LANDALUCE STAKES QUOTES

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES KEITH DESORMEAUX, RIGHT THERE, WINNER: “There’s no doubt she learned something from her first race. I think it’s a handicapping angle, and this is nothing new, that after one race, you can automatically attribute another 10, 15 Beyer points to their second start. I expected that to happen regardless of what I did with her in the morning.“Besides handicapping angles, all the things that a trainer looks for, confidence, good, strong finishing works, strong appetite, good coat color, she had it all coming into today. She was tipping herself off today. Those are the things you don’t see in the (Daily Racing) Form, though. Too bad.“It didn’t look like Kent was asking her to be in the position that she was (when she was next to last at the 3/8 pole), and when you see riders on the lead start asking their horses at the quarter pole and we’re just sitting there, I was pretty confident.” JOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, RIGHT THERE, WINNER: “I think Keith needs a lot of credit for this win. We talked about the race on the way to the paddock and I asked him what he wanted me to do. He told me, ‘break well, but don’t chase them for five eighths of a mile. Get her on her feet and keep her happy.“Keith trains them to have a big closing kick and she ran like she does in the morning. I think she’s showing her true talent because she’s not supposed to be winning at five eighths. She wants to go two turns and she has a big, long stride. Thank you (owners) Big Chief!”center_img NOTES: The winning owner is Matt Bryan of Flower Mound, Texas, who races as Big Chief Racing LLC.last_img read more

