Interview FiveThe interview room in Finglas Garda Station is not a nice place to be at the best of times. It is small, stuffy and not designed for more than three people to use comfortably for any length of time. By 2.30pm on May 25th last year all five of its occupants were feeling stressed. Among them was a 13-year-old boy who had been answering questions for nearly ten hours over two days. His mother, who in the first interview had sat beside the boy holding his hand, had moved her chair further away. She appeared to become more distressed by every new question put to her son. The boy’s solicitor who had remained silent for most of the process, had begun to clash with the interviewing gardaí more frequently over their questioning. For detectives Donal Daly and his colleague Damien Gannon, the stress came from the knowledge that they had only a few more hours to get the boy, who would later become known to the public as Boy B, to reveal how 14-year-old Ana Kriégel had … [Read more...] about Ana Kriegel murder trial: The complete story
Police stress and the effects on the family
New ward boundaries mean that every seat in every ward is up for election on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) in May. Currently, the Conservatives hold a commanding majority with 39 of the council's 50 seats. Residents' Associations in Nork and Tattenhams are second with a combined six councillors. Each ward will be electing three councillors, meaning that residents will be required to vote for three candidates. The new makeup of RBBC will consist of 45 councillors. Polls open at 7am on May 2 and close at 10pm, with the votes counted the next day. In addition, seats on Horley Town Council and on Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council will be contested so residents in those areas will have more choices to make. Just for fun... These were the most commonly used words in the Reigate and Banstead election bios (story continued below). Below are all the candidates who are standing for election in each ward. SurreyLive gave them 100 words (they've been cut off if they've gone … [Read more...] about Meet the Reigate & Banstead Local Election candidates
The best looks from the red carpet Complete list of winners 'This is hilarious': Olivia Colman stunned to win best actress Robbie Collin: Rami Malek is the most embarrassing winner in years A guide to the controversy surrounding Best Picture winner Green Book How Shallow eclipsed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to win the film's only Oscar The 91st Academy Awards turned out to be a great night for British accents with Olivia Colman winning Best Actress for The Favourite and Rami Malek taking home Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody – one of four Oscars for the biggest winning film of the night. Marvel superhero hit Black Panther bagged three trophies. Colman beat bookies' top choice Glenn Close (The Wife) in the Best Actress category. The British actress, who impressed critics with her idiosyncratic performance as Queen Anne in the period drama, gave an endearingly flustered acceptance … [Read more...] about Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite and Lady Gaga provides the performance of the night
at around 2pm, Margaret, a manager for a marketing company, received a phone call about her son. She was travelling for work in Wiltshire. Max, then 25, had assaulted a police officer, she was told. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what has happened now?’” she says. Margaret drove to the flat near Bristol where Max had been living for four months. It’s a self-contained part of The Maples, a residential building for adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities and mental health problems. Max has the reading age of a 12-year-old and the comprehension of a seven-year-old. He is autistic and has difficulty telling the time. The manager of The Maples told Margaret he had called the police because Max was drunk and had broken a window. When the police came, Max was in front of the building, in the driveway. This is where the alleged assault took place, after which he was taken into custody. But there was worse news to come: Max had been shot with a Taser by the … [Read more...] about ‘It should be the last option, not the first’: what’s behind the rise in Tasering?
More than two decades after the UVF murder of six Catholic men at Loughinisland, a number of police officers have finally broken their silence. Mark Rainey reports In 2016, the newspaper headlines screamed ‘police colluded with Loughinisland killers’ following the current ombudsman’s report on the atrocity at The Heights bar in Co Down. This was despite no actual evidence that any officer committed any offence, or even breached the police code of conduct.The highly contentious ‘collusion’ finding overturned a 2011 finding by previous ombudsman Al Hutchison that police had not colluded with those responsible.The later report intensified the vilification of the police officers involved in the murder investigation – across all sections of the media and even on the big screen in the film No Stone Unturned.Exasperated by the avalanche of criticism, some of the officers have broken their 25-year silence. There is a lot of misinformation around … [Read more...] about Loughinisland: no officers guilty of wrongdoing but the headlines screamed ‘collusion’