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A service user who was convicted of defrauding the health service by claiming over £9,000 in false expenses has been handed a 4 month custodial sentence at Enniskillen Magistrates Court. At a previous court hearing Vincent Barlow (53) of Florencecourt, Enniskillen was found guilty of fraud by false representation and…
A doctor who examined a woman allegedly raped by two Ireland and Ulster rugby players could not determine whether the sexual contact had been consensual, despite intimate injuries. Belfast Crown Court was told the complainant had a one centimetre bleeding laceration on the wall of her vagina, as well as…
The UK Government has said same sex marriage in Northern Ireland could be introduced via Westminster. Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley said while it should be a matter for the Stormont Assembly, if the matter was to be raised at Westminster it is the Government's policy to allow…
Police have described as "sickening" a petrol bomb attack on the home of a man with severe learning difficulties. It happened at Hillview Terrace in Banbridge about 5.30am on Sunday. A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: "A vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed arrangements for delivery of Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service, beyond April this year. The current contractor, Contact (Northern Ireland), had decided not to accept the offer of extension after March 2018 and with PHA unable to source a suitable alternative provider,…
A couple from Northern Ireland have appeared in court on child sex abuse charges. Gary Talbot, 58, is accused of two counts of raping a child aged five or under. His wife, Heather Talbot aged 57, is accused of aiding or abetting. They both face charges of gross indecency with…
A woman who has accused two Ireland and Ulster rugby players of rape was distressed as footage of her police interview was played to a court. The hour-long video showed an account given to Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives on June 30, 2016, two days after the alleged…
Medical chiefs from three hospital trusts criticised in Sir John O'Hara's damning report have made an unreserved apology. Speaking on behalf of the Belfast, Western and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts, Dr Cathy Jack acknowledged there had been "many failings". In a statement Dr Jack (pictured), a medical director…
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