first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: (On Flagstaff’s finish) “Excellent. He ran a big race and he fought all the way to the wire. He definitely didn’t want to get beat today.”(On the trip) “It was great. It worked out well. For a minute I thought it was going to be a little complicated. Then the horse in the front kind of split up so I had a little more of a chance to control there.“It worked out good today. We want to get this horse better. John (Sadler), the trainer, is an excellent trainer. He knows how to prepare this horse for the best.“I feel great. I’m ready to roll again.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “What a great start – can I count this as a Breeders’ Cup win? I’ll count it for the day.”(He’s five and is lightly raced. Why?): “He’s had all kinds of stuff – he had colic at three, and he had been injured several times. When he runs, he’s a really nice horse. He’s Game Winner’s older brother, so we’ve always thought he was a good horse, but had just had things not go right for him. He looks the soundest he’s ever been and is doing really well, so we’re excited.”BOB BAFFERT, ROADSTER, TRAINER SECOND PLACE: “I’m happy with the effort. It was a shame we had to check on the back stretch. He certainly wants to go long.”NOTES: The winning owners is Lane’s End Racing or Hronis Racing LLC.last_img read more

Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and family

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Strength in numbers: Thousands of Filipinos in Lebanon rally behind Gilas Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It kind of distracts me because I would be thinking of them,” she said. “But I guess it’s working because they serve as my motivation and I have become more well-rounded. It’s no longer just archery for me.”Paz-Cojuangco will see action in women’s compound, individual, mixed and team events.She has arrived here Monday along with 16-member Philippine archery team that will start competing Wednesday at Merdeka Square.“We are one big, solid group,” said Paz-Cojuangco of the archery contingent.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But he’s into football. That’s where his friends are,” said the 31-year-old Paz-Cojuangco said of her eight-year-old son who is now a third-grader at La Salle Greenhills.Motherhood has changed her outlook, but according to her, it hasn’t diminished her passion for archery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s very, very different compared to when I was single,” Paz-Cojuangco told the Inquirer. “Now I have to compartmentalise. It’s not just 100 percent for training because I have to spend time for my family.”Paz-Cojuangco said that as much as possible, she doesn’t bring the family to her training and competition. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Amaya Paz-Cojuangco. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Quadruple Southeast Asian Games archery champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco would like for her son Alfonso to follow her footsteps. But no luck so far.The double gold winner in the 2005 and 2007 SEA Games bought him a bow and arrow just in case it piques his interest some day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

“China Stands with Liberia”

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has stated emphatically that his country, the People’s Republic of China, “stands with Liberia in exerting every effort to defeat the deadly Ebola Virus.”President Xi Jinping made this statement when he received the newly accredited Liberian Ambassador to China, His Excellency Mr. Dudley McKinley Thomas. Ambassador Thomas,  a senior Liberian Ambassador,  presented his Letters of Credence to the Chinese President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 15, 2014.The Chinese President welcomed the Liberian Ambassador to China and went on to say: “Mr. Ambassador, I am certain that by the mere fact President Sirleaf chose you to be her Ambassador to China shows that she has great confidence in you.”President Xi Jinping assured Ambassador   Thomas that he will receive the full cooperation of all of the various agencies and other authorities of the Chinese government in helping to ensure the success of his mission.The President then concluded by asking the Liberian Ambassador to convey his personal best wishes to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and to inform her that China stands with Liberia and will do whatever it takes to help Liberia defeat the deadly Ebola virus.Earlier, Ambassador Thomas,   presenting his Letters of Credence to the Chinese Leader,    conveyed  heartfelt thanks and appreciation of  on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and the People of Liberia  to China for the solidarity demonstrated by the Chinese Government, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, in providing urgently needed assistance, in various forms, including direct financial assistance to the Government of Liberia, to combat the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed and is still claiming so many precious lives.  “Mr. President, China is a proven-true friend of Liberia and of Africa. Indeed your nation continues to demonstrate that its multi-faceted bilateral cooperation with Liberia  is undergirded by mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, and is strongly embedded in a genuine sense of truepartnership”, Ambassador Thomas remarked. He asserted it is the true partnership from which the good relations between both countries draw strength.A dispatch from the Liberian Mission in China said Ambassador Thomas  informed   Chinese President Xi  about his desire  to devote all of his energies and talents to build upon and further strengthen  and expand  cooperation at every level between Liberia and China.Ambassador  Thomas was accompanied to the ‘Great Hall of the People’ for the presentation ceremony by Mr. Jimmy Barchue, First Secretary and Consul and Mrs. Judy Nyangbe, Second Secretary and Vice Consul of the Liberian Embassy in China. Prior to his assignment to this very important post, Ambassador Thomas served as Liberia’s Ambassador to France, with concurrent accreditation to Spain, the Hellenic Republic of Greece, the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of Portugal, for almost 10 years.In addition, he was Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, Geneva and Ambassador/Permanent Delegate of Liberia to UNSECO, Paris, France. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Case of the Law Lady’s Death

