Linkedin Email Print Twitter Facebook Previous articleUL working to develop safer structuresNext articleStepping up to Fabulous Beast’s level Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Advertisement WhatsApp NewsBreaking newsCommunity figure sent to prison for sexual assualtBy Rose Rushe – July 11, 2014 563 by Bernie EnglishSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] LIMERICK man has been jailed for two years for sexual assault. The man, who is in his 50s, had previously pleaded guilty before the court in Limerick to six counts of sexual assault of two teenage sisters between March 1992 and October 1996. He was remanded on continuing bail on that occasion by Judge Gerald Keyes for sentencing before the court sitting in Ennis this week.Having read the victim impact statements, Judge Keyes remarked that one of the girls felt “guilty and ashamed” while the other said that she had come forward to make a complaint so the abuser would not assault anyone else.Judge Keyes noted that one victim said the abuser’s “manipulation and lies” had led to a breakdown in her relationships with her family.Representing the accused man, Lorcan Connelly BL said that he had been a prominent figure in the community.The court heard the accused had no contact with the two girls since 2007 and that he had written a letter of apology to them and to their mother.“Sexual assault is a very serious offence,” Judge Keyes stated. He sentenced the abuser to two years in jail on each of the six counts to which he had pleaded and ordered that the prison terms run concurrently.
Oxford University scientists are using brain scanning technology to investigate how we learn to recognize and comprehend the facial expressions of others.Magnetoencephalography (MEG), a non-invasive technique that measures the magnetic fields generated by brain activity, is being used to examine the face processing abilities of 96 children aged 5-16.The study, which samples participants with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), will compare the reactions of children in order to examine how the development of such vital brain responses is affected by ASD.Dr Swettenham who is leading the study commented, “There is a lot of evidence to suggest that people with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty with processing faces.”