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Spector’s side: Forensics key

first_imgThe lawyer has claimed attorney-client privilege but the judge said that does not apply to issues of destruction of evidence. The prosecution believes the item was a piece of acrylic fingernail missing from one of Clarkson’s thumbs. The issue has only been discussed outside the presence of the jury, but prosecutor Alan Jackson was allowed to pose hypothetical questions about it to Herold to try to show that the disputed evidence would have been important to the case. “If that small white object had been turned over, would it have been helpful in reconstructing the crime scene?” Jackson asked. “Maybe and maybe not. … You don’t know if you don’t have the object whether it’s important,” she said in the slow, deliberate tone she used throughout her testimony. “So it could have been important?” asked Jackson. “It could have,” said the witness. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The prosecution’s top forensic expert in the Phil Spector murder trial testified Monday she studied data in the case for more than a year, perused 446 pages of evidence, wrote her own reports but could not determine that Spector fired the gun that killed actress Lana Clarkson. “In any of your reports, did you conclude with any degree of certainty that Phil Spector pulled the trigger on that Cobra (revolver) on Feb. 3, 2003?” an attorney for the defense, Linda Kenney-Baden asked the witness, sheriff’s criminalist Lynne Herold. “No,” Herold replied. It was the last question asked by Kenney-Baden after a two-day cross-examination that focused on minutia of blood-spatter evidence and the positions of Spector and Clarkson in the foyer of his mansion. The witness said she also could not say where Clarkson’s hands were at the time the gun discharged. And she acknowledged that Spector could have been walking or running toward Clarkson rather than standing in front of her when the gunshot killed her, a scenario described by the prosecution. Herold, the last prosecution witness, testified last week that Spector, arms raised, was within two feet to three feet of Clarkson when she was shot through the mouth, based on how close Spector had to be to have blood spatter on parts of his jacket. Clarkson’s body was found slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s home. The defense contends she shot herself. In eight weeks of testimony, prosecutors have not presented any witness to say that Spector fired the shot. The judge, meanwhile, announced that an appellate court had rejected an appeal by a former Spector attorney who was ruled in contempt for refusing to testify to the jury about seeing a defense forensic investigator pick up a small white object at the death scene that was never given to prosecutors. last_img read more

