Several cheap FTSE shares I reckon could help you retire with a million

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. The 2020 stock market crash has thrown up some cheap FTSE shares and attractive investment opportunities.Some of these shares will make decent vehicles for compounding gains over the years to come. And one of the open secrets about wealth creation is that compounding works best when you stick at it and do it for a long time.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Cheap FTSE shares with steady underlying businessesIf you can identify a steady underlying business and buy its shares at prices that make sense, you’ll be off to a good start. Then reinvest all the shareholder dividends you receive along the way. And if you sell a share for any reason, plough the proceeds back into other great stocks as well.In that way, your initial invested capital will make gains from dividends and rising share prices. But so will the profits you reinvest, over again. It’s just like how interest accumulates in a cash savings account, but with differences – share prices can go up and down, and companies can stop and start dividends.Indeed, there are some risks with shares that you won’t face in a cash savings account. But the flip side of risk is opportunity. Underlying businesses can expand and grow, pushing dividends and shares higher. But you must take on the risk first before you can experience higher gains from the upside potential.However, there are some things you can do to keep the risks as low as possible. One is to make sure the underlying business is well-financed with a strong balance sheet. Another is to look for a record of strong trading and decent profit margins, which would suggest the company commands a strong trading niche in the markets. A third is to be aware of cyclicality.Cyclical versus defensive sharesIndeed, highly cyclical enterprises tend to see their earnings, share prices and dividends wax and wane. The underlying businesses depend heavily on favourable general economic conditions to thrive. You’ll find a lot of them in sectors such as retail, mining, oil, finance, housebuilders, travel, hospitality and leisure and others.Sometimes it can be wise to invest in a firm with cyclical operations. However, timing can be tricky. But if you’re looking for enduring, defensive stocks to hold for the long term to compound your gains, fertile sectors include utilities, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, IT, technology and others.And it really is a great idea to get into the groove of compounding because the gains tend to rise exponentially. In other words, the longer you do it, the faster the gains tend to accelerate. In the later years of a long period of compounding, your gains could end up shooting skywards like a rocket.Meanwhile, I see several FTSE candidates as potential vehicles for compounding gains over the long haul. For example, I like the look of drinks suppliers A G Barr, Britvic and Diageo. I’m also keen on pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline. In fast-moving consumer goods, I’d consider British American Tobacco and PZ Cussons. And power network provider National Grid could also fit well in a long-term portfolio.Do be sure to do your own thorough research before buying any share. And good luck with your investing journey! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Kevin Godbold Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 14th June, 2020 center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Britvic and GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of PZ Cussons. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AG Barr and Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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What market crash? Here are 2 FTSE 100 shares I believe may continue to be successful in July

