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2017 Cases

(December 2016 – January 2017)

 

Man awaiting trial refused bail to attend his grandmother’s funeral | December 30, 2016

 Larry McCarthy (37) has been refused bail to attend his grandmother’s funeral. McCarthy is awaiting trial for several charges including threatening to kill or use unlawful violence, assault and damaging property. The court denied bail due to concerns that McCarthy might tamper with witnesses. McCarthy is also considered a strong flight risk.

 

Man refused compassionate bail to attend grandmother’s funeral in Limerick | December 30, 2016

 A Limerick man has been refused compassionate bail to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Larry McCarthy, who is awaiting trial for threatening to kill Noel Moore – amongst other charges – was considered to be a ‘serious flight risk’ by the court. The court also expressed concerns that McCarthy could interfere with witnesses should bail be granted.

 

Refused bail to attend funeral | January 1, 2017

The State objected to granting compassionate bail to Larry McCarthy attend his grandmother’s funeral. McCarthy is being held and awaiting trial for threatening to murder Noel Moore in July 2015, alongside several other violence-related charges. The court declared that McCarthy was too much of a flight risk and the Gardaí had concerns he may tamper with witnesses if released on bail.

2016 Cases

 

(April 2016)

 

Judgement reserved on application to extradite man to Scotland on sex assault charges | April 14, 2016

The High Court has reserved judgement on an application for the extradition of an unnamed man to Scotland. The 43-year-old defendant, who is currently on bail, is accused of four counts of sexual assault; the age of the complainants ranging from 5 to 13 years at the date of the alleged incidents. The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1989 and 1998. Counsel for the defence, Mr John Ferry BL, told the court that the accused had been living peacefully in Ireland for many years, stating that the defendant had no knowledge of the matters until his arrest in January, 2016.

Mr Ferry went on to say that the defendant, who was under-age himself at the time of the alleged offences, has serious concerns about the case and his ability to pinpoint his whereabouts some 20 years later.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly remanded the accused on bail pending judgement until April 25, 2016.

 

(April 2016)

 

Five-year sentence for Dublin hit and run which killed toddler | April 19, 2016

A Dublin man who has admitted to consuming a litre of vodka and taking two grams of cocaine before knocking down a toddler, has been jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving at Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court. Ciaran Lane (25), pleaded guilty to causing the death of 23-month-old Vanessa Siatka at the Phoenix Park on April 6, 2015. The victim’s mother told the court that she could only watch as her baby was swept away from her.

Lane, who failed to stop after hitting the child, turned himself in to Cabra Garda Station half an hour after the incident. He admitted he was driving at 80km/h, despite the 50km/h speed restriction in the area. As well as imposing a five-year custodial sentence, Judge Patrick McCartan banned Lane from driving for twenty years, telling the court the case was “as bad a dangerous driving case” as he had ever seen.

 

Man drank litre of vodka and took cocaine before knocking down and killing toddler in Phoenix Park | April 19, 2016

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard evidence that Ciaran Lane (25), took two grams of cocaine and drank a litre of vodka before running down toddler Vanessa Siatka at the Phoenix Park on April 6, 2015. A victim impact report from the child’s mother, Katarzyna, was read to the court. Katarzyna, who was present when the car struck her daughter, explained her feelings of helplessness whilst watching her baby being taken away, as well as the profound effect which losing their child has had on herself and Lukasz, Vanessa’s father. She described life since the 23-month-old’s death as a nightmare.

Ciaran Lane failed to stop following the incident, but half an hour later handed himself in at Cabra Garda Station. Lane, who himself has a child of a similar age, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment with the final two years suspended, provided Lane remain drug and alcohol free for two years following his release. Judge Patrick McCartan also banned Lane from driving for twenty years.

 

Man who drank litre of vodka and took cocaine before knocking down and killing toddler jailed for five years | April 19, 2016

A 25-year-old Cabra man has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for causing the death of 23-month-old Vanessa Siatka through dangerous driving. Ciaran Lane of Ashington Avenue, who reportedly took two grams of cocaine and drank a litre of vodka prior to the incident, pleaded guilty to the charge against him. After fleeing the crime scene, Lane handed himself over to gardai, admitting to his involvement in the incident. The child’s mother, Katarzyna, relayed to the court via a victim impact report her helplessness at watching her “baby taken away” from her, as well as the devastating effect the loss of Vanessa has had on herself and her husband. Judge Patrick McCartan, who also imposed a twenty-year driving ban upon Lane, pointed out that as a father of a child around the same age, Lane knew the value of life in that respect, yet drove under the influence, highly erratically in an area knowing there would be children around. Judge McCartan said that the only mitigating factor in the case was that the child was on the road when Lane’s car hit her.

 

Heartbroken mum relives moment ‘perfect’ tot Vanessa was killed in horror hit-and-run | April 19, 2016

The victim impact statement provided by the grieving mother of a 23-month-old child who was killed by a hit and run driver, was read out to Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court. Vanessa Siatka’a mother, Katarzyna, explained that she and her daughter were enjoying a sunny trip to the park in Easter, 2015, when her daughter was hit by a car. The toddler died at the scene. Father of one Ciaran Lane (25), who had consumed two grams of cocaine and a litre of vodka prior to the incident, pleads guilty to death by dangerous driving. Lane, who initially fled the crime scene, later handed himself in to Cabra Garda station. Sentencing Lane to five years’ imprisonment and imposing a twenty year driving ban, Judge Patrick McCartan described the incident as “an entirely avoidable tragedy”.

 

Heartbroken mum of toddler killed in hit-and-run in Phoenix Park: ‘I knew it was her last goodbye’ | April 20, 2016

The mother of a child killed by a hit and run driver in a Dublin park described to Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court the harrowing last moments as her 23-month-old daughter died in her arms. Vanessa Siatka’s mother, Katarzyna, detailed in a victim impact report how she and her daughter were enjoying the Easter sunshine when tragedy struck. Katarzyna explained to the court that since her daughter’s birth, everything she and her husband Lukasz had done in their lives was for Vanessa and her future and that since their daughter’s death their lives had become a nightmare.

25-year-old Ciaran Lane of Ashington Avenue, Cabra, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. Lane, who fled the scene, later handing himself in to gardai. He had drunk a litre of vodka and taken two grams of cocaine prior to the accident, the court heard. Lane, who is a father to a child of similar age, was given a five-year custodial sentence.

 

Dangerous driver doing stunts before ploughing into toddler | April 20, 2016

Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court has heard evidence that a Dublin man was driving dangerously and performing stunts in a public area prior to running over a toddler. One witness told the court that he had seen Ciaran Lane (25), of Ashington Avenue, Cabra, doing handbrake turns in The Maple Centre. Another witness told gardai he saw a car matching Lane’s driving on the wrong side of the road, narrowly avoiding a collision.

The court heard that Lane failed to stop after running over 23-month-old Vanessa Siatka, who died at the scene in the arms of her mother. Lane handed himself in at Cabra Garda station some half an hour later, where he admitted driving at speeds in excess of 80km/h in a 50km/h zone. Lane pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving. In sentencing Lane to five years’ imprisonment and imposing a twenty year driving ban, Judge Patrick McCartan described the incident as a horrible loss of a young life which was entirely avoidable and extended his deepest sympathies to the victim’s family.