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Characters in the story:Estella Yongor—Former ‘law lady’ whose death was a mysteryWiliam Sombai—Accused of murdering the ‘law lady’Judge Samson Saywah—He wanted justice for allJason Doe—Criminal defense lawyer who believed his client was not guiltyProsecutor Santos Weah—The district attorney who was prepared to pull all the strings against the accusedDetective Robert Monger—Who found the gold wrist watchSamuel Boimah—The witness whose smooth composure was broken by a faint surprise and the red herring Jason Doe needed to crack the case.It was one of the unusual homicide cases in Monrovia in recent times. Criminal lawyer Jason Doe was defending William Sombai, accused of the murder of a female lawmaker. It became apparent that the district attorney was determined to pull all the strings to bind the defendant over for a jury trial.Though Jason Doe enjoyed such a trial, where he would stand before twelve common citizens assembled to give his client his day in court, the prosecution in this case did not have a fool proof argument, just circumstantial evidence with all its trappings of human mistakes.The circumstances surrounding the death of former lawmaker Estella Yongor raised questions about her associates. There were reports that she might have been killed after she received a gold wrist watch, declared missing after her body was discovered, providing an added twist to the tongues of Monrovians who were following the case with passion.Metropolitan newspapers made wild guesses on the cause of her death. In a sensational angle, one of the most respected newspapers carried an editorial with a touch of irony in the lighter side of life:“It would be the discovery of her missing gold watch that could offer prosecutors a chance to give her death some justice.The demise of the woman known among her colleagues as the ‘law lady’ has once again brought it painfully home that there is always a day of reckoning for what we do.Estella Yongor’s end did not come because she had served her people well; it came because of certain decisions, ambitious as they might have been, were not appreciated by the very same people she had been hobnobbing with for many years.Sadly, the woman known for frequenting places where even Angels would not dare to set foot, has provided Monrovians much to talk about.”An argument in a local club about her death was more intriguing as Monrovians could not afford to ignore what they considered as the juiciest part of the story.Estella Yongor, the controversial lawmaker’s life was full of mystery and contradiction. Consider the following, as reported during the week of her death:“I saw the lawmaker that night,” said Monrovia Scratch Card Seller, Sam Toe. “She had on a gold watch and she was a beauty,  that much I can tell you.”“A real beauty?” our reporter heard the question from an inquisitor, a young man who said he admired the lawmaker.Toe smiled, and said, “Yes, but there was this guy with her, and he was not that dashing in his looks, but there was something like a character in his looks.“Then after say twenty minutes, another man showed up.  He was a chubby type of guy and about twenty seven years old. His face was full of rage.“It was hard to know what was responsible but he demanded for a gold wrist watch which started an argument that ended up in a melee.”Our investigations revealed that the lawmaker had some inner friends and one of them could have sparked the fuse that led to her untimely death at thirty- five.But the question is: where is the gold wrist watch? The discovery could lead to the eventual resolution of this horrible crime.The unrestrained but incriminating reports on the case in the media demonstrated people’s anger and therefore many applauded when Judge Samson Saywah issued a gag order preventing further reporting till the preliminary trial was over.When her body was found, parts were missing, prosecuting witness, homicide investigative officer Detective Robert Monger testified during the pre-trial.“What else?” Prosecutor Santos Weah asked, directing his attention to Detective Monger.“William Sombai, the defendant, was caught with a briefcase that belonged to the decedent.”“When and where did you find William Sombai?”“It was two days after the murder and a witness at the club mentioned that he came along with the decedent.“We found him at his house in Duala, drunk. Evidently he was under the influence of narcotics and a test indicated it was marijuana.”“What did you do next?”“We took him into custody and requested assistance from the JFK Medical Center. After some help, it took him two more days before he was sober.”“Ok,” the prosecutor said,“What did you do next?”“Well, when he sobered up enough, he was able to explain his involvement and particularly how he got the briefcase belonging to the decedent.”“How did he get the briefcase?”“He said he found it behind the club, the Mayors Club, where the decedent and her friends had been that night of her murder.”“Did he reveal what happened to the lawmaker?”“Well,” the officer said, “initially he was not sure what was at stake till we informed him about the death of the lawmaker.”“What was his reaction?”“He broke down and wept but explained that he was not involved.”“He was not involved in what?”“In the lawmaker’s murder.”“And what else happened to him?”“He admitted that he was not himself that night and therefore he could not explain any circumstances that might have led to his involvement in the murder.”The prosecutor hesitated, and then said, “Did the defendant admit any knowledge of any of the persons that were with the lawmaker?”“Well, he admitted being there himself, I mean William Sombai…” but he was interrupted by the prosecutor, “When you said William Sombai, are you referring to William Sombai who is the defendant in this case and is in this courtroom?”