first_img Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. What a volatile six months it has been in broader markets. Following the bull market of January and February, the coronavirus that initially affected China became a global pandemic. As countries went into lockdowns, panic hit the markets. Yet after the market lows in March, many FTSE 100 shares had stellar run-ups in price.Not every FTSE 100 stock has recovered fully, but there are several shares that are up considerably in 2020. It has now become a stock-pickers market. Those investors who concentrate on the new post-Covid-19 economy are likely to continue doing well in the second half of the year. Therefore, I’d like to discuss two FTSE 100 shares that are up in 2020. I believe they still deserve to be on your radar.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Highest market capitalisation in the FTSE 100My first choice for today is pharma giant AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN), whose shares are up 13% year-to-date (YTD). The group is now the UK’s biggest company by market capitalisation. It’s worth over £111bn. Before the market crash, oil major Royal Dutch Shell was heading the list. But the downturn has pushed the share price down by over 43% so far in the year. And the company is now number eight on the list. What a change of fortunes.AZN shares have been buoyed in part by pharmaceutical companies’ relative safety amid the health and economic effects of the pandemic. Investors are also ready to pay a premium for its portfolio of drugs. That may be why the stock price has almost doubled in the past five years. In July 2016, it was around 4,280p. Now it is hovering at 8,460p.The group concentrates on several major disease areas, including cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, gastrointestinal, infection, inflammation and respiratory. A wide range of pharma companies are currently racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19 and AZN is one of the forerunners. In mid-June the pharma giant announced that (assuming a vaccine works) it would “supply Europe with up to 400 million doses of Oxford University’s vaccine at no profit.”As a result, the share price has been reacting extremely well. If AZN shares had been your only portfolio holding, you might not have thought that there has been a market crash in 2020. Shareholders also enjoy a current dividend yield of 2.65%. Consumer rulesThe second stock I want to highlight is consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB). This year, RB shares are up over 21%.I expect the volatility in the markets to continue in the coming weeks. Another market crash could also happen. Therefore I’d make defensive stocks part of any long-term portfolio. Analysts regard consumer staples companies as defensive. People continue to buy household items, cleaning products, and other essentials such as personal hygiene products, even when their salaries are shrinking. And the potential second wave of the viral outbreak means everyone must pay more attention to basic hygiene than before.On 30 April, the group also released Q1 results and reported record quarterly sales growth. The robust results were led by increased demand for many of its hygiene products, such as Dettol and Lysol, and health products like Mucinex, Nurofen, and VMS.Reckitt Benckiser’s current dividend yield stands at 2.6%. The shares are expected to go ex-dividend in August. The FTSE 100 group feels to me like a must-have if you want a consumer-defensive company in your portfolio. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 | More on: AZN RKT See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhDcenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. What market crash? Here are 2 FTSE 100 shares I believe may continue to be successful in July I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

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Date set for Ralepelle and Basson hearing

first_imgThe players tested positive for the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine following the Test against Ireland in Dublin on November 6, 2010.Both players were provisionally suspended from all rugby activities under IRB regulations until the resolution of the case. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Springbok Chiliboy RalepelleA Judicial Committee appointed by the South African Rugby Union will investigate the anti-doping case of Springboks Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle in Cape Town on January 25.The committee comprises Advocate Jannie Lubbe (chairman), Dr George van Dugteren and Advocate Rob Stelzner.last_img

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Heineken Cup preview: the semi-finals

first_imgSaturday 27th April 2013Clermont Auvergne v Munster, 5:00pm, Sky Sports 1Sunday 28th April 2013 Champions elect?: Clermont have not lost in the Heineken Cup this season and are heavily backed to be Euromasters By Alan DymockTHE CRASS amongst us would suggest that it is easy to place French powerhouse Clermont Auvergne straight into the final of the Heineken Cup. They are strong, they are slick, they are free scoring in attack and stingy in defence. They should beat Munster.This does a disservice to the famous Irish province, though. Yes, the other semi-final on Sunday between Saracens and Toulon is more touch and go, with arguably no clear favourite. Nevertheless, the game between Munster and Clermont is one between glorious old-stagers and a star-studded side who want to reach that big stage more than any teenager on YouTube. There will be points of great tension.Happy in his work: Paul O’ConnellDavit Zirakashvili at tight-head facing Dave Kilcoyne on the loose-head is an unpredictable duel which may spill over, washing other players out towards disruption. Not because either player is particularly dirty, but because their styles do not easily mesh. Peter O’Mahony facing down Julien Bonnaire is also a complex tussle, and we know what we get with Paul O’Connell versus Nathan Hines. There will be a few one-handed takes or pops here and there, sure, but after 80 minutes there may only be gristle and studs left.That first semi-final is about the proud but battered Munster bracing and letting the waves of Clermont crash upon them. Had this been in the group stages you may have said that this was a gimme for Les Jaunards because of their scintillating backs like Wesley Fofana and Napolioni Nalaga and their grizzly forwards. In the Heineken Cup, however, Munster are not so easily cowed.In the other match, with the playboys from the south of France packed off to Twickenham to face Saracens, anything could happen.Some of the match-ups are not as expected. Toulon’s Steffon Armitage is benched behind Juan-Martin Fernandez-Lobbe, with Danie Rossouw playing blindside. Sarries have Kelly Brown at openside and Jackson Wray facing off against the hulking South African. In the pre-match build-up there have been idle exchanges about the weight of packs and the disappointment Saracens have previously had in this competition. This is all a distractionary blurb. What it boils down to is if Saracens can control their own set-piece in the face of the loose but innovative Toulon forwards. The French side has impressive scrummagers in Carl Hayman and Andrew Sheridan and Saracens have cohesion, with Matt Stevens their driving their point. Saracens also have a lineout that will be drilled more than the North Sea. Toulon have a number of players that can be thrown up and thuggishly take the ball.Leader of the pack: Steve Borthwick is consistency personifiedIn each pirouette of play there will be match-ups that are hard to call. No readymade clichés can be brought out here because Toulon are mercenaries brought together by the love of performance and the riches only borne out of success. They are very large, but they are also a band of mavericks able to spin and link and grift their opponents. Saracens are bullies who may have to learn a new way, relying on synergy and some very, very sharp rugby brains within their ranks.With this second game you shouldn’t waste your time flipping a coin, because any penny up for grabs is at risk of being snaffled by a Toulon player. And with a coin flip there are pre-set rules; there are only two outcomes.This weekend of Heineken rugby is attractive purely because it may become shapeless and unconventional. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 20: Steve Borthwick of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images) Saracens v Toulon, 3:00pm, Sky Sports 2last_img read more