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first_imgReseda Phil Spector trial Re “Spector defense expert attacked on ‘epiphany’” (Aug. 16): Even though I studied law in years past, I am amazed at the lack of common sense and simple logic in the trial of Phil Spector. Based on actual facts, and past behavior, he intended to engage in sexual acts with Lana Clarkson, and as in the past he had used his gun to “persuade” his victim. So the question I have for the judge and prosecutor to ask, and defense to answer, is a simple one: What was the purpose of having a loaded gun at that “social encounter”? Spector should be put away for life, and this ridiculous trial put to an end with simple logic, which is possible even in a legal environment. It is called common sense. – Michael A. Campos West Hills Sacramento spenders Re “All fall down” (Viewpoint, Aug. 12): Richard Little is deceptive with his analysis of fatal infrastructure. The reality is that we already pay billions of dollars in fuel and gasoline sales taxes, which are intended for transportation infrastructure. The real trouble is that the Sacramento politicians diverted these taxes to the general fund. The self-serving Sacramento politicians misuse these tax revenues to pay for their pet, vote-buying projects and illegal aliens, not for the infrastructure. Recently the California voters approved nearly $40 billion in bonds for infrastructure upgrading. The author completely ignored this as well. Now the Sacramento spenders are attempting to defraud the public once more and redirect some of the bond funds to other darling projects. – Mort Arditti Los Angeles Locals working Re “City Pandering Department” (Our Opinions, Aug. 12): You ended your editorial with a real mouthful: “So the moral is this: If you want sensible planning, instead of senseless pandering, you need to buy the politicians’ votes or scare them to death by organizing your community.” I’m not sure you really meant to be this candid, but amen to that. You guys (you know who you are) can go on buying politicians’ votes, that’s a law enforcement matter. We “locals” are proud to be able to strike fear in the hearts of city officials. Let’s hear it for organized local communities who demand and get sensible planning and for Councilwoman Wendy Greuel who refused to be “worked.” – Roberta Actor-Thomas Tujunga Fixed sports Re “Ring masters” (Aug. 12): When an animal has to have its eyes smeared with Vaseline or be weakened in order for someone to fight it, ultimately to its death, it’s hardly a fair contest. It is a sport of cowards, just like chasing a fox to exhaustion before finally dispatching it, attaching blades to the feet of birds in cockfighting (another “tradition”) or dogfighting. If these people enjoy the pageantry of the “sport,” the music and all that goes with it, just take the bull out of the equation since supposedly that’s not what anyone is there to see anyway. Or replace the bull with another man and have them fight to the death as gladiators did. I doubt people would be taking their 7-year-old daughters to see that. – James Cannon Sherman Oaks Spewing filth Re “Apartment smoke” (Your Opinions, Aug. 8): Now that we have a ban on smoking in parks, we should enact one to prevent smoking in apartments where kids are trapped in walkways, stairways and poolside by smokers spewing their filth into the very air we breathe. It is not enough that they generate secondhand smoke, but many smokers neglect to put out their smoke when finished and choose to just let it burn itself out, spewing even more of the obnoxious smell. Smokers do not realize that they can be detected from as much as 20 feet away by a nonsmoker just by the smell that lingers on them. It is a shame to have to run an air conditioner because opening the windows lets in the smoke from the apartments below and next to us. – Michael Nitzahn Tarzana Lack of oversight The latest report disclosing that LAUSD students showed little improvement over last year in state standardized test results should not come as a surprise. The fact that more than two-thirds of students in nearly all grade levels are not proficient in English and math scores, and continue to lag behind other states, comes on the heels of increasing evidence that the board of education is lacking in management oversight. Last month alone it was revealed that Belmont Learning Center costs continue to soar. Its original price tag was $45 million. The final tab will top $400 million. Then taxpayers learned that in the past five years, LAUSD officials have been forced to return all but a fraction of $62 million in state reimbursement funds because of flawed or incomplete applications. – Robert McArthur Mar Vista Society of blamers Re “Wrong way on illegal immigration” (Their Opinions, Aug 13): We cannot in good conscience continue to blame the federal government for the problems with illegal immigration. I grew up in south-of-the-boulevard Woodland Hills in the early ’60s. Back then it was a working-class area, with friendly neighbors who socialized together and spent weekends working in the yard. Thirty years later, I’m back and the neighbors are strangers to me. Their gardeners are illegals, as are their maids and the “contractors” who come to work on their homes. At the corner of Fallbrook Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, the day laborers hang out, sometimes 100 strong, disrupting traffic and local businesses. Who’s hiring them? We are. If you really want to know who’s at fault in this mess, wave to him or her when you brush your teeth in the morning. – Rod C. Venger Woodland Hills Mortgage bailout My daughter and her family live in an apartment because they know they cannot afford a home. There is no reason why they should stand by and watch Los Angeles bail out people who bought homes way beyond their ability to pay and are in danger of losing those homes. Besides, since these unfortunate homeowners are having trouble making their mortgage payments, what makes city officials think recipients of the proposed low-interest loans will ever have the funds to repay them? – Michael Wiener Encino Free Reggie Re “Reggie the escape artist” (Aug. 16): While the article describing Reggie’s latest bid for freedom was somewhat amusing, it demonstrated the plight of animals kept in captivity for the pleasure of their captors. If there were real concerns for his well-being, zoo officials would relocate Reggie to the wilds of a swamp where he could be among his own species, and seek out his own pleasures, in keeping with nature’s true intent. – Steven Sapkin, M.D. Woodland Hills Full of it I enjoyed seeing the smiling picture of Reggie the alligator on your Aug. 10 front page, but I felt something was missing. Why, of course! It was Mayor Villaraigosa that should have been right next to Reggie with his big smile. Besides their smiles, they have quite a bit in common. Both are attention grabbers (Reggie for his cuteness), both have eluded people for months (the mayor and his extramarital affair), and one is a relative of the croc while the other is full of crock. – Erin Ziliak Sylmar160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Recall shakes up toy industry” (Business, Aug. 16): We, the American taxpayers and consumers, will carry all of the financial burden of disposing of the lead-laden toys. With this occurrence, along with the “dog food” fiasco and others, are there any reasonable people around who are not part of the mercantile/manufacturing financial hegemony and who still believe that we really save money in the long run by having China do our manufacturing for us? – Leonard McGinnis Granada Hills Another bad idea Re “Breeding ground” (Aug. 15): The color photo on your Aug. 15 front page is exactly what we can expect if or when the concrete washes are removed to create a riparian zone. There is not enough water to keep them flowing so the water does not just puddle and invite mosquitoes. Also, all the trash that is thrown in the streets will be added to the mix, homeless will camp and we will have more disease than we can handle. Another bad, costly idea from our politicians. – Joann Kibler last_img read more