The Abduction

first_img(An extract from the novel August 1990) Chapter Thirty-eightAt about seven o’clock the next morning, the young ladies were led out of the jail and into the yard. Now it was a big place, with rows of apartment houses. There were some military jeeps and trucks in the yard, along with a few other cars, their doors removed and frames painted in graffiti. There were hundreds of rebel fighters, with AK-47 assault rifles slung over their shoulders. Among them were some women and teenage girls, including small boys of about twelve years of age. A group of rebel new recruits, their heads shaven, could be seen marching across the yard and singing at the top of their voices. Some of the men carried wooden clubs. Others were armed with machetes.The girls were taken into one of the apartment houses, where a group of rebel elderly women waited with towels draped over their shoulders. One after another, they were led into a bathroom and scrubbed with soap and hot water. The women then took them into a large room where their hairs were braided and their bodies oiled until they shone. Then they were dressed in attractive clothing, including very short pants. Among them was a tall, Nubian-looking girl, with big hips and waists that were so small a child could put both his hands around them.They were then led into another house. There they found a group of distinguished-looking fighters sitting with pistols on their hips, and behind each man stood a bodyguard, with an AK-47 assault rifle slung over his chest.In the middle of the room was a low, large table, brimming with assorted drinks cooling from the refrigerator, and a tray full of hot jolof rice.A rebel boy of about seven years of age, dressed in the rank of a colonel, was dancing to the tune of the music, hoping first on one foot and then the other as sweat streamed across his face.Suddenly the girls entered, and silence fell on the room. The small boy took his seat with the fighters sitting with guards behind them, lit a cigarette, and began to smoke, pointing and laughing at the pairs of short trousers in which the girls were dressed.One of the rebels rose from his chair. He motioned the girls to the middle of the room. Trembling, they approached and stood next to the table. They were each asked what their names were, and one after the other they answered, their voices shaky. One of the distinguished-looking rebels rose from his seat and began to inspect them. They were told to open their mouths so that the fighter, who looked not unlike a slave trader, could scrutinize their teeth. Each of the fighters, the little rebel colonel among them, then took a girl for himself.Forcing themselves to smile and hiding their fears as best they could, the girls began to eat and drink with the fighters.For nearly the whole of that morning the fighters made the young ladies eat and drink until finally they were all drunk and lying on the floor.Then one of the fighters bent down, put both his hands under the arms of one of the girls, and tried to pull her to her feet.“Hey! Kola Nut move yor hand from my woman,” one of the other fighters shouted suddenly, pointing at Kola with an army knife in his hand.Everybody burst out laughing.He was a man of about forty, his face red and swollen from drink. He had had more Club Beer than any of the other men but did not appear to be drunk.“Maybe the girl wants Kola,” said one fighter.Kola said, “Let me take her to my room and give her what she lookin for.”The drunkard looked up and shot Kola a wicked eye. “Leave my woman alone. I’m warnin you for the last time.”“But sah…”“Shut up. If you don’t have respect for woman I will kill you.”“Don’t kill him chief,” said another fighter. “You no Kola jes like woman biznis.”“Leh deh man jes leave my woman alone,” said the drunkard, “if he don wan any trouble.”Kola smiled broadly. “I jes wanted to dance with deh girl chief.”“Find diffren girl to dance with, you foolish boy. This one da ma woman. You hear? If you put yor hand on her again, I swear bamboo will divide kola.”“Yes sah.” Kola came to attention and saluted, clicking the heels of his boots.Everybody laughed.“What’s all this fuss about woman business,” said another fighter, taking a sip from his bottle of beer and wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. He spoke and in fact had the air of a man of some learning. He was slight in stature and looked in his middle forties. “I believe in times of war women should be made to comfort soldiers. During World War Two the Japanese had these so-called comfort women, which would be a polite way to say they weren’t prostitutes, and kept them in large houses. Even the Germans made dolls for their soldiers’ comfort!”“What!”“You jokin.”“The man can lie.”“Germa made dog for their soldors!”“I didn’t say dogs!”“Sorry chief.”“They made dolls because they were afraid that the German soldiers would contract venereal diseases from the whorehouses in France. But whether the Germans used dolls is better than having no woman at all. Besides, we are not Tecumseh Roberts, are we? ”“Not at all!”“Talking of Tecumseh, I feel like killing the damn homosexual ten times over,” said the scholar.Suddenly a group of cars was heard in the yard. Moments later a rebel boy of about ten years of age entered the room. Standing just inside the door and saluting the group of rebel officers, he said, “Deh chief na come.”Immediately all the fighters rose to their feet and somebody shut off the tape recorder. Throwing out of their mouths the marijuana they had been smoking and snuffing them out onto the floor with the tips of their boots, the fighters grabbed their rifles, adjusted their uniforms and, pushing each other, went out of the room and into the yard where a large group of INFPL rebels were standing to attention.Outside, they met Prince Johnson. Although the rebel leader glanced at them reproachfully, he said nothing. Instead, he began to walk up and down in front of the troops, stroking his moustache. He had earlier that morning, along with a few of his fighters, left the Caldwell base and returned looking pensive and thoughtful. Probably that was why he had paid no attention to the soldiers, reeking of beer and marijuana.As they stood to attention, their faces full of relief, the delinquent troops were only too glad for their lives. Prince Johnson spoke with the troops for a few moments. Then he got into a jeep and, along with two military trucks full of INPFL fighters, drove out of the base.Once the fighters had left the elderly women, who earlier that morning had attended the young ladies and taken them to see the rebel officers, hoisted up one young girl after the other and took them into another room.It was a large room with no furnishings except that at the window was a yellow curtain that fell in ample folds. The sun streamed through the window, giving an added effect to the bedroom walls, which were painted in yellow. The women lay the young ladies on mattresses on the floor and left.Nearly an hour later, Prince Johnson and those of the rebels who had not long ago driven off somewhere returned to the base. At the back of the trucks were several men and teenage boys, some with their arms bound behind them while others had been blindfolded. They were all ordered out of the trucks. Those who cried or resisted were beaten severely.To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool transfer update: Anfield hero’s return and £18m World Cup star to join?