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Press freedom threatened by new verdict against press group Tempo

first_imgNews January 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom threatened by new verdict against press group Tempo August 21, 2020 Find out more Jakarta’s high court on 6 January 2005 upheld a defamation verdict against journalist Goenawan Mohamad and press group PT Tempo Inti Media Harian for one billion Indonesian rupees (nearly one hundred thousand euros) and ordered it to publish apologies in two national dailies.”Indonesian courts have started the year by sending a terrible signal for press freedom,” said Reporters Without Borders. Businessman Tomy Winata, who brought the case, had lodged a score of complaints against the daily Koran Tempo and the weekly Tempo.The court found Mohamad guilty of violating the presumption of innocence and defaming Tomy Winata by calling him a “thug” in an article carried in March 2003 by the daily Koran Tempo. A few days earlier, a crowd of Winata supporters invaded the offices of Tempo in Jakarta, injuring several journalists. The weekly had published an investigation on the possible implication of the controversial businessman in a fire at a market.”Sentencing a journalist to a swingeing fine because he expressed an opinion about a businessman who sent his henchmen to threaten a newspaper is unacceptable”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The organisation urged the Indonesian government to reform the law on defamation so that the fines that can be imposed cannot threaten a media’s very existence.Lawyers for the press group Tempo are planning to appeal to the Supreme Court. One of them, Darwin Aritonang, was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying that the “verdict is too much”.Tomy Winata has lodged several civil and criminal complaints against journalists on the group PT Tempo Inti Media Harian. In January 2004, the businessman, who has many political connections, won a defamation case following an investigation into his plans for gambling rooms. The press group was sentenced to pay one million dollars.Tempo was sentenced again in March of the same year to pay a fine of more than 50,000 euros over a Tomy Winata investigation. He had lodged six complaints related to this one article. In this case, journalist Bambang Harymurti was sentenced to one year in prison. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img News Organisation August 12, 2020 Find out more Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua November 19, 2020 Find out more IndonesiaAsia – Pacific to go further News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five yearslast_img read more

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Possible legalisation of cannabis to be discussed in Dail

first_img Facebook Possible legalisation of cannabis to be discussed in Dail RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By News Highland – May 7, 2014 WhatsApp 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also The possible legalisation of cannabis is being debated by a Dail Committee today.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight is considering a petition on the issue.Committee Chairman, Deputy Padraig McLochlainn, says there’s a clear need for debate on the subject:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/06rspa1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Previous articleOmagh bomb case against Seamus Daly adjourned until JuneNext articleMan arrested in Co Tyrone in relation to 1998 car bomb attack News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