 

(June 2016)

 

Dublin man goes on trial accused of murdering a fellow B&B guest

 Dublin man Terry Connors (42) is accused of the murder of a fellow guest at a B&B on June 9, 2015. Connors is further accused of the assault of a woman at the same time. A not guilty plea has been entered after the court refused to accept a plea of guilty to manslaughter. Connors is said to have stabbed a man who later died of his injuries in hospital.

 

Murder trial hears accused hit deceased with rock after pair drank in underground carpark

 The Central Criminal Court heard that Thomas O’Connor, accused of murder, hit John O’Brien on the head with a rock after the pair had been drinking together in an underground carpark.

(June – July 2016)

 

Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of ex-partner in Dublin | June 22, 2016

Denis Leahy (50), of Queen Street, Dublin 7 was charged on September 23rd 2014 with attempting to murder Rose Kenny (51) his ex-partner at School Street Flats, Dublin 8. Leahy had pleaded not guilty on the 20th June at the Central Criminal Court.

 

Man who launched ‘vicious’ knife attack on woman changes plea to guilty on attempted murder charge | June 22, 2016

Following on from the previous post, Alison O’Riordan reports here that Denis Leahy who attempted to murder his ex-partner of 15 years Rose Kenny, pleaded guilty to the charge. Leahy was remanded in custody until his hearing on July 14th 2016 where a victim impact statement was read to the court.

 

‘If I closed my eyes, I knew I wouldn’t open them’: stab victim tells court of guilt over relationship with attacker | July 14, 2016

The court hearing on July 14th 2016 heard that Ms Kenny had left her flat at 7.50am on the morning of 23 September 2014 to make her way to work at a crèche in a local resource centre. As she came down the stairs she saw a man reading a newspaper at the bottom of the stairs. Leahy then committed a vicious knife attack on her.

 

Dublin woman tells of ‘guilt’ after being stabbed in ‘vicious’ attack by ex-boyfriend | July 14, 2016

Alison O’Riordan reports that Ms Kenny told the court that since she was attacked she has never returned to her flat that she had lived in for the past 22 years. She said “I have to live with the guilt I feel of how I brought this man into my life and without knowing that I put my life and that of my daughter and family and friend’s life in danger.”

 

Victim: How was I such a bad judge of character? | July 15, 2016

The court heard that Ms Kenny’s life is now categorised into “before the attempted murder” on her, and her life “after it.” She went on to say “How could I have known that he was capable of doing such gruesome things? Every day I ask myself how could I have been such a bad judge of character.”

 

Stabbing victim still asks herself ‘how her ex could do it’ | July 15, 2016

Alison O’Riordan reports on the “horrendous injuries” that Ms Kenny endured including three stab wounds to her neck and three stab wounds to her chest. Ms Kenny was in surgery for twelve hours at St James’s Hospital after the attack on her life, and was in hospital for seven weeks after.

 

Man who launched “vicious” knife attack on former partner jailed for 14 years | July 21, 2016

Denis Leahy, a fifty-year-old man who launched a “vicious” knife attack on his ex-partner of fifteen years Rose Kenny, has been jailed for fourteen years. The judge said that there was a “lack of remorse” shown by Leahy, the attack was premeditated and had been planned “for at least a day.”

 

Jailed for 14 years over ‘vicious’ knife attack on former partner | July 22, 2016

Leahy was sentenced by Mr Justice Paul Butler to 14 years’ imprisonment which was backdated to September 23, 2014. Mr Justice Butler also said the aggravating factors included the ferociousness of the attack on Ms Kenny and the injuries sustained. “It was only thanks to the highly skillful medical intervention that Ms Kenny survived” he said.

 

(July 2016)

 

Thomas Dooley (64) found slumped in armchair four days after he was allegedly beaten to death with baseball bat | July 11, 2016

Alison O’Riordan is a Court reporter with Ireland International News Agency (IINA). She has recently reported on a case that involved a 64 year old man being found in the living room of his home in Edenderry, Co Offaly on February 16 2014. Matthew Cummins (22), Sean Davy (21) and James Davy (25) are charged with murdering Thomas Dooley at Sister Senan Court in Edenderry on February 12, 2014.  You can read the online news article here.

 

Murder accused showed woman baseball bat which he had to ‘protect himself’ – trial hears | July 12, 2016

Continuing from the previous post on Thomas Dooley murder case, Alison O’Riordan updates us further on how a woman told the jury on 12th July that one of the accused showed her a baseball bat which he said was to ‘protect himself’.  Thomas Dooley (64) died from injuries to his upper body and head on February 15 2014.

 

Attempt made to burn armchair in which man was found beaten to death | July 13, 2016

Alison O’Riordan reported on the 13th July that an attempt may have been made to set fire to the armchair in which the deceased Thomas Dooley was found. The armchair was burned in three separate locations and ‘four small fragments of wood’ were found on the deceased head and ‘a small wood splinter’ was taken from the deceased’s jumper. The three accused men have pleaded not guilty and the trial continues.

 

(July 2016)

 

Thug who ran over postman’s foot while stealing van has sentence cut | July 6, 2016

Brian Reilly (20), of Navan, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and theft of a vehicle at his trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Judge Patrick McCartan imposed consecutive sentences for the two charges, of five and four years respectively, suspending the last three years to encourage the defendant not to reoffend. Reilly took his case to the Court of Appeal and won.

The Court of Appeal raised questions over the judge’s failure to identify a headline offence and failure to mitigate the sentence in light of Reilly’s guilty plea. Reilly is accused of stealing a postman’s van and running him over.

 

(October 2016)

 

Convicted murderer ‘at large’ in Ireland may be extradited back to UK | October 12, 2016

A 57-year-old convicted murderer from London, was deemed to be at large in Waterford after failing to return to prison. Robert Donovan was arrested by gardai under a European Arrest Warrant and detained in Waterford City in November, 2014.

Donovan had been serving a life sentence in the UK for the murder of a man on a London bridge in 1974. Donovan failed to return from temporary release on June 19, 2010 and authorities believed he was residing at a property in Waterford.

 

 Convicted murderer ‘at large’ in Ireland claimed he couldn’t return to UK because of Brexit | October 14, 2016

High Court judge Ms Aileen Donnelly, delivered a judgement granting the application of the State for the extradition of Robert Donovan (57). Donovan, who was born in London but held an address in Newtown Road, Waterford City, was arrested by gardai in November, 2014. He had been serving a UK-imposed life sentence for the murder of a man in London in 1974. Donovan failed to return to prison after temporary release on June 19, 2010 and was subsequently regarded as “unlawfully at large” until his arrest in Waterford, whereupon he faced extradition proceedings in the High Court.

Ms Justice Donnelly, dismissing Donovan’s plea that his extradition would amount to a risk of lack of protection of his ECHR rights as a result of the UK leaving the EU, directed that Donovan should be surrendered to UK authorities.

 

(October 2016)

 

Lounge-boy ‘glassed’ when he tried to intervene in assault on woman in popular Dublin nightclub | October 19, 2016

Silviu Voivod (31) of Co Meath will be sentenced by the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to the assault of Robert McMickan at the Dandelion Bar and Nightclub on October 12, 2014. McMickan, a first year college student who was working part-time at the Dandelion Bar as a lounge-boy, was reportedly glassed in the face and repeatedly punched after attempting to stop an assault against a woman. He lost his two front teeth in the incident, as well as suffering cuts to his lip and facial scarring. Voivod, who pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and has no prior convictions, was warned by Judge Melanie Greally that he faced a custodial sentence.