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has wasted no time in reinforcing his Liverpool squad this summer as they prepare for life back in the Champions League but the Reds boss clearly wants more.Seven players have already arrived at Anfield but Liverpool have shown no signs of slowing down as they look to bring in several more faces before the transfer window slams shut.The Premier League runners-up are in desperate need of bolstering their defence, which was suspect at times last season, and there remains just the small matter of replacing one of the world’s best players in Luis Suarez. Impossible as that may be, you can guarantee Rodgers will want to bring in some more firepower in to compensate for the Uruguayan’s loss.Six players in particular are generating plenty of talk on Merseyside, so click the arrow to see who they are.What area do the club still need to strengthen? Wilfried Bony: Swansea – Click the arrows to get the latest on more Liverpool targets – Brendan Rodgers knows Luis Suarez is irreplaceable but so far he has only spent £4million of his transfer kitty on a striker, veteran Rickie Lambert, who has struggled in pre-season. Liverpool met Bony’s £19million release clause at Swansea but then turned their back on the deal when they thought Loic Remy was on his way to Anfield for just £8.5m. One collapsed move later and the Reds are considering returning for the Ivorian, particularly as the Jacks are now debating whether to sell the unsettled striker for less than his release clause. 6 6 Jose Callejon: Napoli – Callejon enjoyed a great debut season in Serie A after leaving Real Madrid, bagging 15 goals and racking up six assists. Already the Italian side have rebuffed the attentions of Atletico Madrid and they have now firmly shot down an enquiry from Liverpool. The Italian side’s boss and former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said: “A team made us several large offers for him but we rejected them, we don’t want to sell him and there is no chance we will.” Ezequiel Lavezzi: PSG – Another forward high on Rodgers’ wish list is Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina star Lavezzi. Angel di Maria’s imminent arrival in the French capital is likely to push his compatriot out the exit door and Liverpool would be happy to take him off the Ligue 1 champions. A figure of £18.5m has been mooted for the 29-year-old but the Merseyside outfit will need to beat Juventus and AC Milan to his signature. 6 6 Javier Manquillo: Atletico Madrid – Similarly to Moreno, Atletico Madrid right-back Manquillo is expected to be unveiled as a Liverpool player this week. The 20-year-old is expected to join on a two-year loan deal and has already been snapped at Liverpool Airport posing for a picture with a Reds supporter before undergoing a medical with the club. 6 Xabi Alonso: Real Madrid – Real are said to be open to offers for their midfield enforcer despite him recently signing a new contract. Alonso has been linked with a move back to Anfield where he played 210 times between 2004 and 2009. A return to Liverpool would be hugely popular with fans even though the player is 32. Graham Hunter told talkSPORT interest in Alonso does not surprise him. 6 Alberto Moreno: Sevilla – This transfer saga has rumbled on and Liverpool are unimpressed by Sevilla’s £20m demand for the left-back. However, in recent days there has appeared to finally be light at the end of the tunnel with the Reds convincing the La Liga side to let the Moreno leave for £16m. Expect him to join in the coming days. last_img read more

Poll: Which would you rather be stuck on a train with – a hen party or the Welling United football team?

first_img Train 1 After Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham had the misfortune of experiencing both over the weekend, the team want to know your thoughts…last_img