Religious unity urged in Anbar as Shiite leader visits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Iraq’s Shiites account for about 60 percent of the population, while the Sunni Arabs and the mostly Sunni Kurds make up most of the remainder. Al-Hakim, son and heir apparent of Iraq’s top Shiite politician, struck a note of national unity in Anbar, where a tribal revolt has significantly reduced violence in the vast province and inspired similar uprisings against al-Qaida elsewhere in central Iraq and Baghdad. Al-Maliki’s government has grudgingly supported the uprisings, but has expressed concern that the new Sunni militias must operate under its control. “Iraq does not belong to the Sunnis or the Shiites alone; nor does it belong to the Arabs or the Kurds and Turkomen,” al-Hakim told his hosts in the provincial capital Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad. “Today, we must stand up and declare that Iraq is for all Iraqis.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – In a major reconciliatory gesture, a leader from Iraq’s largest Shiite party paid a rare visit Sunday to the Sunni Anbar province, delivering a message of unity to tribal sheiks who have staged a U.S.-backed revolt against al-Qaida militants. Ammar al-Hakim’s visit was the latest sign that key Iraqi politicians may be working toward reconciliation independently of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, which has faced criticism for doing little to iron out differences among the country’s Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis. Sunni Arab Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi visited Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, last month at the holy city of Najaf south of Baghdad. The visit amounted to an unprecedented Sunni Arab endorsement of al-Sistani’s role as the nation’s guardian. Al-Hashemi’s Iraqi Islamic Party also has been distancing itself from militant Sunni Arab groups and has in recent months forged closer ties with al-Hakim’s Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the country’s largest Shiite party, and the two major Kurdish parties. last_img read more

Sacramento: Land of the migrating politicos

first_imgI’m annoyed at Jackie Speier and Tom McClintock, and I’m not afraid to say why. These two state senators are after my dream job. Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, too. And considering the name recognition of this bunch, I don’t have a shot. In fact, there are at least five state senators interested in succeeding Cruz Bustamante as lieutenant governor next year, not to mention an assortment of other political types. Don’t they have better things to do than spend eight years in the cushiest job in Sacramento, a job clearly meant for someone as unskilled as myself? I’ve been eyeing the job ever since Bustamante burst on the public scene with his dubious campaign for governor (“Don’t vote for recall. But if you do, vote for me”). I had forgotten the state had a backup governor, so infrequent were Bustamante’s public appearances until that point. This replaced my desire to get appointed to one of those high-paying state commissions or being the state’s poet laureate. It turns out that position is pro bono. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The job as California’s second-in-command, however, pays quite well: $132,000 a year, to be exact. I’m not going to reveal the shamefully low wages of a newspaper columnist/editorial writer, but suffice it to say it would be an enormous raise. And from what I can tell, the job’s not all that tough. The L.G. sits on some panels, such as the State Lands Commission and the University of California Board of Regents. He (because there’s never been a she to hold the job) is the ceremonial head of the state Senate. Occasionally he writes strongly worded letters. As chairman of the state’s Commission on Economic Development, he must travel to exotic lands such as Thailand on trade missions. And, most importantly, the L.G. baby-sits when the real governor leaves the state. Otherwise, the L.G. is left to his own devices and causes, with a staff of 29 to help out. At least, that’s the crew the current L.G. has. Clearly, I’m not the only one who has discovered the allure of this job. But why are perfectly self-respecting politicians such as Sen. Liz Figueroa from the Bay Area or Sen. Jim Battin of Riverside County vying for such an inconsequential job? Because term limits happened to them, and once their current terms are up, they need new jobs. This is the real horror of term limits. Rather than bringing in a corps of citizen legislators who go to Sacramento, then go home, it has turned a generation of career politicians into migrant workers, always looking ahead to the next job. Once someone’s exhausted the six years in the state Assembly, they move to the Senate for eight years. Once those eight years are up, they can seek one of the few statewide election positions available, such as governor, treasurer or L.G. If that seems unobtainable, they can try for a job on the local city council or board of supervisors. Going small isn’t as bad as it seems. In fact, it’s possible Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilmen Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson all currently enjoy more power, more visibility and more perks than they did as state legislators. Voters might have thought terms limits would get rid of the same old cast of characters, but all they got was a traveling show. And because of that, my dream job is now out of reach and likely to fall into the hands of someone not inclined to revel in the obscurity of the job or celebrate its potential for serious slacking. Oh, the travesty. Mariel Garza 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

