10/02/2017 BBC Newsline


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A father has been found NOT guilty of murdering his baby daughter.

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Caragh Walsh was three months old when she died two years ago.

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Her father, Christopher O'Neill, from the Whiterock Road in west

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Belfast, was charged with her murder.

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Today a jury at Craigavon Crown Court sitting in Armagh

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Throughout the four-week trial, Christopher O'Neill denied any

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suggestion that he'd harmed Caragh, saying that

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The 26-year-old from West Belfast was accused of killing his

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three-month-old baby daughter by shaking her violently

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whilst in a rage at her home in February 2014.

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During the trial, he said that he had shaken her,

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trying to revive her, he thought she was dying.

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Baby Caragh died in hospital two days later.

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In Craigavon Crown Court, the jury of ten men and one woman

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found by majority verdict of at least ten to one he was not

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In the gallery behind him, the baby's mother stood up

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and shouted, you killed my baby, my baby is dead because of you.

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She was led from the court room with her family.

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Still in the dock, Mr O'Neill put his head in his hands.

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When the judge said he was free to leave, his family applauded

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and hugged him and said, we love you.

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Mr O'Neill's solicitor said it had been a difficult

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A coroner has criticised police for failing to find a young man

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who died after going missing from a mental-health unit.

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His body was found ten weeks later close to the unit

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22-year-old James Fenton, from Bangor, had been identified

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as "high-risk" after telling staff he wanted to kill himself.

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The family of James Fenton at the coroner's court this afternoon

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for what marked the end of long, difficult and at times

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It's been a horrendously long road, not just for a few months, but

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22-year-old James Fenton went missing from Ward 27

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at the Mental Health Unit in early July 2010.

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And police were called in to search the grounds

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They failed to find the missing man, whose body was discovered

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less than 40 metres from the Mental Health

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The coroner was very critical of the police response when James

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Fenton went missing from the mental health unit.

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A police ombudsman report was also critical of how the case

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was handled and 12 officers were subsequently disciplined.

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The PSNI has since changed its policy and practices on missing

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persons as a direct result of the Fenton case.

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The coroner described the actions of the hospital staff at the time

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But he had harder words for the PSNI.

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Joe McCrisken said consideration should have been given

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to a police dog search, which may have led to Mr Fenton

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being found shortly after he'd absconded.

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He described this was a major failing that could have prevented

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the prolonged trauma suffered by the family.

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Today, the PSNI issued a wholehearted apology to the Fenton

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family for the police failings in this case.

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They have changed how to search for a missing person but they cannot

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make the excuse of not enough funding for

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mental health, things have to change.

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How many more people have to lose their lives?

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The coroner found that, due to advanced decomposition,

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the cause of James Fenton's death was unascertainable,

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although it was his view that the young man died

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shortly after he climbed over the gate and absconded from

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the Ulster Hospital's Mental Health Unit.

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Mervyn Jess, BBC Newsline, at Belfast Coroner's Court.

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A care worker found guilty of abusing elderly residents

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at a care home in west Belfast has been sentenced to four

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41-year-old Lisa Cullen from Lagmore Drive in Dunmurry

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was sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a whistleblower

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from the home at a previous court appearance.

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Relatives of those who were cared for by Ms Cullen were at the court

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It was the hardest thing we have ever

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done was to put our model there, and to find out

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that she hit my mother, it's soul destroying.

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She told my husband she had full Alzheimer's,

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was like a baby, and was better to go out and run around traffic.

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Plans by the Health Minister, Michelle O'Neill, to tackle hospital

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waiting lists have been criticised by the DUP leader, Arlene Foster.

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In a letter, Mrs Foster responded to Minister O'Neill's

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?31 million plan to treat patients who have been

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The DUP leader accused Sinn Fein of electioneering.

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But Sinn Fein hit back, saying the DUP were trying to deflect

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A County Antrim man says he's been left in shock,

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after a slurry tank crashed through a wall into his front

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Our north-east reporter, Sara Girvin, has the story.

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CCTV shows the dramatic moment a slurry tank crashes

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It missed the home itself, in Glenavy, by less than a metre.

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The homeowner, who was in the property at the time,

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said he's just glad no-one was hurt.

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Well, obviously quite shocked, but relieved,

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If somebody was standing here, you can see where parts of the

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It could have been worse if myself, my children or

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my family had been there, postman, anybody at all!

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The Belfast Road was closed for a time while the car,

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tractor and slurry tank involved in the crash were removed.

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Oil also had to be cleaned up, but the road has reopened.

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Rugby now, and Ulster hung on to secure a 24-18

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win against Edinburgh at the Kingspan Stadium

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The pre-match buzz about Marcel Keizer sea but Bradley rumbled over

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for the opening try. Ulster quickly responded. Marshall burst through

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from close range. Centre Darren Cave ran out the second wide out on the

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left. The third try was made by the brilliance of Charles Piutau.

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Bolster had the bonus point in the bag before half-time, Stockdale

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putting the finishing touches to a slick move. But after the break

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Edinburgh came back into it. This try set up a nervy finish. After a

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series of stoppage in -- stoppages for injuries and a penalty the hosts

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held on for a hard earned wind. Next up for Ulster, the visit of Glasgow

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Warriors in eight days. They will be hoping it is a little less tense.

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And now here with the late weather is Cecilia Daly.

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It will take old this weekend so make sure you are wrapped up nice

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and warm. Tonight it looks like it could be quite frosty in some

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places, temperatures could drop as low as five below zero and parts of

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the countryside. Not everywhere will see a thrust but many places. The

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day of Saturday frosty. It will be largely dry bed feeling cold,

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especially coastal areas with the breeze coming off the sea. Gradually

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the frost lifts, there will be sunshine at times tomorrow morning,

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also a cold wind of the North Sea, dragging in snow showers for eastern

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parts of Scotland and England. Further west it is drier and some of

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the best weather will be across the west coast of Ireland. If you are

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travelling to Rome to see Ireland play, it will be milder,

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temperatures in the low teens, live coverage on BBC Radio Ulster. 5

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degrees the us if we are lucky, a few snow flurries to some places.

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Sunday will be cloudier, cold in the breeze, a bit of sunshine and the

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possibility of one or two winteriness flurries. Next week it

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still looks largely dry and breezy but we should start a sepia pictures

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come up. By the time we get to the middle of the week it will be

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noticeably Marburg, with temperatures in double figures but

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also some rain around. -- noticeably warmer.

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Our next BBC Newsline is at 4.05 tomorrow afternoon.

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In the meantime you can keep up to date with news online.

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