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June 13: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
13th Jun 2023
June 13: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.

Chloe Mitchell: Brandon John Rainey, 26, on murder charge
A 26-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 21-year-old Chloe Mitchell in County Antrim. Brandon John Rainey of James Street, Ballymena, was charged with murdering Ms Mitchell between 2 and 5 June. Ms Mitchell was last seen in the County Antrim town on the night of 2 June and into the early hours of 3 June. A huge search operation got under way and, on Sunday, suspected human remains were found. These have not been formally identified. Mr Rainey appeared at court via video link along with fellow accused Ryan Johnson Gordon, 34, of Nursery Close, Ballymena who is charged with attempting to impede justice by concealing evidence around the alleged murder of Ms Mitchell. Ballymena Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Rainey has serious mental health problems and is a paranoid schizophrenic.
BBC News

State’s system of earmarking land for new housing is ‘fundamentally flawed’, TDs to be told
The amount of land that has been earmarked for new homes nationwide is lagging behind what’s needed due to land-zoning being based on outdated population projections, politicians will be told today. The Construction Industry of Federation has said the “unrealistic low projected growth” is due to data being based off old population information covering 2011-16 which it says was “one of the lowest population growth periods in recent Irish history”. It’s part of how Ireland’s land management process for housing is “fundamentally flawed”, the CIF will tell the Oireachtas Housing Committee later today.
The Journal 

Donald Trump in court: Up to 50,000 could protest during appearance, Miami police say
Police in Miami have said the city is ready for protests potentially involving up to 50,000 people when former US president Donald Trump appears in court on Tuesday. Mr Trump is facing 37 charges arising from his handling of classified documents which were taken from the White House to his residence and club, Mar-a-Lago in Florida, during his time in office. A total of 31 of the charges relate to the wilful retention of national defence information. Other charges include conspiracy to commit obstruction and false statements. If convicted, he could face years in prison.
The Irish Times

Burglars set fire to house ‘to hide DNA’ after lying in wait to watch victims leave for mass
A ruthless burglary gang set fire to a house in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence after they ransacked it.
The shocking arson attack occurred after the gang put two people under surveillance as they left for mass in rural Co Carlow on Sunday. The break-in was one of three burglaries across Carlow and Meath that morning. A Tallaght-based crime gang are the chief suspects in all three. The gang are also chief suspects for a separate burglary that took place in the Kilcloon area of Co Meath later that morning at 11.40am, when a home occupied by an 81-year-old woman was targeted as she attended mass.
Independent.ie

Leo Varadkar warns against ‘overly cautious’ budget\
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that a cautious budget could push more people into poverty and financial distress, in comments that appear at odds with other senior Government ministers. On the same day that Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Finance Minister Michael McGrath suggested that the forthcoming budget must be “prudent”, Mr Varadkar said an overly cautious approach is not something that he would be able to stand over.
The Irish Examiner 

Bus going too fast before crash – Australian police
A 58-year-old wedding bus driver has appeared in an Australian court, charged with dangerous driving that caused the deaths of ten guests. Brett Andrew Button allegedly drove “too quick” in what were believed to be foggy conditions just before midnight on Sunday, which caused Australia’s deadliest road accident in 16 years. Mr Button’s bus was carrying 35 passengers when it lost control at a roundabout and careened onto its side, killing nine people almost instantly. Moments earlier, the passengers had been celebrating the wedding of a young couple at the nearby Wandin Estate Winery in Australia’s picturesque Hunter Valley wine region. Another passenger later died in hospital. Fourteen guests are still hospitalised, including one in intensive care.
RTÉ

Nottingham: Several roads closed as police deal with ‘major incident’
Six roads in total have been closed while police investigate the ongoing issue and the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram network have also suspended all services. National Inter-Agency Liaison Officers who co-ordinate emergency service responses were also on the scene.
Sky News

Today’s forecast
Very warm and humid today with sunny spells and scattered heavy showers or thunderstorms. Some intense downpours expected in parts of the midlands and west especially during the afternoon and evening. Spot flooding is likely with the chance of hail. Top temperatures of 22 to 27 degrees with a few coastal patches of mist or fog lingering. A muggy night tonight with heavy showers early on in the west dying out. Dry and clear in many areas with some mist and fog forming and just a few showers near Irish Sea coasts. Temperatures not falling below 13 to 16 degrees with a light easterly or variable breeze. A Yellow Thunderstorm Warning has also been issued for counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry. The warning is in place until 9pm tonight.
Met Éireann