Bonuses swell pay for police, firefighters

first_imgLos Angeles police and firefighter bonuses soared last year to $80 million, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the $117 million in bonus payments to all municipal workers, according to records obtained by the Daily News. Payments have quadrupled over the past five years as labor negotiations have expanded the number of available bonuses – nearly doubling citywide to 149 last year – and the number of employees eligible to get them. Now there is extra pay for everything from shift differentials and bilingual premiums to marksmanship bonuses and uniform allowances. Meanwhile, the number of paid bonuses rose from 11,383 to 52,272 last year, with some employees receiving more than one, according to documents obtained under the California Public Records Act. The steepest climbs have been in the Police Department, where bonuses have grown by an average of 22 percent annually since 2001. In the Fire Department, the annual rise has averaged 41 percent. As city leaders vow to close a budget deficit of nearly $300 million over the next five years, they have put the rapidly escalating bonuses in their cross-hairs. “To see the huge dollar increases in bonuses over the last five years – it’s enormous,” City Controller Laura Chick said in an interview. “I think the most pure and simple answer is labor asked for these bonuses, and the city gave them.” Officials said bonuses could be on the table in upcoming negotiations with police and firefighter unions. Speaking with Chick at a budget event last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said costs boomed because “people haven’t been monitoring these bonuses.” City workers staunchly defend the bonuses as necessary incentives for vital and sometimes hazardous work. While the payments are officially counted as bonuses, union officials point out that many function as reimbursements for essential tools and uniforms that workers must buy for themselves. “They’re the result of hard bargaining on both parts, and they’re the result of very specific needs that need to be met,” said Cheryl Parisi, executive director of the Am erican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 36, which represents 8,000 city employees in a number of departments. Parisi pointed to clerical workers who get bonuses for learning technological skills that can save the city money by adding efficiency. Still, union leaders generally agree with the need to reform the process by which bonuses are awarded. “My understanding is the mayor and the controller are doing the right thing. They’re going to double-check with city departments to make sure no one is getting a bonus they’re not entitled to,” said Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112. Julie Butcher, general manager of Service Employees International Union Local 347, which represents about 10,000 blue-collar employees, added that a review could lead to city workers receiving more proper payments. “What they’re partly right about is there’s nobody in charge,” she said. “Almost all of them are kind of patchwork in response to something evolved over time but not necessarily in any kind of context of what prudent management would do.” While many bonus categories are self-explanatory, such as those for special job skills – such as flying a helicopter or handling a trained dog – or for extra education or language abilities, others are more mysterious. Last year, for example, 259 workers received a total of $776,666.59 for a bonus labeled “obnoxious.” The category cuts across numerous city departments and generally is available to employees who work in sewers or around powerful equipment. While the “obnoxious” bonus has existed for years, dozens of others have been added since 2001 – mostly for public safety employees. The largest new bonus is for firefighters with emergency medical skills, a category that racked up $7.8 million in payments last year. Fire Department bonuses totaled $2.9 million in 2001 but ballooned to nearly $34.5 million last year, according to Controller’s Office records. City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka said such rises reflect the hiring of new firefighters and the changing nature of the department, which is responding to more medical calls. “What you’re seeing is a natural growth of the Fire Department and the training of firefighters and not any sort of duplicity or abuse,” McOsker said. At the Police Department, bonuses cost $16.4 million in 2001 but soared to $45.9 million last year – with some of them used to recruit officers with advertisements touting perks like bilingual pay. Bob Baker, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file officers, said he plans to defend the language and uniform allowances in upcoming negotiations. “Other bonuses, like hazard pay for SWAT and bomb-squad members or bonuses for bilingual officers, are just common sense for recruitment and retention,” Baker said in a printed statement. “These officers deserve it and they’ve earned it.” Former Chief Bernard Parks said that in nearly four decades with the Los Angeles Police Department, he saw the bonuses become more prominent. Now on the City Council, Parks chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, and he is helping lead the push to find ways to trim costs. “I don’t think the intent was to dispute whether the bonuses are appropriate or accurate,” he said. “It’s whether the city is administering the program properly to make sure no one is getting a bonus they’re not qualified for.” None of the officials would speculate on how much money might be saved by stepping up oversight. A recent audit by Chick’s office, however, looked at a sample of 50 bonuses and found that four lacked sufficient documentation to justify the payments and another went to an employee in a position that did not meet eligibility requirements. Most of those problems were identified in the Fire Department, and Battalion Chief David Yamahata, who handles employee relations, said the agency is working to improve its payment tracking system. While the current efforts will focus on the payment process, officials will also review future contract negotiations. “It’s always hard to take something away, but during negotiations everything’s on the table,” Chick said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