“Yes,” the officer said, “and as I was saying defendant Sombai explained during our investigations that he had long known the decedent would end up that way.”“’What way did he mean?”“I think…”“Don’t think,” the prosecutor responded, “just answer the question as best as you know it from the defendant.”“In that case,” he answered, “he meant the way the lawmaker died.”The courtroom remained quiet as spectators focused their attention on the detective.On the defense table sat criminal lawyer Jason Doe, who watched the witness with a slight frown on his face.“Detective Monger,” the prosecutor pressed on, “you searched the defendant’s room?”“Yes.”“What did you find?”“A wrist watch, a gold wrist watch with the owner’s initial on it.”“Whose initials were they?”“The initials of the decedent.”“Do you have it with you?”“Yes.”The detective searched his pocket and withdrew a gold wrist watch with the initials of the late lawmaker on it.“What initials do you see on the wrist watch, Detective Monger?”“They are the letters E Y.”“Indicating Estella Yongor?”“Yes.”“What was the defendant’s response as to how he came to possess the gold wrist watch?”“Initially he was unable to explain how he came by the wrist watch till he realized the difficult position when his…”The prosecutor said, “Did his lawyer intervene?”“Yes and he further explained that the decedent had presented the watch to him as a gift.”“What happened next?”“When he was told that the owner of the wrist watch had been murdered, he said he would be blamed for her death.”“What did he do?”“For the next seven days, he kept weeping.”“What did he say, during that time?”“He would say ‘I know they would blame me, but I did not do it.”“And he admitted without being put under pressure that he was with the decedent but could not explain specifically his role during the period that the lawmaker reportedly died?”“Yes.”The prosecutor smiled and turning to Counselor Doe, said, “Your witness.”Jason Doe strolled leisurely towards the witness and staring Detective Monger in the face, said: “You saw the gold wrist watch with the defendant?”“Yes.”“And initials there indicated EY, which you testified to represent Estella Yongor?”“Yes.”“But you will agree that the letters, EY can represent many other names other than Estella Yongor?”“Yes.”“It could be Eternal Youth, or Esther Young?”“Yes.”The lawyer saw a slightly confused look in the witness’ face, and said, “You examined the briefcase found by the defendant?”“Yes,” he said, “and we found out several personal effects of the decedent in it.”“Was there anything to suggest that someone had tampered with the briefcase?”“Yes.”“And the lawmaker, with all due respect to her memory, was known to have certain relations with certain characters in her community?”“Yes,” he said, “but evidently she was having a good time.”“During your investigations, Detective Monger, the defendant was cooperative?”The witness nodded and said quietly, “Of course.”A flickering light overshadowed the room, as the lawyer paced back and forth, hammering out questions with a professional touch. The spectators waited patiently, expecting the lawyer to spring one of his unusual questions to get the witness to create doubts about his answers. And the lawyer did not disappoint them when he charged:“The decedent was involved in many projects and there was one, Detective Monger, that indicated that she, on a number of occasions, argued with a man who had threatened her?”“Police found out that that threat was not anything serious,” the witness answered, his dark and piercing eyes staring into the lawyer’s gaze.“Who made the threat against the lawmaker?”Searching his memory, the detective said, “It was one Samuel Boimah, who had in the past made some attempts to blackmail the lawmaker.”“Let me refer you to the briefcase which the police collected from the defendant,” Jason Doe said. “Among the fingerprints was that of Samuel Boimah.”“Yes.”“Mr. Boimah was indebted to the lawmaker in the amount of U$5,000?”“That’s correct.”“And since Samuel Boimah was unable or did not want to repay the debt, did it not stand to reason that the pressure from the lawmaker compelled Boimah to engineer the lawmaker’s demise to free himself from the debt burden?”“Well,” the witness’s smooth composure was broken by a faint surprise as he fumbled his response, “we… considered that angle.”Nodding slowly, the lawyer said: “And what was your answer from that angle?”The lawyer’s question seemed to freeze the witness into inaction.The embarrassing situation was saved when, Judge Saywah said, “The court finds this case very interesting and stipulates with the benefit of the defendant that there is the angle of Samuel Boimah that the police will need to investigate and therefore the court hereby orders the defendant released from custody.“This case has all the trappings of mystery in connection with how an individual who was expected to give society some direction, however, took her liberty for a chance. Nonetheless, while our society thrives on individual freedom, the court finds it appalling that someone would elevate himself to an executor of evil against another for a debt that he legally owed and as a wanted to avoid his responsibility.” With that the judge replaced his glasses on his nose, swept his head across the courtroom, held his gaze temporarily on Jason Doe’s face, then on the district attorney’s face and emitted a wry smile with a nod.Jason Doe responded with a frown, drew a handkerchief from inside his left coat pocket, wiped his face, and like a cue, the judge bolted through the back door, as spectators strolled towards the door.Looking at his client, Jason Doe smiled and indicated with his head that all was fine and it was time to leave, which his client responded to with a grin.The Endlast_img read more

