Vishaul career best puts Windies A in command

first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC):Vice-captain Vishaul Singh struck a career-best fifth first class century to spearhead a massive West Indies A batting effort on the second day of the second four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.Unbeaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the left-hander carved out a superb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine declared in their first innings.Opener Rajendra Chandrika, who had retired hurt on 51 on Tuesday’s opening day, returned to make 84, while tailender Kemar Roach chipped in with 39.At the close, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was holding the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs behind heading into today’s penultimate day.Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a partnership which pulled Sri Lanka A from danger at 37 for four.Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fernando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test batsman Lahiru Thirimanne followed for three at 32 for two when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.Joseph removed Roshen Silva for a first-ball ‘duck’ at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for one.However, first ‘Test’ century-maker, Karunaratne, produced yet another excellent innings to stave off the collapse, facing 124 deliveries and counting 12 fours, while Dickwella has struck two fours in his 65-ball knock.MORE RUNSEarlier, resuming from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flourished, thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chandrika, who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.While Vishaul faced 306 deliveries and struck 16 fours, Chandrika hit nine boundaries off 84 balls, falling with his second first class century in sight when he was lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.Vishaul, who reached triple figures 40 minutes before lunch, then added a further 90 for the seventh wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80 balls at the crease.The partnership took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the visitors increase their dominance in the second session, before Roach finally departed, an hour after the resumption.Off-spinner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler, with four for 104.last_img read more

15 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR CO DONEGAL CHILD RAPIST

first_imgAN evil child rapist from County Donegal has been jailed today for 15 years for sickening attacks on his own relatives.The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, was found guilty of a dozens of charges at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin last month.Today the 48-year-old from Inishowen was jailed for 15 years. He was found guilty after trial of 65 counts of rape and sexual assaults. He was found guilty on fifteen counts of sexually assaulting a girl from when she was nine to fifteen.He was found guilty on forty counts of sexually assaulting and raping another young girl when she was nine until she was nineteen. The rapes commenced when she was only ten.The paedophile was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.Mr Justice McCarthy quoted from the woman’s victim impact where she described having “lost her childhood” when the abuse began.“The heartbreak is obvious,” he said, noting that the victim still suffers from overwhelming feelings of guilt, nightmares and panic attacks.In the report, the woman said she spent her childhood “at the hands of a monster”.The woman, now aged 24, said she was sexually assaulted at the age of nine and raped repeatedly from the age of 10, sometimes on a near-daily basis.She said as a child she felt lonely because she had to carry the biggest secret of her life and couldn’t tell anyone.She once planned her own suicide because she felt she couldn’t go on feeling dirty, horrible and unworthy of love.“I can never get away from it, even when I sleep. Every day I fight to get out of bed, to find some chink of light to make life worth living. You destroyed me. You broke my trust in all men,” the statement read.She said the man was supposed to be her guardian and her protector but that instead he was her “abuser and tormentor”, who treated her like a “rag doll” or like an “object to play with” for his own sexual gratification.“I lived with the physical pain every time you raped me, but I live with the emotional pain all my life,” she said.She apologised to the second victim, who was also sexually assaulted by the man.“I feel it’s my fault he abused you. If only I’d spoken out earlier – I’ll never forgive myself for letting it happen to you,” she said.The second victim, now in her late teens, submitted a victim impact report which was not read out in full to the court.In the statement, the girl said she “lost her childhood” as a result of being sexually assaulted. She said she still has nightmares and difficulty sleeping.She is fearful of being left alone in the house and feels guilty for breaking the family apart, although Mr Justice McCarthy said she has “no need” to feel guilty.Garda Paul Forrestal told Paul Greene SC, prosecuting, that the first victim was aged around nine when the man, who lived nearby, began sexually assaulting her.It started when she was watching TV lying on the couch, and he would place his hand inside her clothes.The assaults also took place in a spare bedroom and in the man’s bedroom.From the age of 10, the man would push or pull the girl towards a bedroom, force her to lie face down on the bed and rape her.The court heard that he used every possible occasion he could to rape the child, and that the rapes were “very, very frequent” when she lived with the man for a time.The second victim told gardaí that the man also started sexually assaulting her at around the age of nine. The court heard the assaults followed the same pattern of abuse as with the other victim but they did not escalate to rape.One specific allegation was made that in the summer of 2007, the man came home after a stag party and sexually assaulted the second victim, then aged 12.15 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR CO DONEGAL CHILD RAPIST was last modified: March 4th, 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:Inishowenpaedophilelast_img read more