Bundling cheaper, bill says

first_imgBut Dennis Mangers, president of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association, said fairness was a key issue. He criticized the bill for exempting telephone companies from providing services to low-income communities. “We remain opposed to a scheme that allows phone companies to redline neighborhoods and just skim the cream off the top,” Mangers said. The Nuñez bill would require that the state mandate deadlines for telephone companies to provide cable TV to specific neighborhoods, but county representatives say the measure falls short of ensuring communitywide coverage. A Verizon executive said the company is opposed to any direction from Sacramento about where to do business. “What we don’t want, and what would delay choice for consumers, is an additional layer of bureaucracy and requirements that limit our ability to build as fast as we possibly can,” said Timothy Scallion, Verizon regional president.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg said bundling of telephone, Internet and video services would lower consumer costs. The legislation has been pushed by AT&T and Verizon, which are trying to expand into the cable television market. The companies promise systems that would deliver Internet content many times faster than traditional digital subscriber lines and offer cable television packages with 300 channels or more. Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, said competition would benefit consumers. “The only way to take market share is to bring better products, with better services, at better prices,” he said. “That’s what we’re prepared to do.” SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez introduced legislation Thursday designed to give Californians more choice in their television entertainment and Internet services. The bill would allow telephone companies such as AT&T and Verizon to compete with cable companies by offering subscribers a “triple play” package – telephone, Internet and video. In an effort to speed competition, the bill would allow telephone companies to apply for a state-issued cable TV franchise, rather than having to negotiate individually with cities and counties. “My goal, ultimately, is to do three things: I want customer choice, I want quality, and I want to lower the cost of the service,” said , D-Los Angeles. last_img read more

Listen: ‘Gaoth Dobhair have no weakness’ – Ethan O’Donnell

first_imgETHAN O’DONNELL assesses Gaoth Dobhair and the Naomh Conaill forward quickly comes to the conclusion that the Magheragallon men have ‘no weakness’.O’Donnell – pictured in action during the 2017 final against Kilcar – is set to feature in his fourth Donegal SFC final this Sunday when Naomh Conaill take on the reigning Ulster champions.“They have county standard players all over the field,” O’Donnell said.  “There is no weakness in their team.“When they smell blood they’ll go for it. Look through their starting fifteen. They have county seniors, under-21s and minors all over and county minors on the bench.”However, O’Donnell insists that ‘anything can happen’ on the big day and he says Naomh Conaill want to make the most of the chance after successive final defeats.He said: “We’re lucky. This is my fourth final in six years, but don’t take it for granted. You still pinch yourself when you wake up on county final day.” Listen to the full interview, with Paddy McGill of Ocean FM, below …Listen: ‘Gaoth Dobhair have no weakness’ – Ethan O’Donnell was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCEthan O’DonnellGaoth DobhairGlentiesNaomh Conailllast_img read more

West Ham ‘interested’ in signing Real Madrid midfielder in the summer

first_imgWest Ham United are reportedly interested in Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.The 22-year-old is understood to be surplus to requirements as Zinedine Zidane prepares a big overhaul at the club following a poor season. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Ceballos could be the right fit for Pellegrini’s side should they lose Obiang in the summer.The midfielder has played 22 times in La Liga for Real Madrid this season, including 12 starts. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow The Spain international could be available on a season-long loan or for around £18million on a permanent transfer.West Ham could be looking for a replacement for Pedro Obiang who has consistently been linked with a move away from the club. 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The Mirror report the Hammers have been alerted to his availability in the summer.Manager Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan as is director of football Mario Husillos. Getty Manuel Pellegrini is understood to be keen on Ceballos REVEALED Pedro Obiang has been linked with a move away from the Hammers 3 ADVICE REVEALED BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty 3 Dani Ceballos could leave Real Madrid in the summer Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Getty shining LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Madrid have endured a tough season that has seen them fall well short in the league and get knocked out of the Champions League in the last-16 stage to Ajax.Zidane was brought back as manager, after he left at the end of last season, following the sacking of Santiago Solari.last_img read more