Giuliani has Pete Wilson’s backing

first_img“America needs America’s mayor to lead us as president,” Wilson said while endorsing the former mayor of New York. Wilson, who served terms as U.S. senator and San Diego mayor, becomes Giuliani’s most recognized supporter in the nation’s largest state. But the endorsement represents some tricky political calculus for Giuliani, since the immigration policies Wilson championed as governor in the 1990s are widely blamed for driving Latinos away from the GOP in California. Wilson’s support could help the former New York mayor lure support in February’s GOP primary, in which conservatives predominate. But that could turn against him in the general election in November 2008, when a far larger number of Latinos would be voting. “It may be good to have the endorsement of any former governor of a large and important state like California, but Pete Wilson comes with a lot of baggage,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “He was largely despised by most Latinos,” Regalado said. Wilson appeared with Giuliani at a hotel in Santa Monica. Wilson is arguably best remembered for his support for Proposition 187, the 1994 California law that blocked illegal immigrants from access to most government services. The law was quickly overturned by the courts and never took effect but Wilson became its public face. It was credited with helping him win re-election but made him a pariah in the Latino community. Giuliani, in his days as New York mayor, was one of its outspoken opponents. He called the proposition “mindless.” In recent weeks, Giuliani has been defending New York’s so-called sanctuary policy, which stopped city workers from reporting suspected illegal immigrants. The policy is intended to make illegal immigrants feel that they can report crimes, send their children to school or seek medical treatment without fear of being reported. It did require police to turn in illegal immigrants suspected of committing crimes. An estimated half-million illegal and undocumented immigrants live in New York, and only a fraction are deported each year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POLITICS: Formergovernor’s stance on illegal immigration may end up hurting the candidate. By Michael R. Blood THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rudy Giuliani picked up the support Thursday of former Gov. Pete Wilson, an endorsement that could be a mixed blessing for the Republican presidential front-runner because of Wilson’s hardline reputation on illegal immigration. last_img read more

‘Poor Michael Owen – he played in the wrong era and only has £50m in the bank!’

first_img Michael Owen has become a pundit since retiring in 2013 Michael Owen’s time as a pundit and co-commentator has been far from popular with the majority of viewers.The former Liverpool forward has been the butt of many jokes with calls for his removal from the commentary box coming after almost every game.One particular comment from Owen that riled social media users was his assertion that he was ‘born in the wrong era’ following reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants £600,000-a-week when he leaves Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.Owen was on approximately £110,000-a-week when Newcastle were relegated as well as playing for some of the world’s richest clubs in Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid.His net worth just reportedly just shy of £50m, which caused many Twitter users to call out Owen on his comments.See the best reaction to ex-England striker’s latest commentary gaff! 1last_img read more

