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Murder bid accused denied bail

By Staff Reporters

A man accused of trying to murder another man found naked and beaten in a taped-up wheelie bin is to remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled.

Teri Lau (26) was refused bail amid prosecution claims there is a risk of interference with witnesses in the case. He is charged with the attempted murder and false imprisonment of Adam Robinson in Ballymena.

Mr Robinson was discovered by dog walkers in a wooded area at Sentry Hill in the town last September. He had been seriously assaulted and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

It is alleged that he was sealed in the bin after being attacked at a drink and drugs-fuelled party. Lau, of Dunclug Park in the town, was arrested and charged along with another man and woman.

His lawyers mounted a new High Court application for bail based on length of time spent in custody. But although the judge acknowledged that any trial is unlikely to begin this year, he held there was not enough delay to warrant releasing Lau.

Turning to concerns about potential interference with witnesses, Lord Justice Higgins said he had to examine the alleged offences.

Belfast and Boston now 'sisters'

Boston has become the third city to sister with Belfast after Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir travelled to Massachusetts to sign the agreement yesterday.

The deal is designed to foster stronger economic development, trade and investment, tourism, youth, cultural, faith-based exchange and educational linkages between the two cities.

Belfast's first citizen was hosted by Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh at the Seaport Hotel in the city before both men jointly signed the Sister City agreement.

It commits both cities to identifying activities that can generate new initiatives to further their economic, social and cultural relationships, including promoting mutual leisure and business tourism opportunities.

Belfast has been sistered with Nashville also in the United States since 1994, and Hefei in eastern China since 2005.

Leave fledglings be, says RSPB

The RSPB has issued advice to people on how to aid helpless baby birds they find on the ground.

Amy Ryan from the charity said it's vital that people resist the urge to intervene as this is a natural part of the bird's development.

She explained: "Just before baby birds are ready to tentatively extend a wing, wiggle a tail feather and take flight for the first time, they leave their nest, or "fledge" as it's called.

"Fledglings then spend a couple of days on the ground developing their final flight feathers.

"The fledglings will appear fully feathered and spend these days hopping around your garden in broad daylight.

"This is why so many members of the public are convinced they need rescuing."

Removing a fledgling from the wild significantly reduces its chances of long-term survival, she added.

Red wine 'has no health benefit'

Claims of the healthy and life-extending properties of a much-hyped ingredient in red wine and chocolate are unfounded, research suggests.

The anti-oxidant resveratrol, found in dark chocolate, red wine and berries, has no significant impact on life-span, heart disease or cancer, say scientists.

The study cannot explain the 'French Paradox' – the low incidence of heart disease in the French despite a diet laden with cholesterol and saturated fat.

Other as-yet unidentified compounds might be conferring health benefits associated with their diet, states the study.

Professor Richard Semba, from Johns Hopkins University in the US, said: "The story of resveratrol turns out to be another case where you get a lot of hype about health benefits that doesn't stand the test of time."

Tuck in to city's Restaurant Week

The first annual Restaurant Week to be held outside Belfast has been officially launched.

The culinary celebration will take place at eateries throughout Lisburn from June 16-22.

The week was launched at the Island Civic Centre by mayor Margaret Tolerton.

"Lisburn city is a thriving, bustling area, but we need to do even more to showcase our day and night-time dining attractions," she said.

Dozens of restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes will take part in the week-long festival of food in the city.

Activities include 'meet the chef' sessions, cookery demos, themed nights, live music and entertainment.

For more, log on to www.visitlis burn.com/restaurant week

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