Businessman who stabbed man in Letterkenny apartment jailed for 8 years

first_imgA businessman has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of a savage attack in a Co Donegal apartment which left the victim needing two life-saving operations.Dublin Kenneth Broe was found guilty of the brutal attack of Kristian Shortt on Letterkenny’s Main Street during which Mr Shortt was stabbed seventeen times with scissors. So bad were the victim’s injuries that Garda Harvey Maughan revealed how he could not tell if Mr Shortt was a man or a woman.A jury eventually found Broe guilty of two charges of assault causing and he was remanded in custody in prison in June of this year.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where Judge John Aylmer described the attacks as being on the upper end of such crimes.He said the fact that Broe had carried out such a vicious and sustained attack, fled the scene and then tried to blame it on another man was an aggravating factor.Broe, of 15 Alderwood Green, Springfield, Tallaght, was also found guilty of assault causing harm in the incident when he broke Mr Shortt’s jaw with a punch.The attack resulted in Mr Shortt spending two weeks in intensive care in hospital and receiving two “life-saving operations” after he suffered stab wounds to the neck, chest, head and back areas.Kristian ShorttKristian Shortt said that after drinking in a number of venues in the town, he and the accused had gone to the flat of Damian O’Connor above Victor Fisher’s shop at Upper Main Street in the early hours of October 9th, 2008.The witness and the accused had got into an argument and had threatened one another.Mr Shortt recalled a pair of scissors having been produced before he was stabbed repeatedly. The accused had used all his power and force during the attack, he claimed.Broe had been arrested in Monaghan after he and a friend had taken a taxi to Dublin on the day after the assault.When arrested Broe was found in possession of €1,100 of cocaine and he later admitted guilty to the possession of the cocaine.A medical report revealed Mr Shortt had been stabbed a total of seventeen times – three or four times in the neck, three in the back of the head, three in the chest and also wounded in the hands and back area.He had been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.He spent two weeks in intensive care and underwent two life-saving operations.A previous trial involving the case had collapsed on the second day of evidence at Letterkenny Circuit Court.After a six-day trial, Broe was found guilty and the case was put back until yesterday for sentence.The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions found the offences were in the upper end of the scale of such offences.Among the reasons for this was the sustained and vicious nature of the assault, the fact that it was unprovoked and also the use of a weapon.The court was told that Broe has a number of previous convictions going back to 1991 including road traffic, criminal damage, breach of the peace and public order.He was also jailed for three years with the last year suspended after he attacked a club patron and bit off some of his ear while he was working as a doorman in Dublin.Barrister for Broe, Mr Colman Fitzgerald said the reason his client fought the case at all times was that he did not believe he was capable of such an attack on Mr Shortt.He added that his client also suffered from depression and was prone to excessive drinking.Several references were read out on behalf of Broe including one from a shopowner in Dublin who revealed how Broe had donated all the equipment from his gymnasium to his local community when it closed down.Mr Fiztgerald added that there was no premeditation in the attack and that he did not intend to do any harm to Mr Shortt or somebody that came his way.He added that he has had to live with this hanging over him since 2008 and despite a tragedy in his family five years ago he has become a very different person.Judge Aylmer sentenced Broe to a total of ten years but suspended the last 18 months and backdated the sentence to when the accused went into custody last June.Businessman who stabbed man in Letterkenny apartment jailed for 8 years was last modified: December 24th, 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:KENNETH BROEKristian Shorttletterkennystabbinglast_img read more

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day accepting early applications for vendor spaces

first_imgThe deadline for vendors to submit early applications for prime spaces at Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is rapidly approaching.Organizers said Monday, June 12, will close out the preferred application period for arts, crafts and food vendors to participate in the event, recently named a top 20 festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The family oriented daylong celebration typically attracts more than 12,000 visitors who enjoy continuous music and dance, exhibitions of shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.Vendor and exhibitor information and applications are available at 43rd annual festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event is publicized by the university throughout the Southeast through print and broadcast advertising, social media and billboards. Organizers anticipate more than 120 booths of regional arts and crafts, and vendors offering ethnic, heritage and festival food, as well as an expanded lineup of music and dance performances, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs.Already booked for performances are the band Mountain Faith and Country Current, the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, and dozens of other performers. Traditional festival events include chainsaw competition, an antique car and truck show, storytelling and clogging, along with living-history demonstrations of muzzle-loading rifles, blacksmithing, corn shuck crafts, Cherokee crafts and broom-making. Children’s activities include sack races, free wagon rides and hayrides.Mountain Heritage Day is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, with providing an easy and convenient way to find festivals, concerts, jam sessions and plenty of singing and dancing to the traditional music of Western North Carolina. To learn more about WCU’s festival, visit or call 828-227-3039.last_img read more