 

(October 2016)

 

Charge of being in IRA is dropped | October 15, 2016

The case against Louth man Joseph Finnegan (54), for his alleged involvement within the IRA, has been dropped. Finnegan, who was also charged with possession of two stolen cars, pleaded guilty to the possession of a stolen Ford Focus but denied the other charges. In June, 2016, Finnegan also pleaded guilty to four charges of possession of firearms and ammunition. Finnegan was remanded on bail until October 24, 2016.

 

(October – November 2016)

 

Murder accused ‘stabbed fellow inmate in prison kitchen after argument over switching television channels’, court heard | October 20, 2016

Cork prisoner Brian Veale (31) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of fellow inmate Graham Johnson. It is alleged that Veale stabbed Johnson through the heart with a kitchen knife following an altercation about which television channel to watch. The incident is said to have taken place in the Cork Prison kitchen sometime after 5pm on May 16, 2015.

 

 Prisoner allegedly stabbed over argument about switching TV channels | October 20, 2016

A man accused of stabbing a fellow inmate to death in Cork Prison has pleaded not guilty to murder. The alleged incident took place in the prison kitchen after an altercation about switching TV channels. With a smile, the accused Brian Veale reportedly said to a witness that it “doesn’t matter” if he gets a life sentence.

 

 Murder accused stabbed inmate after TV channel row, court hears | October 20, 2016

 An altercation between two inmates in Cork Prison over which television channel to watch reportedly ended with Brian Veale stabbing Graham Johnson to death. The alleged incident took place with a kitchen knife as the inmates were preparing food. A third inmate, Ming Feng Chen, provided a witness testimony, along with prison officer Brian Forde.

 

Murder accused alleged to have stabbed fellow inmate in prison kitchen after row over switching TV channels | October 20, 2016

Murder accused Brian Veale of Cork Prison is alleged to have stabbed fellow inmate Graham Johnson following a row about switching TV channels. The two had a verbal altercation regarding TV channels around 3pm on May 16, 2015. Sometime after 5pm that day, Johnson was found with a single stab wound to the chest. Witnesses may not have seen exactly what happened, though Veale was found with Johnson’s blood on his work tunic.

 

Prisoner allegedly stabbed over argument about switching TV channels | October 20, 2016

Witnesses called in the trial of Brian Veale, alleged to have stabbed another inmate at Cork Prison after a row about TV channels, have testified that Veale stabbed Graham Johnson using a large carving knife. Fellow inmate Ming Feng Chen stated he saw the incident, while prison officer Brian Forde arrived on the scene to see Johnson clutching his chest. Veale was said to look calm but had blood splatter on his right forearm.

 

Cork Prison inmate died from stab wound to chest, court hears | October 21, 2016

 Graham Johnson, a Cork Prison inmate who died on May 16, 2015, was killed by a single stab wound to the chest which caused haemorrhages to the aorta and heart, a murder trial heard. Accused of the killing is fellow inmate Brian Veale, who allegedly stabbed Johnson following an argument over which TV channel to watch. The incident is said to have taken place in the prison kitchen with a large carving knife used to prepare food.

 

Knife went straight through victim’s heart, says State Pathologist | October 21, 2016

 The jury on the trial of Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale, accused of murdering another prisoner, heard testimony from chief state pathologist Cassidy. The post-mortem examination revealed the victim died from a single stab wound that went straight through his heart after penetrating the sternum; a manoeuvre requiring considerable force. The alleged incident occurred in the prison kitchen following a row over switching channels on the TV.

 

‘Single stab to the heart killed Cork Prison inmate’, 41 | October 23, 2016

 Forensic evidence confirmed that Cork Prison inmate Graham Johnson (41) died from a single stab wound to the heart, which caused haemorrhaging. Brian Veale, the fellow inmate accused of murdering Johnson, pleaded not guilty. The court heard that a considerable degree of force would have been needed to penetrate the bone of the sternum to reach the heart.

 

Man accused of murdering Cork Prison inmate asked court witness not to go back to cell, jury told | October 24, 2016

 A witness in the murder trial of Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale testified that the accused had requested he not return to his cell on the afternoon of the alleged incident as he was fearful of the deceased. Inmate Ray Cummins confirmed, when asked by prosecution, that Veale had asked him not to go back to his cell around 4pm on that day. Cummins alleged that Veale was afraid that victim Johnson would do something to him after a row about the TV remote.

 

Blood on accused’s clothes matches that of dead prisoner, trial hears | October 24, 2016

 The jury in the murder trial of Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale heard that blood found on the accused’s clothing was a forensic match to that of the victim. It is alleged that Veale stabbed fellow inmate Graham Johnson to death using a large kitchen knife. Blood matching Johnson’s DNA was found on Veale’s trousers, vest, t-shirt and shoes by forensic scientist Dr Edward Connolly.

 

Man accused of murdering Cork Prison inmate asked court witness not to go back to cell, jury told | October 24, 2016

 Court witness Mr Ray Cummins told the jury that the murder accused Brian Veale had asked him not to return to his cell due to fears that the deceased would “do something” to him. Veale is accused of murdering Graham Johnson after a heated altercation over what TV channel to watch. Cummins further testified that Johnson was acting aggressively towards Veale prior to the alleged incident, asking him “out the back” to fight.

 

There is ‘ample evidence’ to convict man accused of Cork Prison murder, court hears | October 25, 2016

 In his closing speech at the murder trial of Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale, prosecutor Tim O’Leary told the court that there is ‘ample evidence’ to secure a conviction. Evidence included eye-witness testimony of the incident and blood-stained clothing belonging to Veale matching the victim’s DNA, meaning there was no need for the jury to speculate, stated O’Leary.

 

Fear ‘at the heart’ of case of inmate’s death, jury told | October 26, 2016

 Counsel for the defence in the murder trial of Brian Veale told the court that fear, an issue in cases of self-defence, was at the heart of the case. Barrister Tom Creed asked the jury to focus not on whether Veale killed fellow inmate Johnson, but whether it was his intent to kill or seriously injure. Creed urged the jury to come up with a verdict of manslaughter rather than murder.

 

Man found guilty of murdering fellow prison inmate after row over TV channels | October 26, 2016

 Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale was convicted of the murder of a fellow inmate by a unanimous jury verdict. Over the four-day trial, the jury heard evidence that Veale stabbed inmate Graham Johnson through the heart after a confrontation regarding which channel to watch on TV. Sentencing was adjourned for over a week to await a victim impact statement.

 

BREAKING: Prison inmate found guilty of Bandon man’s murder | October 26, 2017

 Brian Veale of Waterford has been found guilty of murder by a jury of seven men and five women. Veale pleaded not guilty throughout the trial. The incident took place in the Cork Prison kitchens, where Veale killed a fellow inmate after an earlier argument over which channel to watch on the television.