Bratton

first_imgBy Rachel Uranga STAFF WRITER Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton’s BlackBerry went off last week after a man plunged a knife into the stomach of a day laborer in Lake View Terrace. The victim was dead, and investigators were sending Bratton details of the homicide, as they do with every such incident shortly after it happens. Emboldened by his crime-reduction success, he said his goal is a 5 percent drop next year. And by the end of this year, the city should see its lowest homicide rate since 1970. From his sixth-floor office lined with hats from police agencies across the world, a self-assured Bratton said he is going to create a more robust, better-equipped department with a continued buildup of its new counter-terrorism unit, the addition of hundreds more uniformed officers and the end of a federal consent decree that has hung over the department since the Rampart corruption scandal. In many ways, his goals echo what he has touted over the past five years and reflect his desire to cement efforts from his first term. Under the city charter, Bratton, 60, can serve only two terms, and rumors have swirled that presidential candidates are eyeing the globe-trotting chief for his law enforcement expertise. But he said he’s committed to the City of Angels and driven by his own personal anger at the violence plaguing some communities. In the brash manner that has turned off some, he dismisses critics that accuse the LAPD of using harsh tactics against the poor and homeless on Skid Row, and he declared that his officers – not a secondary factor such as the economy – deserve the credit for knocking down L.A.’s homicide rates. Crime would be even lower, he says, if he had gotten the money he requested for more police officers five years ago instead of just last year. But several high-profile incidents that critics say expose a culture of violence within the department continue to test Bratton, even as he is widely lauded for his shrewd managerial skills and willingness to take on mistakes and fix them. Those include the much-publicized May Day melee in MacArthur Park, in which an elite LAPD unit fired more than 100 rubber bullets into a crowd of women and children after a peaceful immigration-rights rally. There also has been the controversial shooting death of 13-year-old car-theft suspect Devin Brown by an LAPD officer, and the flashlight beating of auto-theft suspect Stanley Miller. “I don’t care what Bratton tries to do, the LAPD is the LAPD and their culture is intractable,” said David Diaz, professor of urban studies at California State University, Los Angeles. “The old logic says, `This sucker is going to be here a few years, but we (police officers) are lifers in this joint.”‘ And though Diaz praised the reform efforts of Bratton – who used to be a federal consent decree monitor and has pushed the department to implement its mandates – Diaz said the department’s culture is entrenched, and May Day is proof of that. But critics and supporters alike agree that his department’s response to May Day – a damning, 124-page report that slammed his officers for their actions that day – was a departure from the department’s normally defensive stance on similar issues. “It’s easy to be a leader when times are calm,” said Anthony Pacheco, a member of the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission. “I think it’s difficult to be a leader when you have something like May Day. “How he responded was measured, appropriate, credible and transparent and it provided insight into what happened.” Bratton admits there are lingering issues of corruption and brutality but he points out that the department is one of the most heavily monitored in the country and this year put online a complex and unprecedented system – called TEAMS II – intended to root out rogue officers. Even the go-it-alone attitude that has characterized the department’s abrasive relationship with other agencies is ebbing, he said. “I have worked hard to break down that isolationism,” he said. “And I think we have done that very successfully.” His effort to clean up downtown’s Skid Row – where crime has dropped 35 percent – is a typical Bratton strategy. He floods a problem area with officers and aggressively cites people for petty violations, like he did in New York City’s Times Square. Business owners and some local loft-dwellers have welcomed the swarm of officers focused on quality-of-life crimes, even though homeless advocates have complained that the efforts literally have swept away the downtrodden. “I make no apologies for what we are doing,” Bratton said. “This is a police department that is going to focus on broken windows. It’s worked everywhere I have ever gone and, by and large, the public likes the idea.” But Peter Bibring, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, who has sued the department alleging unconstitutional searches of Skid Row residents, said Bratton’s attitude is troubling. Bibring said it shows the chief sees police suppression as the answer to crime and problems, even as he says it’s not the only answer. “These problems require more than just suppression and vigorous policing, but until the LAPD advocates creative solutions beyond suppression, there won’t be the political will to do anything else,” Bibring said. Among Bratton’s goals over the next five years is building relationships with the black and Latino communities, both of which have been distrustful of the department in the past and continue to view officers with skepticism. And Bratton knows he needs to reach out to those communities to fight gang violence. So far, LAPD efforts to crack down on the most hardcore of the city’s 40,000 gang members have been successful. Bratton said he expects to expand the crime-fighting techniques used in South Los Angeles to the rest of the city, including a single gang homicide unit and specially assigned officers that work exclusively with those detectives. But his best solution to keeping crime down in the future is pure and simple – “cops.” And without hesitation, Bratton says the only way to get more cops and more tools like DNA labs is more money. Bratton says he is ready to ask for it because he still gets angry when his BlackBerry goes off, alerting him to another killing. “The public needs to get more angry about it,” he said, “particularly politicians and our Congress needs to get more angry about it.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And since taking the helm of the department in October 2002, Bratton has received 2,447 such messages and thousands more about shootings. “I still get angry every time I see those shootings and those homicides,” Bratton said. “I cannot understand how somebody can do that. And when they do that, it just motivates me that much harder to get them and put them away for the rest of their lives.” Once the murder capital of the country, Los Angeles is a different place under Bratton. The homicide rate has dropped steadily under his five years as chief and Los Angeles now ranks as one of America’s safest big cities. Gangs remain the city’s No. 1 crime problem but Bratton promises to step up efforts to deal with them and continue to reduce crime overall. As he prepares for his reappointment ceremony Thursday, the former New York police commissioner reflects on the lessons he has learned in his tenure in L.A. and his goals for the next five years. last_img

Euro 2016: Wayne Hennessey expects to return for Wales against England

first_img1 Wayne Hennessey is confident he will be fit for Wales’ crunch Euro 2016 showdown with England.The 29-year-old goalkeeper suffered a back spasm on the eve of the Group B opener against Slovakia and was forced to watch from the sidelines as his side sealed a 2-1 win.But Hennessey, who was replaced by Liverpool youngster Danny Ward, expects to return to the starting line-up for Thursday’s massive match in Lens.“I had one (spasm) and missed the Liverpool game at home for Crystal Palace,” said Hennessey.“I had exactly a similar one. So I’ll have an injection now and I will probably be back in 24 hours which sounds crazy.“It is one of those things that you go from broke to mended in about 24 hours.“It was an unsettling time for myself, but our motto is ‘Together Stronger’ and it is all about the boys.“I thought Danny did really well, it was a big situation for him to come in but I thought he was tremendous.” Wayne Hennessey in action for Wales last_img read more

