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Man accused of murdering, eating ex-girlfriend mentally fit to stand trial

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A man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial by a state psychiatrist.

Joseph Oberhansley has been in prison in September 2014, when his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton was found dead in her home in Jeffersonville, in the US state of Indiana.

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Mr Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Ms Blanton’s house, raping her, stabbing her to death, then sawing her head and body open to eat her brain, heart and lungs.

Despite the state psychiatrist’s decision, Mr Oberhansley’s competency can still be contested by his defence lawyers, according to prosecutors.

His fitness for trial has been questioned since his defence team requested an psychiatric assessment in February 2017, noting he was “suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative and agitated”.

A judge consulted psychiatrists and ruled he was not competent in October 2017.

Mr Oberhansley said at a hearing on Thursday he wanted to fire his lawyers, claiming they were trying to “control” his mind, local news outlet reported.

The defendant claimed two other men killed Ms Blanton, as he did during a police interview in 2014.

“I’m just so tired of dealing with all this stuff and being locked in this cage,” he said, ”I just want to be executed.”

Prosecuting attorney for Clark County Jeremy Mull asked the judge to set a date for a trial in the next six months, but the defence asked for a month-long delay before a trial is scheduled. The next hearing in the case was set for 21 September.

Mr Oberhansley is charged with murder, burglary and rape and faces up to the death penalty if convicted.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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Liverpool maintain perfect lead after beating Mancity

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It was an eventful evening as Liverpool fc secured a remarkable win against the defending champions Manchester city at Anfield.

A fabulous goal from Fabinho on six minutes of play and a brilliant cross from Andy Robertson to Mohammad Salah sealed a two nil first half lead for the Reds.

The visitors fume after being denied a penalty for handball before a tremendous rocket from Fabinho.

Though, VAR reviewed the incident and deemed that Trent Alexander-Arnold had not committed a handball as Liverpool took an early lead.

On fifty-first minute, Sadio Mane converted a cross from Henderson to make it three as Bernardo Silva netted a consolidation goal to make it 3-1 on 78mintues of play..

It was a fantastic victory for Jurgen  klopp’s team as they extend their unbeaten record.

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