WOMAN PRETENDED TO BE PREGNANT TO STOP BOYFRIEND STRANGLING HER

first_imgBrian McLaughlin arriving at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A terrified young woman told her boyfriend she was pregnant to stop him from strangling her.Shauna McLaughlin was assaulted and imprisoned by Brian McLaughlin after they argued following a night-out. After returning to their home on St Oran’s Road in Buncrana, McLaughlin, 22, exploded into a rage before holding Shauna hostage and subjecting her to a vicious assault.McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday after pleading guilty to the 2013 offences at a previous sitting.Despite his plea, McLaughlin will be free from prison in less than six months.The court heard how McLaughlin set upon his girlfriend after she preferred to stay out with friends instead of returning home with him.They argued and then McLaughlin suddenly punched her in the face before climbing on top of her on a bed and trying to strangle her.Ms McLaughlin said she thought she was going to die but managed to claw at her attacker.However, he twisted her arm into her back and she said she remembers waking up in the sitting room and he was telling her to wake up.She called the emergency services but when Gardai arrived, McLaughlin locked the doors and a hostage-like situation began at around 1.55am.He got a kitchen knife and began sharpening it and refused to allow Gardai into the house.Shana eventually managed to hide the knife but McLaughlin went berserk when he could not find it and fetched a number of other knives for the kitchen.Trained hostage negotiators were called who contacted Brian McLaughlin’s father who finally convinced him to take some medication.He eventually released Shauna and at 4.40am, he finally gave himself up to Gardai.He asked to be admitted to a psychiatric unit at Letterkenny General Hospital but he was refused admission because staff felt he had addiction issues.Barrister for McLaughlin, Damien Crawford said his client had suffered a “mental meltdown.”He asked how his client’s irrational actions were that of a rational man.At one stage McLaughlin had held aloft a television over his head and threatened to throw it at Ms McLaughlin.When questioned about this by Gardai, he denied it saying he would have nothing to play his Grand Theft Auto computer game on if he did.Mr Crawford said his client was receiving medication for mental health issues but had unfortunately mixed it with alcohol on the night.“He is is deeply ashamed and has been trying to unravel what happened that night. He was on medication. This is more of a mental health episode rather than a criminal episode and I am not taking away from what happened to Shauna. He had not got an appreciation of what was going on around him. He had a mental meltdown,” said the barrister.Judge Francis Comerford said there was a limit to how much mental illness could explain McLaughlin’s actions on the night.He described the actions of McLaughlin in holding down his victim and then “throttling” her as horrible and said the outcome could have ben far, far worse.He sentenced McLaughlin to three years in prison for each offence to run concurrently, but suspended the last two and a half years.Two relatives of Ms McLaughlin were in court for the hearing but the court was told that she had now moved overseas.WOMAN PRETENDED TO BE PREGNANT TO STOP BOYFRIEND STRANGLING HER was last modified: July 15th, 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:attackBRIAN MCLAUGHLINbuncranacourtdonegalGardaistranglelast_img read more

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Matthew Vincent Raymond 48 charged in Fredericton shooting

first_imgFREDERICTON – Police say Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two police officers and two civilians.Police say the 48-year-old Fredericton man is accused of killing Bobbie Lee Wright, Donnie Robichaud, Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns in the Friday morning shooting.They have not said whether he knew any of the deceased.As of Saturday morning, the residential area where the incident took place remained cordoned off and a mobile police command post was on scene.An officer said it was unclear how long the probe would take, and police have asked anyone who captured photos or video of the incident to come forward.More coming.last_img

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San Diego small restaurant owners to plead case against polystyrene foam ban

first_imgSan Diego small restaurant owners to plead case against polystyrene foam ban December 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 20, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of small restaurant owners will speak out against the city of San Diego’s polystyrene ban Thursday, arguing that it disproportionately affects smaller businesses who may not be able to shoulder the costs of more expensive food containers.The owners of El Taco Rico, Tortilleria La Perla and other small and family-owned restaurants will discuss their opposition to the ban at El Taco Rico Thursday morning. The group of local restaurant owners say they’ve expressed their frustrations to San Diego City Council members in writing and in person but still feel they’re not being heard.The City Council tentatively approved the ban by a 5-3 vote Oct. 15, with then-City Councilman David Alvarez absent. The ordinance would ban the use and distribution within city limits of products like egg cartons, food containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made fully or partially of polystyrene foam, otherwise known by the commercial Dow Chemical Company designation, Styrofoam.The vote was not without heavy opposition from local business groups. One of the ban’s opponents, the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association, asserted that small food-service businesses could be forced to spend up to 145 percent more for polystyrene alternatives like compostable paper.“We are very concerned by the rush to pass a sweeping policy without data, without an economic analysis, without an (environmental impact report), and most importantly without addressing the realities the mandated costs will have on small mom and pop restaurants already struggling to make ends meet,” said Chris Duggan, the director of local government affairs for the CRA’s San Diego Chapter, after the council’s vote.The council will hold a second vote on the ordinance, as required by the city charter, some time in January. With council Democrats now holding a 6- 3 supermajority immune to Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s possible veto, the ban appears likely to take effect in early 2019. Businesses with fewer than $500,000 in annual profits are eligible for a 12-month waiver exempting them from the ban. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Elon Musk Brings His Mars Plan Before the Scientific Community

first_img Register Now » In this month’s issue of New Space, Elon Musk outlined his plan to colonize Mars. His article discusses how to bring down the cost of Mars flights as well as some of the specs of necessary equipment.The article is adapted from Musk’s presentation at the International Astronautical Congress and begins with an argument for why we should focus on Mars for our move towards interplanetary life. Musk then notes that with current technologies, a ticket to Mars would cost around $10 billion, which he correctly deduces is a prohibitive amount if we want to actually colonize another planet.Getting that cost down to the median price of a house — around $200,000 — is key to making the Mars plan viable, says Musk. And he outlines four essential steps that will need to be taken if there’s any hope of doing that. First, the transportation would have to be fully reusable because any amount of waste would significantly increase the cost. And ships would need to be refilled while in orbit. Additionally, we would need to be able to produce propellant on Mars and it would have to be optimized for cost, reusability and easy production — Musk proposes methane.Musk then proceeds to detail the proposed engine, rocket booster and ship as well as how many ships we would need and how many people each one should be able to carry. For the crew compartment Musk says, “There will be movies, lecture halls, cabins, and a restaurant. It will be really fun to go. You are going to have a great time!”Musk sketches a rough timeline for these events, but keeps it purposefully vague. It’s clear, however, that this is something he’s actively working towards. The 15-page journal article is not quite what you expect to see in a peer-reviewed journal — there are some humorously unnecessary venn diagrams and a few tables that are nothing more than bullet points. But it’s a much more flushed out write-up than we usually get from Musk. To see the presentation the article is based on, check out the video below. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 15, 2017 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more

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