 

Man found guilty of murdering fellow prisoner in TV channel row | October 26, 2016

 A Central Criminal Court jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict in the murder trial of Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale. Veale, who pleaded not guilty, was accused of murdering another inmate in the prison kitchen after an argument about what to watch on television. The jury deliberated for less than two hours after hearing evidence over four days.

 

Prisoner murdered inmate in TV row | October 27, 2016

 Brian Veale, the Cork Prison inmate accused of killing a fellow prisoner by stabbing him through the heart, has been found guilty as charged by a jury of seven men and five women. The jury reached a unanimous verdict in under two hours. Counsel for the defence argued the incident was self-defence, but the jury agreed with the prosecution. Sentencing was adjourned for witness impact statements.

 

Prisoner guilty of murder after row over TV | October 27, 2016

 Cork Prison inmate Brian Veale was remanded in custody to await sentencing on November 7, having been convicted of the murder of a fellow inmate. The jury unanimously returned a guilty verdict after an hour and 56 minutes of deliberation. The court heard Veale stabbed another inmate to death with a kitchen knife after rowing about what to watch on television.

 

Cork Prison murder: “It breaks my heart thinking of why he is not here” | November 7, 2016

 Victim impact statements were heard by the Central Criminal Court regarding the sentencing of Brian Veale, who was found guilty of murdering fellow inmate Graham Johnson whilst in Cork Prison. Emotional statements were read from Mr Johnson’s elderly mother and his thirteen-year old daughter before Veale was jailed for life. Johnson had been serving a sentence due to mistakes made through gambling addiction.

 

Inmate Gets Life for Prison Murder | November 8, 2016

Brian Veale was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Graham Johnson, of which he was found guilty on October 26. Veale stabbed Johnson through the heart with a carving knife in the prison kitchen after a confrontation about TV channels. Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy ordered Veale to serve life, consecutive to his earlier sentence for robbery which saw him in Cork Prison at the time of the murder.

 

Murdered Graham (41) had rung his mother every day from prison | November 16, 2016

 Murder victim Graham Johnson had rung his mother every day from prison, the Central Criminal Court heard in an emotional victim impact statement. Johnson’s sister read out the statement on behalf of his 87-year old mother. A second statement was read by Johnson’s 13-year old daughter. Murderer Brian Veale, who stabbed Johnson through the heart in the prison kitchen after a row, was jailed for life.

(October – November 2016)

 

Body of victim may have been burned while man was still alive, murder trial hears | October 27, 2016

 Two men were arraigned at the Central Criminal Court and charged with the murder of Gints Intembergs, who was found covered in blood, with fatal blunt force trauma to the head. Evidence suggests attempts were made by accused Liam Power and Dzintars Sackalausks to burn the body while Intembergs may still have been alive. Both men pleaded not guilty, with Power having attempted to submit a plea of guilty to manslaughter which was not accepted.

 

Beaten body was found on floor | October 29, 2016

The beaten body of Gints Intembergs was found on the floor of his home by a neighbour, Gunita Lace, in September 2014. At Liam Power and Dzintars Sackalausks’s murder trial, Lace gave evidence agreeing with Sackalausks’s defence counsel that he had said to her it was not him ‘’who did that” when she discovered the body. Testimony was also heard from Aigar Sildars; whom the two men are further accused of assaulting at the same time and same address.

 

Court hears accused told landlady that “he thought he had killed a man” |

Dolores Kenny, landlady of one of the men accused of murdering Gints Intembergs, testified as a witness in court, stating that Liam Power had told her that he “thought he had killed a man” on the morning following the murder. Ms Kenny also agreed with Power’s defence counsel that the previous evening when he had returned home she had been unable to understand him as he had taken drugs. Power is accused along with Dzintars Sackalausks of the murder of Intembergs.

 

Blood on shoe of Irish man accused of murder matches deceased’s profile | November 2, 2016

Blood that was found on the running shoe of Irish man Liam Power matches the profile of murder victim Gints Intembergs, the court heard. Power, along with Dzintars Sackalausks, is accused of killing Intembergs in September, 2014. When Gardaí arrested Power following the incident, they took possession of the running shoes and a pair of white socks after Power told them he used a sock to try to remove blood stains from the shoes.

(November 2016)

 

Man faces German extradition after alleged role in IRA bomb | November 14, 2016

 The High Court has ordered the extradition of James Corry; a man suspected of being involved in an IRA mortar attack in Germany in 1996. Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly ordered that James Corry be surrendered to Germany to stand trial.

 

High Court orders extradition of a man arrested in Kerry last year | November 14, 2016

 Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly of the High Court has ordered the extradition of James Corry, who was arrested in Kerry last year. Corry is alleged to have been involved in the firing of three mortar shells on a British army base in Germany in a Provisional IRA attack. The order was made to surrender Corry to Germany, with the court decreeing that there was nothing ‘oppressive or discriminatory’ in the respondent being ordered to face trial and punishment.

 

(November 2016)

 

Man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership was arrested in run-up to Prince Charles visit to Ireland | November 28, 2016

 Donal O’Coisdealbha (25) pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation, the IRA, having been investigated and surveyed by the Gardaí for some months. O’Coisdealbha was found to have several explosive devices concealed in a house in Wexford and related apparatus at his place of work.  The court heard that the Gardaí suspected preparations were underway for developing an artillery rocket. These discoveries were made not long before Prince Charles was due to visit the area.

 

Man had explosive device components in college locker, court hears | November 28, 2016

A 25-year old man, Donal O’Coisdealbha, had explosive device components in his university locker, the Special Criminal Court has heard. O’Coisdealbha was arrested in the run-up to Prince Charles’s visit to the local area. His property was searched due to suspected IRA membership; explosive components were found in his locker at Maynooth University.

 

IRA man ‘caught with explosives’ days before visit by Prince Charles | November 29, 2016

A Dublin man faces up to eight years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to being a member of the IRA. Donal O’Coisdealbha was arrested after being investigated by the Gardaí for some time. Explosive devices and related electrical components, including semtex and improvised rockets, were discovered in a Wexford house and the accused’s workplace. O’Coisdealbha was arrested prior to Prince Charles’ visit to the area.

 

IRA member ‘had explosive parts in locker’ | November 29, 2016

A member of the unlawful organisation, the IRA, was found to have several components for explosive devices in his locker at Maynooth University, the Special Criminal Court heard. Donal O’Coisdealbha was also found to have concealed further explosive devices including fertiliser, semtex and improvised rockets at a Wexford house. O’Coisdealbha pleaded guilty, having been arrested by the Gardaí after a five-month surveillance operation.

(November – December 2016)

 

Gardaí arrived at scene after frenzied attack with ‘boning knife’ | November 16, 2016

The Gardaí arrived at a Cork home to find it covered in blood after Patrick O’Rourke repeatedly stabbed his partner, Donna Foster, with a boning knife. O’Rourke pleaded guilty to the attack as well as an assault on a minor, requesting the opportunity to read out a letter of apology in the court room. The jury was dismissed and O’Rourke was remanded in custody until his sentence hearing.

 

Home ‘covered in blood’ after man (63) attempted to murder partner, court hears | November 16, 2016

 A Cork home was found covered in blood by the Gardaí after 63-year old Patrick O’Rourke tried to kill his partner by repeatedly stabbing her. O’Rourke initially pleaded not guilty but then changed his plea to guilty of attempted murder after a jury had been sworn in. He was then remanded in custody to await sentencing and the jury was dismissed.