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Obey Our Order In Letter And Spirit: SC ‘Requests’ Madras HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesObey Our Order In Letter And Spirit: SC ‘Requests’ Madras HC [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Sep 2020 9:37 AMShare This – xWe request the High Court to obey our order in letter and in spirit, the Supreme Court said taking note of the fact that the Madras High Court did not comply with its direction to dispose of a writ petition within the time stipulated by it.MG Saravanan had filed a writ petition before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court against setting up of a Petroleum Retail Outlet…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWe request the High Court to obey our order in letter and in spirit, the Supreme Court said taking note of the fact that the Madras High Court did not comply with its direction to dispose of a writ petition within the time stipulated by it.MG Saravanan had filed a writ petition before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court against setting up of a Petroleum Retail Outlet Station contending that the distance between the Outlet sought to be set up and the school is within the prohibited (as per a GO issued by Tamil Nadu Government) distance of 100 meters. The High Court initially granted a status quo order, but later vacated it after hearing some of the respondents, without giving any reason.When the Special Leave Petition filed by Saravanan against the vacation of Interim order came up before the Apex Court, it requested the High Court to take up the matter and dispose of the same within a period of two weeks.When the matter again was brought up after more than two months by filing a miscellaneous application, the bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman noted that the case was being shuttled between Madurai and Madras benches of the High Court. Therefore, the bench, also comprising of Justices Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee ordered:”Despite the fact that by our order dated 18.06.2020, we had requested the High Court to take up the matter and dispose of the same in two weeks, unfortunately, this has not been done, as the matter was shuttled between Madurai and Madras. We, therefore, request the High Court to obey our order dated 18.06.2020 in letter and in spirit. The Madurai Bench is, therefore, requested to take it up on priority basis and dispose of the same immediately.”Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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Kangana Ranaut & Sister Move Bombay HC To Quash Mumbai Police FIR For Alleged Communal Tweets

first_imgNews UpdatesKangana Ranaut & Sister Move Bombay HC To Quash Mumbai Police FIR For Alleged Communal Tweets Nitish Kashyap23 Nov 2020 4:01 AMShare This – xActor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel have moved Bombay High Court seeking quashing of FIR against them at Bandra police station and the order passed by Bandra Magistrate Court ordering registration of FIR taking cognizance under Section 156(3) of CrPC for allegedly trying to create a communal divide through their social media.In October, Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Ghule…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginActor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel have moved Bombay High Court seeking quashing of FIR against them at Bandra police station and the order passed by Bandra Magistrate Court ordering registration of FIR taking cognizance under Section 156(3) of CrPC for allegedly trying to create a communal divide through their social media.In October, Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Ghule ordered an FIR to be registered after finding a prima facie case against the actor and her sister. The complaint was filed by one Munawar Ali Sayyed, a casting director in the Hindi Film Industry who sought FIR to be registered for offences punishable under Sections 153 A, 295 A, 124 A r/w 34 of IPC.The plea was filed before the High Court through Advocate Rizwan Siddique. The complainant alleged that by her tweets Kangana is creating divisions between Hindu Artists and Muslim Artists. “I say that the accused no.1 is maliciously bringing religion in almost all her tweets”, he alleged. Thereafter, the complaint cited instances wherein Kangana and Rangoli’s tweets were allegedly communal. Her tweets on lynching of Hindu Sadhus at Palghar, calling the BMC “Babur Sena” after her office was demolished, claiming that she is the first person to make a movie on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Rani Laxmi bai of Jhansi in a “Islam dominated industry”, blaming Jamaatis for spreading Corona virus etc are cited by the complainant alleging that Kanagana tried to create hatred and communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims deliberately.After going through the complaint and the tweets posted by the accused, Magistrate Dhule observed-“Perused the complaint, heard the advocate of the complainant along with the documents filed on record. On prima facie perusal of complaint and submission I have found cognizable offence has been committed by the accused. Total allegations are based upon comment on electronic media that is twitter and interviews. The accused used social media like twitter and thorough investigation is necessary by the expert. The all offences alleged and levelled against the accused are cognizable. Search and seizure is necessary in this case, in such circumstances I have found it to be proper to pass order under Section 156(3) of CrPC.”A division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik is likely to hear the matter tomorrow. On October 29, Magistrate Court at Andheri ordered inquiry against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly posting derogatory tweets against the Muslim community. Court ordered an inquiry under Section 202 of CrPC and called for a police report on the allegations against the siblings. Apart from this, a Court in Karnataka ordered an FIR to be registered against the actor for her tweets on protests by farmers against the farm billSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Major burst affecting large part of Letterkenny

