loss of civilian life in Haditha, but said he believed he was coming under fire from the homes and so was operating within military combat rules when he ordered his men to assault the buildings. “Based on the information I had at the time, based on the situation, I made the best decisions I could have at that time,” Wuterich said at the hearing. “Engaging was the only choice.” Wuterich also said he will “always mourn the unfortunate deaths of the innocent Iraqis who were killed during our response to that attack.” Dela Cruz, one of Wuterich’s former squad mates, testified against him at the hearing, saying that Wuterich shot the men by the car even though their hands were in the air and they were not running. Dela Cruz’s charges had been dropped and he had been given immunity to testify.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The recommendation could lead to the most significant setback yet to military prosecutors in the biggest prosecution of U.S. troops in the Iraq war. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, 27, of Meriden, Conn., is charged with the unpremeditated murder of 17 of the Iraqis killed in Haditha in 2005, many in their own homes. Lt. Col. Paul Ware recommended that Wuterich should be tried for the lesser offense of negligent homicide in the deaths of five children and two women, said Neal Puckett, Wuterich’s attorney. Ware reviewed evidence against Wuterich in a preliminary hearing known as an Article 32. His recommendation is nonbinding, and the final decision about whether Wuterich should stand trial rests with Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the commanding general overseeing the case at Camp Pendleton. If Mattis accepts the recommendation for Wuterich and a similar one for one of his corporals, which appears likely based on past practice, no one will face murder charges in the biggest case involving civilian deaths in Iraq. last_img read more

What to do with contaminated toys

first_imgThe Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is reminding residents that toys contaminated with lead-based paint can be dropped off at the city’s Solvents, Automotives, Flammables and Electronics (SAFE) recycling sites. Local centers are at the Hyperion Treatment Plant, 12000 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey; and in San Pedro, 1400 N. Gaffey St. The Playa del Rey site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and the San Pedro spot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Toys that are not properly disposed of will find their way to landfills, where the lead can leach through the soil and eventually find its way into underground springs and waterways, department officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFor a list of recalled toys, check www.cpsc.gov and, for tips on safe toy shopping, go to www.insidesocal.com /dailylink. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MURPHY IS THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE AS GLENSWILLY NS OPEN THEIR ASTRO-TURF PITCH

first_imgMichael Murphy who was the special guest at Glenswilly N.S. for the raising of the Active Blue Flag pictured with children and teaching staff including Miss Mc Brearty and Miss Mc Devitt and principal Joseph Gallinagh. Photo David McDaid/CristephAfter four years of hard work and a lot of ticket-selling, Glenswilly National School’s superb astro-turf pitched was officially opened this afternoon.A dream for many years, it was the hard work of both parents and teachers will eventually saw this dream come through.The official cutting of the ribbon was undertaken by none other than Michael Murphy, a former pupil at the school. Principal Joseph Gallinagh said it was a proud day for all concerned and it displayed the pride and hard-work of the community of Glenswilly.He even mentioned chatting to a person from Teelin in south west Donegal who recently found a ticket stub from a Glenswilly raffle in a draw.“That’s some dedication, traveling 170 kms to sell a ticket,” joked Master Gallinagh.He singled out the parents committee as well as a team of decimated volunteers led by local man Sean Bonner. A huge crowd gathered at the school to hear some short speeches before a specially-written song for the occasion by none-other-than teacher Geraldine Galligan.There was a special mention for teacher Mairead Hennessey who retires from the school this year.The pitch was officially blessed by local parish priest Fr Sweeney before the real highlight of the day took place.Rumour has it that the sixth class pulls had been practising for weeks to get a swipe at their parents.And judging by the speed of Carl Kelly, Damien McGlynn, Paul Lapsley, Henry Spratt, Gary Cullen and Jacqui Glackin, they weren’t too hard to hit! The game was refereed by Michael Murphy who complained that the parents were cheating by using a blanket defence (he is one to talk!).He took acceptation to the presence of a Dublin jersey being worn by one of the parents and sent the player off but it’ll be slightly more difficult for him against the Dubs as the seasons grows!The children were treated to ice-cream on what yet again was a testament to all that is good about Donegal – our community spirit.Children and teaching staff at Glenswilly pictured as they get a look at their new football pitch before it was officially opened by Michael Murphy. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephStudents celebrating on the new pitch at Glenswilly National School.Michael Murphy cuts the tape at the opening of the new pitch with Michael Quinn Chairperson of the Parents Committee pictured with student and principal Joseph Gallanagh. David Mc DaidGive me that.. Special guest Michael Murphy shares yarn with Charlie O’Kane at the raising of the Active Blue Flag at the school at Glenswilly National School.Photo David Mc Daid/CristephMURPHY IS THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE AS GLENSWILLY NS OPEN THEIR ASTRO-TURF PITCH was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:astro turfGlenswilly National SchoolMichael Murphypitchlast_img read more