 

Man pleads guilty to repeatedly stabbing partner with boning knife | November 16, 2016

A 63-year old man pleaded guilty to the Central Criminal Court after repeatedly stabbing his partner with a boning knife after an argument concerning their relationship. The ‘horrific’ attack left ex-partner Donna Foster with severe injuries. O’Rourke also pleaded guilty to the assault of a minor who tried to prevent further stabbings. He was remanded in custody to await sentencing where victim impact statements would be read to the court.

 

Man gets nine years for ‘continuous, vicious and frenzied attack’ | December 2, 2016

 A 63-year old man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for attempted murder after repeatedly and viciously stabbing his partner when she told him she was planning on leaving him.  A minor intervened and was also injured in the assault. The victim, Donna Foster, told the courts she was fearful for her life; she believed he would never stop stabbing her and the intervention of the minor could have saved her life.

 

Man (63) jailed for nine years after stabbing partner when she said she wanted to leave | December 2, 2016

 Patrick O’Rourke (63) of County Cork received a sentence of nine years after pleading guilty to attempted murder. O’Rourke instigated a vicious knife assault on his partner, following a discussion in which she told him she no longer wanted to be with him. A minor was also injured during the attack, incurring a further 3 ½ year sentence to run concurrently. O’Rourke apologised sincerely to his ex-partner during his trial.

 

Man (63) jailed for nine years after stabbing partner who wanted to leave him | December 2, 2016

 63-year old Patrick O’Rourke has been jailed for nine years for attempted murder. O’Rourke pleaded guilty to repeatedly stabbing his partner, Donna Foster, who had told him she was leaving him. O’Rourke received a further sentence of 3.5 years for the assault of a minor during the same attack; both sentences have been ordered to run concurrently.

 

Irishman who tried to murder girlfriend because she planned to leave him jailed for nine years | December 2, 2016

Justice Patrick McCarthy handed down a nine-year sentence to Patrick O’Rourke after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder after trying to stab his partner to death. Donna Foster had told O’Rourke she was planning to leave him, which resulted in a vicious knife attack. Foster stated she was pleased with the sentence and felt like she had got justice.

 

Man gets nine years for bid to murder partner | December 3, 2016

 Patrick O’Rourke (63) of County Cork received a nine-year prison sentence after attempting to murder his partner with a knife when she told him she would be leaving him. The judge stated that although there was no history of violence in the relationship, this was clearly a severe attack that left the victim distressed and fearful. A further 3 ½-year sentence to run concurrently was handed down for the assault of a minor during the same incident.

 

‘I’m just glad it’s over’, says woman as ex who stabbed her repeatedly gets 9 years | December 3, 2016

 A woman who was repeatedly and viciously stabbed by her partner when she told him she was leaving him, has stated that she is just glad it is all over. Judge Patrick McCarthy sentenced Patrick O’Rourke (63) to nine years after considering his age, previous good character and genuine remorse when deciding on sentencing. There was no previous violence during the relationship.

 

Nine-year sentence for man who inflicted ‘vicious and frenzied attack’ on former partner

Patrick O’Rourke apologised “sincerely and unconditionally” to ex-partner Donna Foster in court, after repeatedly stabbing her when she tried to leave him. On trial for attempted murder, O’Rourke was also charged with assaulting a minor at the same time. He was sentenced to nine years for attempted murder and 3 ½ years for assault, to be served concurrently. Sentencing was backdated to when O’Rourke went into custody.

 

Brave victim ‘wants to move on’ after partner jailed for stab attack | December 3, 2016

 Donna Foster, who survived a vicious attempted murder attack perpetrated by her ex-partner, has said she just wants to move on now. Patrick O’Rourke was jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to repeatedly stabbing Foster in an extremely serious attack that left her in fear for her life. The attack was precipitated by Foster telling O’Rourke she was leaving him after a fifteen-year relationship.

(October – December 2016)

 

Convicted murderer ‘at large’ in Ireland claimed he couldn’t return to UK because of Brexit | December 6, 2016 October 14, 2016

 A convicted murderer who failed to return to prison after temporary release in June 2010 has been re-arrested following an extradition order. Robert Donovan was taken in by Gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant granted by UK authorities in November 2014. The court heard that Donovan cited ‘lack of protection’ of his human rights in light of Brexit as his reason for not returning; an issue the judge deemed to be ‘truly wild speculation’.

 

Convicted murdered ‘at large’ in Ireland may be extradited back to UK | October 12, 2016

 Convicted murderer Robert Donovan, who is said to have been ‘at large’ in Waterford since absconding from temporary prison release in the UK, has been arrested by Gardaí and is awaiting judgement on his possible extradition back to England. Donovan, who had been serving a life sentence for stabbing a man to death on a London bridge in 1974, has been unlawfully at large since June 2010 after failing to return to prison as ordered.

(December 2016)

 

Sentencing of internet café manager on manslaughter charge adjourned | December 9, 2016

Zhen Dong Zhao, an internet café manager who kicked a customer to death outside his premises, has had his sentencing hearing adjourned. In a loss of control lasting just 7-10 seconds, Zhao kicked a customer to death following an argument over a phone call costing 70 cents, the sentence hearing heard

 

Café manager kicked customer to death in just 10 seconds after 70c phone call row | December 10, 2016

 Internet café manager, Zhen Dong Zhao, kicked a customer to death in just 10 seconds after a row over a phone call costing 70 cents, the Central Criminal Court heard. Zhao had been serving a life sentence for murder, which was overturned in the ordered retrial. Zhao pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder; the plea was accepted by the State.

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(December 2016)

 

Man shot himself in leg during shooting incident, court told | December 1, 2016

 A man shot himself in the leg whilst escaping from the scene of a shooting in a carpark outside of a church, the Central Criminal Court heard. James Walsh pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a pistol firearm and the intent to endanger life.

 

James Walsh shot himself during shooting incident in Dublin, court hears | December 1, 2016

The Central Criminal Court has heard that James Walsh, must have also shot himself in the leg on escaping from the scene. Walsh pleaded guilty to possessing a pistol with intent to endanger life, with the prosecution counsel accepting this plea in lieu of pressing for a charge of attempted murder. Walsh already has previous convictions for firearm possession which means he must receive a minimum ten-year sentence.

 

Man who shot himself in leg while escaping scene of shooting is jailed | December 21, 2016

Gunman James Walsh received a sentence of ten years’ imprisonment for a shooting in a church carpark. A victim had two gun wounds, which Mr Justice McCarthy stated was important to emphasise as evidence. Walsh is said to have also shot himself in the leg during his escape from the scene of the shooting.

 

Gunman who shot himself in leg whilst escaping from scene of shooting is jailed for ten years | December 21, 2016

James Walsh has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to his involvement in a shooting. He has been charged with the possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Walsh shot himself in the leg whilst fleeing the scene.

 

(December 2016)

 

Son stabbed mother to death with a kitchen knife, jury told | December 5, 2016

 A jury were informed that a man, Fionn Braidwood, fatally stabbed his mother at their home in Dun Laoghaire. Braidwood allegedly stabbed his mother, a retired psychiatrist, to death using a kitchen knife, before punching his sister who had witnessed the attack. The jury is being asked to consider a not guilty verdict, based on reasons of insanity.