first_img WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – July 21, 2020 Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Major burst affecting large part of Letterkenny Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Twitter A major burst is affecting the water supply to a large part of Letterkenny. Areas in the Mountain Top, Kilycreen, Upper Carnamuggagh, Cannon View and surrounding areas that their water supply have been impacted.Irish Water say that repairs have been ongoing since 7.30am this morning and it is expected that the burst will be fixed by 5pm.Some customers may not receive a full water supply for a further two to three hours while reservoirs refill and water returns to the network.center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleAll foreign holidays should continue to be ‘off limits’Next articleSafety concerns outside local school back in the spotlight News Highland Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

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Prosecution to make closing speech at Donegal rape trial

first_img Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – July 12, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The prosecution will make its closing speech today in the case of a 19-year-old youth has who denies raping and orally raping a then 16-year-old girl behind a building in a town in Co Donegal in the early hours of March 18, 2016.Yesterday, a garda investigating the alleged rape confirmed to the court that he told the DPP about an inconsistency between CCTV footage and the complainant’s account.Lead investigator Garda Paul Leape also defended his decision not to show the girl the CCTV footage of herself and the accused returning from the scene of the alleged offences.The garda said under cross-examination: “I don’t believe it’s an investigator’s job to return to an injured party or to a witness, and, because one piece of evidence is inconsistent to another, you’d give them a second bite of the cherry to explain the inconsistency.”On Day 7 of the Central Criminal Court trial, Gda Leape was asked about a report he compiled on the basis of statements, CCTV footage, forensic and other evidence.His report was part of a file sent to a garda sergeant, a superintendent and then on to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who then decided to prosecute the case.The court heard the file included two clips of CCTV footage, previously shown to the jury. This depicted the girl and the accused walking to and from the scene of the alleged rapes in the early hours of the morning.In his report to the DPP, Gda Leape commented that the first CCTV clip showed that the girl “willingly” went with the accused to the scene. He also wrote that the second piece of footage “clearly shows both parties returning hand in hand from the scene. They kiss each other before she gently pushes him away”.“She does not appear from the footage to be overtly upset,” concluded Gda Leape in his report.Under cross-examination from Michael O’Higgins SC, defending, Gda Leape agreed that the footage “does not necessarily support” the evidence given by the injured party and by her friends that she had been upset after the alleged events.“You’re looking at the screen, it’s a one-dimensional view. Just because she doesn’t appear to me to be upset, it doesn’t mean that, inside, she wasn’t upset,” Gda Leape clarified.Gda Leape said he spoke to other witnesses on the night who said the girl had been upset.Gda Leape also rejected a suggestion by the defence that he had taken the complaint made by the injured party “at face value” and had “never investigated the underlying facts”.“The statements were not taken at face value. There was other evidence taken which showed consistency to what we believed she was saying. Also other statements from her friends, CCTV on the night, all heading in the one direction,” said Gda Leape.Earlier, Gda Leape told counsel for the defence that “taking the statement is not the forum for seeking an explanation” when faced with an inconsistency.“Where is the forum?’ asked counsel.“Here,” replied the garda. “You could have put it to the witness during your cross-examination.”The court also heard that when the accused was charged with both offences, he replied “that’s not true,” to the allegation of rape. When charged with the second count of oral rape, he replied, “that’s also not true.”The trial, before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy and a jury of eight men and four women, is due to continue tomorrow/on Friday, when Patrick McGrath SC, prosecuting, will give his closing speech on behalf of the State. WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+center_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest Prosecution to make closing speech at Donegal rape trial Twitter Previous articleStaycations boost Irish tourism this summerNext articleReport into death of Donegal Garda raises questions over G-SOC News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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