Jury finds taxi driver guilty of 2017 rape charge

first_imgAnother convicted rapist is expected to remain on remand for the next month until his sentencing date, which is scheduled for August 26, 2019 at the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court.Remanded: Morris JohnsonAfter almost two hours of deliberation at the High Court on Tuesday, a 12-member jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against Morris Johnson, who was accused of the offence of rape.The charge against the taxi driver stated that between August 12 and August 13, 2017 in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16.Johnson was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Burch-Smith, who, in an address to Justice Brassington Reynolds, requested that a probation report be prepared before the sentence is handed down. The application was granted. In addition, a victim impact statement was also ordered prepared, and is expected to be presented on August 26 when Johnson will be sentenced. Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Seeta Bishundial represented the State.last_img read more

5 things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgThe top five are now eight points clear of the chasing pack, with Manchester United, in seventh, looking increasingly unlikely to join the party after being held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Southampton.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:– Liverpool show champion grit –Winning ugly is a tired cliche but Liverpool are showing the mindset of champions as they refuse to let Premier League pacesetters Manchester City out of their sight.Liverpool celebrate their late win against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFJurgen Klopp’s side are not playing with the same free-flowing verve as they did last season but just look at the numbers.Liverpool pulled back to within two points of City with a 1-0 win against Everton after Divock Origi was in the right place to punish an astonishing error from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Liverpool have scored 16 goals fewer than City but have the meanest defence in the league — with just five goals conceded in 14 matches.– All Guns blazing –After the toxic atmosphere that characterised Arsenal home matches in the miserable final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign, it was hard to imagine the Emirates Stadium ever again becoming a raucous cauldron of emotion.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 © AFP / Adrian DENNISGunners fans had become used to their team choking on the big occasion but in just a few short months Unai Emery has got the fans of the north London club back on their feet.A pulsating 4-2 win over arch-rivals Tottenham, which saw the Gunners recover from 2-1 down thanks to a second-half blitz, was a major statement of intent from Arsenal.– City tough it out –Bournemouth must hate the sight of Raheem Sterling after the England forward put champions Manchester City back into the lead with his eighth goal in six Premier League matches against the Cherries.Raheem Sterling celebrates his goal against Bournemouth © AFP / Oli SCARFFIlkay Gundogan added a third for a 3-1 victory in what looks on paper like a comfortable eighth successive home Premier League win this season but that hid the truth of a hard-earned win.Bournemouth made it an uncomfortable afternoon for City and Pep Guardiola was delighted his team were able to dig deep.“A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough,” said Guardiola. “People think it’s easy for us but that is not the truth so I like to win in this way.”– Rashford offers hope for Mourinho –Frustrated by Manchester United’s lack of killer instinct during their three-match winless run in the league, Jose Mourinho can take consolation from Marcus Rashford’s encouraging display in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Southampton.Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford set up both of his side’s goals in the 2-2 draw at Southampton © AFP / Glyn KIRKTrailing 2-0 after a dismal opening at St Mary’s, United escaped an embarrassing defeat against Mark Hughes’s struggling side thanks to large part to Rashford’s contributions.The 21-year-old has scored only twice for his club this season but he showed his value to United lies in more than his goal tally as the England forward provided assists for Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera as Mourinho’s men drew level before half-time.“I have to say that I’m super happy with Marcus Rashford’s performance and he didn’t score a goal. So sometimes goals are not everything,” Mourinho said.– Kante earns good report –N’Golo Kante came in for some unexpected criticism from Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham last week but he is back in his manager’s good books.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in action against Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKThe French World Cup winner set up Pedro’s opening goal in a 2-0 win against Fulham by winning the ball back in midfield.“I think he played very well,” said Sarri. “He defended very well. He needs to improve a little more tactically but that’s natural.“For the national team he usually plays with two midfielders. Last season sometimes with a two and sometimes with three, but in a central position, so it’s normal that he needs to improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Arsenal against TottenhamLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Manchester City won their sixth Premier League match on the spin to underline their status as firm favourites but Liverpool clung on to their coat-tails after a dramatic late win against Everton.Elsewhere on a Premier League weekend dominated by derbies, Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 and Chelsea overcame Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham 2-0.last_img read more

Swilly Seals back on winning streak!

first_imgThe Seals travelled to the Joey Dunlop Centre yesterday to take on Ballymoney A.S.C in the second round of the Provincial Towns League.Having been beaten narrowly by Ballymena in the first round the club needed a victory in order to secure their place in the league division two.The swimmers showed class in the first event the Medley Relays winning 7 from 8 comprehensively setting the tone for an exciting evening of competition. The younger age groups dominated throughout as did the senior boys. Two female B swimmers swam up an age group to strengthen the ranks and were hugely impressive and successful.A massive well done to all swimmers who gave their absolute all on a big victory over Ballymoney with a final scoreline of Swilly Seals 602 and Ballymoney 542.The next P.T L gala is at home against Lecale of Downpatrick in January. Having been beaten away in Downpatrick last season swimmers will be out to get a victory over the strong County Down outfit.In the meantime swimmers will be busy with the Bangor Minors Meet, War memorial and Winter Qualifying Meet in Lisburn. Swilly Seals back on winning streak! was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:SportSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more

DONE DEAL: SINN FEIN/LABOUR/FIANNA FAIL PACT TO TAKE ON FINE GAEL OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX

first_imgENOUGH county councillors will vote today to enforce a ban on Donegal County Council officials from using personal data to track down people who haven’t paid the Household Charge, a councillor is hoping.Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray managed to read out his motion a fortnight ago before Fine Gael Mayor Noel McBride could stop him.That has meant the motion is on the agenda for today’s county council meeting. Cllr Murray says he now has the support of the independent councillors including Michael McBride, Labour’s Frank McBrearty and many of the Fianna Fail representatives.This will set a legal precedent in Donegal – if passed – where council civil servants will not be able to use utility bills and family welfare details to track down the estimated 70% of people in this county who have not paid the charge.Cllr Murray said: “I have personally contacted every single councillor and I am confident that the emergency motion I put to the council two weeks ago will now be voted on and will be carried.“I am hoping that this will set a precedent for other councils throughout the state to follow suit.” Cllr McBrearty is set to defy the Labour Party and support the Sinn Fein motion, calling for a review of the charge so that those who can’t pay don’t have to. DONE DEAL: SINN FEIN/LABOUR/FIANNA FAIL PACT TO TAKE ON FINE GAEL OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX was last modified: April 16th, 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)last_img read more