 

Man stabbed retired psychiatrist mother to death ‘after she advised him not to travel to Australia’ – court hears | December 5, 2016

 The jury at the trial of Fionn Braidwood (32), accused of stabbing his mother to death, heard from the defence counsel that much of the evidence in the case was not contested. The verdict depended on whether Braidwood, who pleaded not guilty, would be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Braidwood has a history of mental illness and had been off his medication and refusing professional help for some time before the assault which led to his mother’s death.

 

Man accused of stabbing mother to death was ‘unable to refrain from his actions’ | December 5, 2016

 Fionn Braidwood (32), has been accused of the murder of his mother and the assault of two witnesses in January 2015. Witness Anthony Maguire gave evidence, stating that he heard Braidwood’s sister calling for help and went to investigate. Braidwood, who has a history of schizophrenia and other mental health issues, punched Maguire in the head, having already fatally stabbed his mother and punched his sister. The jury were asked to give a not guilty verdict due to reasons of insanity.

 

Man who stabbed mother to death found not guilty by reason of insanity | December 6, 2016

 A 32-year old man from Dun Laoghaire has been found not guilty of the murder of his mother by the Central Criminal Court. The man stabbed his mother to death using a kitchen knife, but the court was told he was incapable of refraining from his actions due to reason of insanity.

 

Man (32) who stabbed mother to death with kitchen knife found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity | December 6, 2016

 Fionn Braidwood (32) has been found not guilty of the murder of his mother and the assault of two other witnesses, due to a special reason of insanity. Two psychiatrists who gave evidence agreed that Braidwood met requirements for this special insanity verdict. Braidwood, who has a history of mental illness, was committed to the Central Mental Hospital to await psychiatric assessment.

 

Irishman who stabbed his mum to death found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity | December 6, 2016

 Fionn Braidwood (32) has been found not guilty of the murder of his mother, Jane Braidwood (65), by reason of insanity. Braidwood stabbed his mother three times in the chest before attacking his sister and a passer-by. A long history of mental illness and recent refusal to take medication, combined with testimony from two psychiatrists, was enough to convince the jury that Braidwood was incapable of refraining from his actions.

 

Son not guilty of mother’s murder by reason of insanity | December 7, 2016

 32-year old Fionn Braidwood has been found not guilty of murdering his mother, whom he stabbed to death, by reason of insanity. Braidwood, who pleaded not guilty, was committed to the Central Mental Hospital to await psychiatric testing before reappearing in court on December 16. The jury deliberated for just 32 minutes, before returning the special verdict of not guilty due to insanity.

 

Man who stabbed mother to death committed to Central Mental Hospital | December 16, 2016

 Fionn Braidwood, aged 32, has been found not guilty after stabbing his mother to death with a kitchen knife at their home in Dun Laoghaire in January 2015. The jury returned the special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity and Braidwood was committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Man who stabbed mother to death with kitchen knife found not guilty by reason of insanity| December 16, 2016

Fionn Braidwood, accused of the murder of his mother and two further assaults, was found not guilty by reason of insanity after the court heard evidence from two psychiatrists. Braidwood was committed to Central Mental Hospital shortly after the incident, where he remains in treatment as an in-patient. It is reported that he has responded to treatment but will remain on medication for the foreseeable future.

(December 2016)

 

‘Not allowed to kiss away his pain’: Dale Creighton’s mother has statement read to court | December 21, 2016

 The mother of 20-year old Dale Creighton, who died of injuries after being attacked on a Tallaght footbridge in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2014, had her emotional victim impact statement read to the court. In her statement, Rhoda Smith said she was now living in “fear and twisted paranoia” and that she would never come to an understanding of the circumstances under which her son died. Seven individuals were originally charged with the murder of Creighton, although pleas for lesser charges were accepted by the court.

 

Dale Creighton’s mother says she will never forgive his attackers | December 21, 2016

The mother of 20-year old Dale Creighton, who died after being attacked on a Tallaght footbridge, has publicly announced that she will never forgive his attackers. Seven individuals were accused of being responsible for Creighton’s death, which occurred in January 2014.

 

LEFT UNRECOGNISABLE Dale Creighton’s mum says her son’s death after attack will haunt her forever | December 21, 2016

The mother of a young man who was brutally killed in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2014 has stated that the attack will haunt her forever. Dale Creighton was assaulted on a Tallaght footbridge by seven individuals, later dying from blunt force trauma to the head and face, after ringing in the New Year. Rhoda Smith, the victim’s mother, had a moving victim impact speech read on her behalf to the court.

 

‘A part of us died too…a mother’s worst nightmare’ – Murdered man’s mum says she will never forgive those responsible for his death | December 21, 2016

 The Central Criminal Court has heard victim impact statements from the parents of Dale Creighton, who was killed on a Tallaght footbridge in the early hours of January 1, 2014. The court heard about Dale’s close relationship with his family and the plans he was making for the future. Dale’s mother spoke of the impact not only of his death but of the two independent autopsies ordered by the defence, which took away any last chance of holding or kissing her son.

 

Parents of Tallaght victim ‘can never forgive’ | December 22, 2016

The parents of Dale Creighton, who was assaulted and murdered on a footbridge in Tallaght, issued victim impact statements to the court saying they could “never forgive” the seven attackers. One woman and six men were initially charged with murder but all had pleas accepted in court for lesser charges. The distraught family chose to donate Creighton’s organs to give others a chance of life.

 

 

2015 Cases

 

(February 2015)

 

‘Knuckle’ star Michael McDonagh gets life sentence for murdering his wife in an assault that lasted “one hour and twenty minutes” in their home | February 2, 2015

On February 2 2015 Michael McDonagh pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife Jacqueline McDonagh. The Central Criminal Court heard how the mother of three was “brutally beaten to death” by her husband of fifteen years on August 29 2012, despite several unsuccessful attempts to call her father.

 

Bare-knuckle boxer Michael McDonagh beat wife to death in an 80-minute attack | February 10, 2015

Michael McDonagh was described as a “domineering and controlling man” but despite his “unpredictable violent behaviour”, the court was told how Jacqueline McDonagh would always return to her violent husband because he threatened to hurt her family. Mr McDonagh was given a life sentence backdated to September 1, 2012.

 

(February – March 2015)

 

Man attacked with ‘part of a concrete block’ | February 11, 2015

William Moran of Waterford City has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Martin Brophy who was found with severe head injuries and a large pool of blood around his head at the old Waterford Institute of Technology building between May 19 and May 21, 2012. Mr Moran allegedly told a friend on Facebook how he “beat” Mr Brophy “to death with a lock, and gave him the American History X job”, the court heard.

 

Waterford man gets life sentence after being found guilty of murder | March 19, 2015 

William Moran was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for murdering Martin Brophy in 2012. Martin Brophy’s family were in tears as the jury after eight hours and 38 minutes delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty. The trial which lasted five weeks found that Mr Brophy died of blunt force trauma to the head.