RESIDENTS’ ANGER AS DEVELOPER BIDS TO ERECT DONEGAL’S BIGGEST WIND TURBINE

first_imgLocal residents are angry that the developer of a wind farm in Co Donegal has applied to increase the height of the turbines to become one of the highest in the whole of Ireland – and the biggest in the county.The Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group says it will oppose the plans near Kinnagoe Bay.“In his application the developers says it is a ‘slight’ increase. We don’t call increasing the height of the hub from 69 metres to 85 metres ‘slight’,” said a spokesman for IWEAG. “That is an increase of almost a quarter of the permitted height. It will be the height of a five story building. It takes the full turbine height to 132 metres. The highest turbine is in Greystones in Wicklow at 139 metres.The developer is proposing to increase the height by 16 metres making them nearly forty metres higher than any building in Ireland. The highest building is St John’s Cathedral in Limerick at 93.8 metres.“It would make the turbines almost twice the height of St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny,” said a local resident.Part of the reason all this is making people angry, is that after the first application for the two turbine wind farm was turned down by Donegal County Council Planning Authority the developer appealed to An Bord Pleanala. In the appeal process, Donegal Council was asked by An Bord Pleanala to comment on the appeal and again DCC turned it down on the same grounds: wrong place for a wind farm.An Bord Pleanala’s inspector visited the site on Crockbrack Hill and also decided it was the wrong place for a wind farm.As well as DCC Planning, the Inspector of An Bord Pleanala did not think, that if something is ‘open for consideration for wind farms’, it means it has to be done under any circumstances.But the board of An Bord Pleanala decided to ignore their own inspector’s report and recommendations, ignore the recommendations of the DCC planning department and ignore the submissions made by local residents and granted the appeal.In An Bord Pleanala’s Board Directions there is a set of 19 conditions for this development, which are to be complied with by the developer. It is stated in condition no. 5:Prior to commencement of development, details of the proposed turbines, including design, height and colour, shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the planning authority. The hub height of the proposed turbines shall not exceed 69 metres and the diameter of the rotary blades shall not exceed 94 metres.“How can the developer now apply to increase the height? He has already successfully applied to have the road extended across the top of the hill and moved the substation to another location higher up on the hill,” said the group spokesman.“Is it really possible, even though An Bord Pleanala agreed to one application with strict conditions, ( see An Board Pleanala, ref. No: 240394: Crockbrack Hill, Carrowbeg and Meenletterbale, Moville, Co.Donegal (12/70002)) that the developer can at a later date change everything in it. How can that be?” “Our community is kept in the dark” says a local resident.The developer advertised the 5 planning applications involved in this one development.The first one was placed into the Irish Times and that’s why it slipped past the attention of the local community. (See article in the Donegal Daily, March 9, 2012 – INISHOWEN RESIDENTS SNUBBED BY PLANNING APPLICATION FOR WIND FARM.Thousands of residents across Inishowen couldn’t object to a planning application for a wind farm – because they didn’t know about the application.The second, third and fourth advertisement for changes to the original application were placed in one of our local papers and because of this the local community was informed about it immediately. The fifth and current planning application was advertised (as the first one) in the Irish Times, and was seen by the local community.If people want to object to the latest application (14/50014) to increase the height above the limit placed on him by An Bord Pleanala they have until 14th February to write in an objection to the Council.USEFUL LINKSPleanála: 240394: Crockbrack Hill, Carrowbeg and Meenletterbale, Moville, Co.Donegal (12/70002)HYPERLINK “http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/240394.htm” \t “_blank”http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/240394.htmDonegal County Council Planning EnquiryHYPERLINK “http://www.donegalcdb.ie/eplan/internetenquiry/rpt_querybysurforrecloc.asp” \t“_blank”http://www.donegalcdb.ie/eplan/internetenquiry/rpt_querybysurforrecloc.aspList of tallest structures in Ireland – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaHYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_structures_in_Ireland” \t “_blank”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_structures_in_IrelandPhotos and Diagrams of Wind Turbine Size Compared to Boeing Jumbo 747 [ HYPERLINK “http://AWEO.org” \t “_blank” AWEO.org]HYPERLINK “http://www.aweo.org/windsize.html” \t “_blank”http://www.aweo.org/windsize.htmlPhotos of Wind Power Facilities [ HY[ HYPERLINK “http://AWEO.org” \t “_blank” AWEO.org]ERLINK “http://www.aweo.org/windtehachapi.html” \t “_blank”http://www.aweo.org/windtehachapi.htmlWIND TURBINE ACCIDENT COMPILATION WorldwideHYPERLINK “http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/fullaccidents.pdf” \t “_blank” http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/fullaccidents.pdfWill giant turbines blow away Ireland’s support for windpower? – Telegraph BlogsHYPERLINK “http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geoffreylean/100253502/will-giant-turbines- blow-away-irelands-support-for-windpower/” \t “_blank”http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geoffreylean/100253502/will-giant-turbines-blow-away- irelands-support-for-windpower/RESIDENTS’ ANGER AS DEVELOPER BIDS TO ERECT DONEGAL’S BIGGEST WIND TURBINE was last modified: January 31st, 2014 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:InishowenKinnegoeTurbinelast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: ANGER AS BURGLARS STRIKE AGAIN