Harrison finishes Wildcats

first_img “We’re playing like a mediocre ball club,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. “If we’re going to change that we need to play as a team.” Johnson, playing in his first game since serving a two-game suspension, put the Ducks up for good with a driving jumper in the lane that made it 66-64 with 3 minutes to play. A free throw by Adams cut Arizona’s deficit to one point, but Brooks followed with a free throw and Oregon closed out the final 2:34 on a 7-3 run. Hairston hit four 3-pointers in just over 4 minutes midway through the second half to lead the Ducks on a 16-3 run. His first 3-pointer at the 14:11 mark broke a 44-44 tie, and his layup with 8:44 left gave Oregon its largest lead of the game, 60-49. “Malik was on fire,” Brooks said. “That’s why we call him our stud. He hit some clutch shots; he played his heart out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Aaron Brooks added 17 points for Oregon, which shot 55 percent from the field, while Bryce Taylor scored 11 and Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson each had 10. But it was Hairston leading the way, hitting nine of 13 field goals. “If you look at his face and his demeanor, he looks 24 or 25,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Then you remember he is only 18. There will be a time when he takes over an entire game, but he is not quite there yet.” The Wildcats were swept on the Oregon trip for the first time since 2000. Mustafa Shakur scored 19 points for the Wildcats, who lost 75-65 to Oregon State on Thursday, and Hassan Adams added 15. The Ducks (9-8, 3-2 Pac-10) beat the Wildcats (10-6, 3-3) for the first time since 2002 and got their first victory against a ranked opponent since beating No. 25 Stanford on Feb. 6, 2003. “It’s a big win, it’s a great feeling,” said Hairston, a sophomore. “It’s the first time since I’ve been here that we beat a ranked team.” center_img EUGENE, Ore. – Malik Hairston’s big finish delivered an important win for Oregon on Saturday. Hairston scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lift Oregon to a 73-68 win over No. 24 Arizona. last_img read more


first_imgA judge has slammed a driver for carrying out a “mirror image” of a road crime which killed a young Garda.Garda Robbie McCallion died when he was struck by a car during an attempted car robbery in Letterkenny in March 2009.Now a 19 year old man has appeared in the same Circuit Court following a similar incident. Owen Orr was charged with endangerment after a Garda had to jump into a garden to avoid being mowed down.Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh had to scramble to safety when Orr, then 17, drove at him in a Honda Integra car at Foxhills, Letterkenny in 2010.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Orr of Trentamucklagh, St Johnston, had 19 previous convictions when he was arrested.Gardai had gone to Foxhills to investigate an incident.When they got there they noticed a car at the top of the estate.Garda Sgt Durcan revealed how he heard the car “drop a gear” and speed towards them.Sgt Walsh, who had a torch and was in fully Garda gear, had to jump out of the way to safety.“If he hadn’t got out of the way he would have been seriously injured or killed,” said Sgt Durcan.Sgt Walsh told Judge John O’Hagan that he was shaken for a couple of days but he considered himself well-rounded and got over it.When asked what he thought of the man who tried to run him over, Sgt Walsh said “He has had a troubled upbringing and I don’t think he knows much else.”Orr addressed the court and said he was a different person from the one during this incident in 2010 and that he was truly sorry.Judge John O’Hagan said the consequences of what could have happened are quite appalling.“A very similar incident occurred here in Co Donegal and a Garda lost his life. The car didn’t miss – it hit him. He (the driver) was convicted of dangerous driving causing death.“Here we are in September 2010 and we have a young man practically carrying out a mirror image,” he said.However Judge O’Hagan said he felt time was a healer and he felt Orr had moved on.“I feel that this is the end of your wanderings but if you don’t show faith in what I am doing with you I will not spare the rod.”He adjourned the case until January to see how Orr behaved himself.JUDGE SLAMS MAN FOR ‘MIRROR IMAGE’ OF CRIME WHICH KILLED GARDA was last modified: October 24th, 2012 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:endangermentGarda Robbie McCallionJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtOwen Orrlast_img read more