 

(February – April 2015)

 

‘I was in a rage. It was a stupid mistake’ – man on trial for murder told the gardai | February 12, 2015

Kevin Moran (30) of Cootehill, Co Cavan, was charged with the murder of archaeologist Emmet Connolly (32) on September 29, 2013. Moran denied the charge, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Moran claimed a fight had broken out and he stabbed Connolly in a “rage”, the jury heard, following a drink fuelled argument between the two men.

 

Jury sent home in Kevin Moran murder trial | February 13, 2015

The jury in the trial of Kevin Moran (30) of Lodgeview, Cootehill, Co Cavan, has been sent home for the weekend. Moran denies the murder of Emmet Connolly (32) but admits the lesser charge of manslaughter. It is reported that Connolly died after sustaining 17 stab wounds. The jury is to return at 11am on Monday.

 

Man found guilty of manslaughter of archaeologist after stabbing him to death in ‘drink fuelled argument’ | February 16, 2015

The jury in the trial of a Dublin man for the murder of archaeologist Emmett Connolly (32) has reached a not-guilty verdict, instead finding Kevin Moran of Lodgeville (30), Cootehill, Co Cavan, guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Moran will be remanded in custody until he is sentenced on March 9.

 

Man found guilty of manslaughter of Emmett Connolly | February 16, 2015

Kevin Moran of Cootehill, Co Cavan (originally from Shankhill, Dublin), was charged with the murder of Emmet Connolly (32) on September 29, 2013. Moran pleaded not guilty to the charge, admitting instead the lesser charge of manslaughter, of which he was found guilty by a majority verdict of the jury of 10-2.

 

Guilty of manslaughter – face of man who stabbed friend 17 times in drunken rage | February 17, 2015

Dubliner Kevin Moran (30) had admitted to stabbing Emmet Connolly (32), in a “rage”, following a drink fuelled argument in Co Cavan, on September 29, 2013. He denied the charge of murder, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Emmet Connolly, who had only recently returned to Ireland from Australia, had been socialising in Co Cavan on the night of his death. He was reportedly stabbed 17 times following an altercation with Moran.

 

Guilty of manslaughter, man who stabbed friend 17 times in drunken rage | February 17, 2015

A Dublin man has been found guilty of stabbing Emmet Connolly 17 times in a drunken argument. Kevin Moran (30) of Lodge View, Cootehill, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the 32-year-old archaeologist, who was socialising in Co Cavan following his return from Australia. Moran denied the charge of murder. A jury of five women and seven men found Moran guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. His sentencing is to take place on March 9, 2015.

 

Father of archaeologist Emmett Connolly: ‘Gardai told us our son had died violently…that was when our journey into hell began’ | March 9, 2015

The father of Emmet Connolly (32), who is reported to have been stabbed 17 times following a drunken altercation with Kevin Moran (30), spoke at the Central Criminal Court on March 9, 2015 as Moran appeared for sentencing. Mr Connolly, in a statement read out to the Court, said that his family had gone from a “functional family” to “a broken entity on a journey to hell”. Moran denied murder, instead pleading to the lesser charge of manslaughter of which he was found guilty.

 

Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter of archaeologist he stabbed 17 times | April 13, 2015

A Dublin man found guilty of the manslaughter of archaeologist Emmet Connolly (32) has been sentenced to 12-years imprisonment. Kevin Moran (30), who pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter but not guilty to murder, is reported to have stabbed Connolly 17 times following a drunken altercation on September 28, 2013.

 

(March 2015)

Man to be sentenced for killing girlfriend | March 24, 2015

Ray Gralton a 23-year-old “accomplished boxer” charged with the murder of Sara Staunton (28) a mother of two has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  Detective Sargent Gary Walsh told the court “It was a turbulent relationship and there had been instances of domestic violence during the course of the year”.

 

(April – May 2015)

 

Man found on Louth beach possibly died from axe to the head | April 22, 2015

Marius Gaizutis (52) was charged with murdering Audrius Butkus (44) at Marsh Road, Drogheda, Co Louth onSeptember 9 or 10, 2013. Co-accused Aviers Sonders (53) was charged with three counts of assisting an offender. Mr Gaizutis pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter and Mr Sonders has pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

 

Murder trial to continue with only one defendant | April 27, 2015

A jury was told by a judge that she had decided to proceed with the case involving the murder of Audrius Butkus but with only one defendant. This is despite the fact that the trial had begun the previous week with two defendants.

 

Jury in trial of alleged Co Louth axe-murderer begin deliberations | April 30, 2015

Prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Gageby SC informed the court that the post mortem performed on Mr Butkus’s body after it was discovered on Mornington Beach face down in the sand, showed he was the “victim of a very serious assault by an axe which broke his skull in a number of cases.”

 

Man found guilty of axe murder on beach | May 1, 2015

Mr Gaizutis was found guilty of murdering Audrius Butkus by the Central Criminal Court jury. It was a unanimous verdict from the jury of four women and eight men who deliberated for two hours and forty minutes.

 

Jury finds man (52) guilty of Drogheda axe murder | May 1, 2015

Father of five Marius Gaizutis was found guilty of the axe murder of Audrius Butkus, who was found dead on a Meath beach in September 2013.

 

Life sentence for axe murder of a man found on beach | May 20, 2015

A life sentence has been handed down to Marius Gaizutis after he was found guilty of murdering Lithuanian Audrius Butkus with an axe.

 

(May 2015)

 

Irish citizen will not be extradited to the United States for terrorism related offences | May 21, 2015 

The High Court refused to order the extradition of an Algerian-born Irish citizen, Ali Charaf Damache. The 50-year-old is wanted in the United States in relation to the conspiracy to supply material support for terrorists, as well as attempted identity theft in order to fulfil an act of international terrorism.

 

US extradition request for Algerian-born Irish citizen refused | May 22, 2015

50-year-old Ali Charaf Damache has lived in Ireland for 10 years. If he had been convicted in the US, he could have faced up to 45 years in jail which is “a lot more” than would be imposed in Ireland. The conditions of detention in which it is alleged Mr Damache would be held were also a main point of objection. He was discharged and walked out of the High Court on Friday May 22 2015.

 

(June 2015) 

 

Dave Mahon allowed to go to Spain despite objections from gardai | June 10, 2015

Charged with the murder of his partner’s son 23-year-old Dean Fitzpatrick, David Mahon sought bail in the Central Criminal Court in order to travel to Spain in September 2015 before his trial in April 2016. Mr Mahon was permitted to travel to Spain due to his trial being in April as long as he obeyed all the terms of his bail.

 

(June 2015)

 

Dublin man charged with murdering his uncle | June 17, 2015

David Cully (24) was charged with the murder of his uncle Edward O’Connor (41) on December 15, 2013. Mr Cully pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) did not accept this plea, and the jury were told that they “must decide when Mr Cully took the gun and shot Edward O’Connor in the back twice, did he intend to kill him or cause serious injury”.

 

(June – July 2015)

 

Woman (42) pleads not guilty to murder of 32-year-old man last year | June 22, 2015

Paula Farrell of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Wayne McQuillan on January 1, 2014. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the jury of seven women and five men that the trial is expected to last for two and a half weeks.