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: The crime wave in Co Donegal continues.Homes and cars were raided in the Glenwood area of Letterkenny on Thursday night.A sum of money was taken from one home, the family’s car was broken into – and there were attempts to rob two other homes and cars. Be vigilant folks.If you see anything suspicious call Gardai on 999 immediately. COMMUNITY ALERT: ANGER AS BURGLARS STRIKE AGAIN was last modified: February 28th, 2014 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:burglarscommunity alertGlenwoodletterkennylast_img read more

Man who ordered gang to attack rival’s home is jailed for three and a half years

first_imgA Judge has said it was a miracle that someone was not seriously hurt when a gang attacked a family home with nailguns.Donal Coyle and his family escaped with their lives when a gang of men shot up their home in Letterkenny in November 2006. The gang, from Derry, had been ordered to carry out the attack by Marcus Spratt who had accused Mr Coyle of previously attacking his van.The gang arrived at Mr Coyle’s home at Glencar Park and pumped it with nails from a nailgun.They smashed several windows and sprayed the inside of the house with nails with one of the nails missing Mr Coyle’s three-year-old son by inches.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Spratt, of Gortnacorrib, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to making threats to kill, causing criminal damage and being in possession of an offensive weapon in July 2012.However, before he was sentenced he fled to London where he has worked successfully as a building contractor in recent years.Two weeks ago he was arrested at Heathrow Airport under a European Arrest Warrant and returned to Ireland.He appeared before Judge John Aylmer for sentence on all the outstanding sentences.The Judge remarked how the nailgun used in the attack was as powerful as any firearm as it had penetrated the hall door of Mr Coyle’s home and missed striking his son by just inches.“It is somewhat of a miracle that Mr Coyle and his family were not seriously injured,” he added.He sentenced Spratt to a total of three and half years on both the threat to kill and possession of an offensive weapon charge and a further two and half years for the criminal damage charge with all charges to run concurrently.Spratt had denied that he had been present at the house when it was attacked but was in another village, Convoy.He added that he was horrified when he later learned that there was a young child in the house when it was attacked by the gang under his orders.A victim impact statement on behalf of Mr Coyle was handed into the court by state prosecutor Ms Patricia McLaughlin.Barrister Mr Ivan Toner said that Mr Coyle and his client had since made up and that Spratt had since been living a successful life in London.His ex-partner had facilitated him in bringing the couple’s two sons to London and on holiday in Disneyworld, Legoland and Lanzarote.The court was told that Spratt said there were “certain issues” as to why he could not hang around and be sentenced.Man who ordered gang to attack rival’s home is jailed for three and a half years was last modified: January 28th, 2018 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:courtDonal CoyledonegalgangletterkennyMarcus SprattnailgunRivallast_img read more

Takeaways: Bruce Bochy says he’s sticking with Buster Posey, others

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants need to make some hay on this six-game homestand if they are to realistically rejoin the race for the second wild card spot in the National League.It started off on a sour note, as the Giants left 11 runners on base in a 6-4 loss to the equally desperate Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.The sixth inning was especially frustrating.On a sharply hit ball by Brandon Crawford, Abiatal Avelino, starting at second base, ran through the stop sign of Giants’ third …last_img read more