MAN TO STAND TRIAL ON DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHARGE

first_imgA Lifford man has been sent forward for trial at the local circuit court on a charge of dangerous driving causing death.David McCauley, 33, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning.The charges against Mr McCauley relate to the an incident on October 29th last at Magherasollus, Raphoe. Garda Inspector Denis Joyce indicated that the DPP had directed the case go forward for trial on December 8th next.Mr McCauley, of Drumleen, Lifford, is also charged with a range of other motoring offences which will be dealt with in January next.MAN TO STAND TRIAL ON DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHARGE was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dangerous driving causing deathDavid McCauleydonegallast_img read more

FAI CUP: DREAM OVER FOR COCKHILL CELTIC DESPITE HEROIC EFFORT

first_imgThere was no fairytale for Ulster Senior League champions Cockhill Celtic in tonight’s FAI Cup.Donal O’Brien’s team put up a great performance but lost 4-2 against last seasons cup finalists, Drogheda United.Declan O’Brien put the Premier Division side ahead before Gerry Gill equalised from the penalty spot for the Inishowen men. Cockhill were in dreamland when Gerard McLaughlin put Cockhill 2-1 up at the start of the second half.But the Louth team showed their experience with Declan O’Brien netting two before Gavan Holohan added another to make it 4-2 on the night. FAI CUP: DREAM OVER FOR COCKHILL CELTIC DESPITE HEROIC EFFORT was last modified: June 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cockhill CelticdonegalDrogheda Utdfai cuplast_img read more

LYIT GRADUATIONS PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS AFTER POWER CUT

first_imgThe scene inside the LYIT hall during the graduation after the lights went outTHE SHOW must go on…..And this evening at LYIT in Letterkenny graduation ceremonies continued – despite a power cut.The lights may have gone out, but the determination of students and staff certainly didn’t. So the ceremonies continued – with one wag shouting: “Somebody put 50p into the meter!”One proud parent remarked: “It’s certainly a lot more romantic.”Hundreds of students have been graduating at LYIT today – the day after the campus was given the go-ahead to apply become a technological university.There has been major traffic disruption in the area today. LYIT GRADUATIONS PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS AFTER POWER CUT was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:graduationsLYITpower cutlast_img read more

Councillor McMonagle welcomes moves on Addiction Counsellor for Minors

first_imgCouncillor Gerry Mc Monagle has welcomed the HSE’s response to questions he raised at a recent Regional Health Forum West meeting around the vacant Addiction Counsellor Post for Minors suffering from addiction problems in Donegal.Deputy Pearse Doherty highlighted the fact that GPs in Donegal had received letters from the HSE informing them that referrals to the children’s and adolescences addiction counselling had been suspended due to the departure of a counsellor.Councillor Mc Monagle said the fact that the HSE had known for months that this post was to be vacated but did nothing about finding a replacement was a sad indictment of how our young people here in Donegal are valued by the HSE. “I therefore very much welcome the HSE response to both Deputy Doherty and my representations on this issue.“Now due to the recent graduation of Mental Health Nurses, a Staff Nurse will be assigned to the Minors and adolescences addiction counselling vacancy in Donegal taking up the post at the beginning of next week”.“In Donegal, like in other rural counties, we have a serious problem in terms of the number of our young people dying each year as a result of suicide, and for services to be stripped away like this was just inconceivable.“What is needed if we are ever to begin to tackle this scourge is a concerted effort from the state to provide all the necessary supports and services which may be availed of by anyone requiring help or who simply need to feel that their problems matter and that they are being listened to. It is imperative that these services for our young people remain open to them at all times day and night.” Cllr Mc Monagle finished by saying that the situation that was allowed to develop by the HSE and arose over an employee leaving their post should not be allowed to happen in the future.Councillor McMonagle welcomes moves on Addiction Counsellor for Minors was last modified: October 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman used stolen credit card to steal from 14 shops

first_imgA young woman used a stolen credit card to defraud 14 different shops out of goods in a robbery spree.Sarah Mihai appeared at Letterkenny District Court where she pleaded guilty to all the offences. The 20-year-old, of Woodview Terrace in Stranorlar, committed all the offences over a two week period.On one day, November 17th, 2017, Ms Mihai used the card to steal from seven different stores.The stores which were defrauded included Private Collection at the Courtyard Shopping Centre, the Coffee Station, Easons, Callaghan’s Excell, Mace in Stranorlar, Centra at Navenney Street, Ballybofey, McDonalds in Letterkenny, Dealz in Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Boots Pharmacy in Letterkenny.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until April 13th for sentencing.Woman used stolen credit card to steal from 14 shops was last modified: March 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtcredit carddonegalfraudSarah Mihailast_img read more