first_imgNoel Russell at Letterkenny Circuit CourtA CO Donegal farmer is seeking adverse possession of lands he claims were farmed by him and his father for more than 30 years – even though a mother of three bought it.Noel Russell, from Legahory, Kilmacrennan, told the circuit court in Letterkenny that he and his father were entitled to the three acre plot – even though it is owned by Letterkenny community worker Tania McBride and her father Thomas Kerr. Ms McBride is contesting the case on the grounds that she bought the property in 2001 and it now belongs to her father who had given her the money for the purchase.Mr Russell told Judge Petria McDonnell that the land was owned by an uncle who died in 1970.Another uncle however later sold the lands to farmers WJ Pearson and his wife Lily, around 1983.Ms McBride, from Gortlee, shook with emotion as she told the court of her ongoing battle of wits with Mr Russell.She said she bought the land and put animals on it after 2001, and hoped that one day she would build a family home there.She even claimed that Noel Russell had offered to buy the three and half acres of poor farmland from her in 2004 by offering her €10,000 in the kitchen of her home.Ms McBride, who is a community worker, said she turned down the offer as she didn’t want to sell the land.Instead attempts to form a boundary around her land were thwarted by Mr Russell who she alleged intimidated her every time she went to the property.“There was always two of them there (Mr Russell and someone else) within a few minutes of me arriving,” she claimed.“He tried to bully me but I wasn’t going to get him bully me.”Mrs Pearson alleged that Noel Russell offered to buy the land from her before she sold it and her husband WJ Pearson alleged that another offer was made to him even after the sale to Ms McBride.Mrs Pearson alleged that Mr Russell did use her land without permission but that they “didn’t make a fuss” because they didn’t want any confrontation.In his evidence Mr Russell admitted filming Ms McBride as she removed a gate. He later called Gardai, but an investigation was dropped when Ms McBride produced the title deeds to prove ownership.Ms McBrideHe told the court that he and his elderly father Josie had worked the land for  at least 12 years and they had a right to it.Several witnesses were called who backed his claim that they had worked the land, by putting sheep and cattle on it over several years.A receipt for fencing from the late 1980s was also produced.Fiona Crawford, barrister for Ms McBride and her father, argued that the land belongs to her clients.Barrister for Mr Russell however insisted her client, Mr Russell, was entitled to the property due to adverse possession – this is where someone who doesn’t own the land but uses it over a period of time and can then claim ownership.Judge Petria McDonnell said she would consider all the arguments and give a ruling on Thursday.DONEGAL FARMER IN LEGAL BATTLE FOR LAND OWNED BY MUM was last modified: October 16th, 2013 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:adverse possessionfarmerkilmacrennanletterkennyNoel RussellTania McBridelast_img read more


first_imgRORY REDPATHThe sudden death has occurred of Rory Redpath, Corker, Rossnowlagh. Cremation will take place in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 3pm.MARY LEWIS The death has occurred of Mary Lewis (nee Murphy) of West End Bundoran and London Funeral Mass tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am in The Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran, followed by burial of ashes in St. Ninnidh’s Cemetery, Bundoran.JIMMY DOHERTYThe sudden death has occurred of Jimmy Doherty, Chapel Gate, Kincasslagh. His remains are reposing in McGlynn’s Funeral Home, Chapel Road, Dungloe. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later. His own house is strictly private please.CHARLIE DOHERTY The death has taken place at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Long Lane, Letterkenny of Charlie Doherty, Clooncarney, Trentagh. Removal today (Friday) from the nursing home at 3.30pm going to his late residence. Funeral on Sunday to St Columba’s Church, Termon for 2pm Mass with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the Patients Comfort Fund, Hillcrest Nursing Home c/o any family member.BRIDGET COYLEThe death has taken  place at Aras Ui Dhomhnaill Nursing Home, Milford of Bridget Coyle, Gortnacor, Potrtsalon, Fanad. Remains reposing at her late residence. Funeral  from there tomorrow, Saturday, at 1.30pm for Requiem Mass at 2pm in St Columba’s Church, Massmount, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please, from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Patients’ Comfort Fund, Aras Ui Dhomhnaill, Milford, c/o Eamon Scott Funeral Director or any family member.SEAMUS MCCORMICKThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Seamus Mc Cormick, Goland, Ballybofey. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral leaving his home tomorrow, Saturday, at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Sessiaghoneill, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Orthopaedic Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o any family member. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. BRIDGET TOYEThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of Bridget Toye, Lemcrossan, Quigleys Point. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow, Saturday, at 1015am going to St Columba’s Church, Drung for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.PAT GALLENThe death has taken place in Glasgow of Pat Gallen, formerly of Meenreagh, Killygordon. His remains will arrive at Belfast Docks today at 5.45pm. Removal from there to his sister, Alice Gallen’s residence, Creamery Road, Crossroads, Killygordon via Omagh, Clady and Castlefin, to arrive at approximately 8.30pm. Funeral from there tomorrow, Saturday, at 12.30pm for Requiem Mass at 1pm in St Patricks Church, Crossroads. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. SEAMUS SWEENEYThe death has taken place of Seamus Sweeney, Chapel Road, Dungloe. Remains reposing at his son Eddie Sweeney’s residence on the Chapel Road, Dungloe. Funeral mass tomorrow, Saturday, in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe at 11am with burial in Maghrey cemetery. House private from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Renal Dialysis Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 was last modified: April 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012APRIL 27DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAYlast_img read more