 

Woman allegedly stabbed partner four times, murder trial told | June 24, 2015

The jury in the trial of Paula Farrell (42) of Drogheda, Co Louth, has heard allegations that Farrell stabbed her partner four times with a kitchen knife. The court heard that the couple had been in a relationship for a year, with claims by prosecuting counsel that the couple had been intoxicated on the night of the alleged incident. Farrell has entered a not guilty plea to the charge of the murder of Wayne McQuillan (30) at her residence on January 1, 2014.

 

Woman (42) stabbed partner (30) four times with kitchen knife, murder trial told | June 24, 2015

A Co Louth woman has been accused of murdering her partner in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2014.  Paula Farrell is alleged to have stabbed her partner, Wayne McQuillan, four times with a large kitchen knife. Mr Gerard Clark SC for the prosecution told the jury that the couple had been in a relationship for a year and regularly overindulged in drink, particularly on the night in question. It is supposed that an argument broke out at the defendant’s home. Paula Farrell entered a not guilty plea to the charge of murder.

 

Woman allegedly stabbed her partner four times with knife | June 25, 2015

The jury in the trial of Paula Farrell of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda. Co Louth, have heard allegations that the 42-year-old stabbed her partner, Wayne McQuillan (30), four times with a large kitchen knife in the early hours of January 1, 2014. The prosecution allege that an argument took place at the defendant’s property after the couple “overindulged” in alcohol. Farrell pleads not guilty to the charge of murder.

 

Knife-punctured lung was cause of death, court hears as deceased’s partner denies murder charge | July 2, 2015

The Deputy State Pathologist in the trial of Paula Farrell (42) for the alleged murder of her partner, Wayne McQuillan (30), has told the jury that McQuillan’s death was caused by a fatal 18cm stab wound which penetrated his lung. Farrell is accused of murdering McQuillan at her Drogheda, Co Louth property on January 1, 2014. She pleads not guilty to murder.

 

Knife-punctured lung was cause of death, court hears as deceased’s partner denies murder charge | July 2, 2015

The jury in the murder trial of a 42-year-old Louth woman have heard allegations that her 30-year-old partner’s death was caused by a stab wound to his shoulder, which penetrated his lung. Paula Farrell is accused of the murder of Wayne McQuillan at her home on January 1, 2014 following a drunken argument. Farrell pleads not guilty.

 

Murder accused (42) told gardai she ‘stuck knife in her partner during a fight,’ court hears | July 3, 2015

The jury in the murder trial of a Louth woman accused of stabbing her partner in a drunken argument in the early hours of New Years Day, 2014, has heard that the defendant told gardai she “stuck a knife in her partner during a fight”. Paula Farrell (42) pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan at the Central Criminal Court, Dublin. It is alleged that an altercation took place between the couple following an evening of intoxication at the defendant’s property.

 

Woman tells court how she stuck knife into partner during fight | July 4, 2015

Paula Farrell (42), is accused of murdering her partner Wayne McQuillan (30) at her Co Louth home in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2014, following a drunken fight. In a statement read out to the jury by Maurice Coffrey for the prosecution, Farrell is alleged to have admitted stabbing McQuillan twice. Farrell pleads not guilty to the charge of murder.

 

Louth woman accused of murdering her partner to give evidence today | July 7, 2015

Paula Farrell (42), accused of murdering partner Wayne McQuillan (30), is to give evidence at the Central Criminal Court. The prosecution allege that Farrell stabbed McQuillan four times following a drunken argument in the early hours of January 1, 2014. Farrell pleads not guilty to the charge.

 

Woman accused of murdering her partner says she was ‘scared’ after attempted rape | July 8, 2015

The jury in the trial of 42-year-old Paula Farrell, who is charged with the murder of her partner Wayne McQuillan (32), heard that an ambulance was not called following the alleged stabbing. The Co Louth defendant stated that she had been “scared for her life” when the deceased began “strangling” her before she took a knife and stabbed him. Farrell pleads not guilty to the charge of murder, alleging that the deceased tried to rape her on the night in question.

 

Alcohol influenced behaviour on night of killing says forensic psychiatrist | July 13, 2015

An expert in the trial of Paula Farrell (42), for the murder of Wayne McQuillan (30), has testified that alcoholic intoxication was a primary factor in the incident. Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Sally Linehan told the Central Criminal Court that, in her opinion, mental disorder did not play a significant role in the alleged incident, but rather alcoholic intoxication.

 

Woman charged with murder ‘had capacity to form intent’ | July 13, 2015

Dr Sally Linehan, consultant forensic psychiatrist, told the Central Criminal court that the defendant had capacity to form intent during the alleged incident. Paula Farrell (42), pleads not guilty to the murder of her 30-year-old partner Wayne McQuillan at her property on January 1, 2014.  Acknowledging that Farrell met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, Dr Linehan contended that Farrell knew what she was doing on the night in question.

 

Jury deliberating in trial of Louth woman charged with murdering her partner | July 16, 2015

The jury in the trial of Paula Farrell (42) of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, for the alleged murder of Wayne McQuillan are due to begin deliberating their verdict. Farrell is charged with stabbing her 30-year-old partner during a drink-fuelled argument at her property in the early hours of January 1, 2014. Farrell pleads not guilty to the charge.

 

Louth woman found guilty of murdering partner | July 17, 2015

Paula Farrell (42), was found guilty of the murder of partner, 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan, by a jury of seven women and four men returning a unanimous guilty verdict. The deceased’s sister, Audrey McQuillan, stated in her victim impact report that her brother’s death at the hands of Farrell, who “should have loved and protected him”, will forever haunt her parents.

 

Family speak out as woman jailed for life for murder of partner: ‘She took Wayne’s future and our future too’ | July 17, 2015

The family of Wayne McQuillan (30), have spoken out against the woman found guilty of his murder; 42-year-old Paula Farrell of Co Louth. Following the handing down of a life sentence to Farrell, McQuillan’s sister Audrey read out a victim impact report on behalf of her parents. She told the court of her family’s pain in knowing that her brother was killed by someone who should have loved and protected him.

 

‘She took Wayne’s future and our future too’ – Family’s powerful statement after woman (42) jailed for life for murder of partner | July 17, 2015

The sister of Wayne McQuillan read out a victim impact report on behalf of her parents, telling the court of the pain caused to her family “by someone who should have loved and protected him”. McQuillan’s partner, Paula Farrell, some 12 years his senior, was found guilty of his murder by a jury of seven women and four men following a 3-hour 27-minute deliberation at the Central Criminal Court. She was sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

‘Our family is forever broken’ – Life sentence for mum who killed partner with kitchen knife | July 18, 2015

The family of a Drogheda man stabbed to death by his partner have said they are “forever broken”. Paula Farrell, mother of three, received a life sentence after a jury found her guilty of the murder of Wayne Mcquillan (30). In a victim impact report read out to the court, the deceased’s sister, Audrey McQuillan told the court of her family’s pain knowing how her brother spent his last moments in pain and without comfort.

 

(July 2015)

 

Shankill man on trial accused of murder | July 21, 2015

The jury in the trial of Dublin born Wayne Kennedy (34), for the murder of David Spain (26) has been sworn in. Kennedy, of Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, Co Dublin, is charged with murdering Spain on December 26, 2013.  He also faces the charge of intentionally or recklessly causing harm to Sean Turner (24) on the same date.

 

Returning emigrant murdered after man brought knife to ‘straightener’ fight over €50, court hears | July 23, 2015

The jury in the trial of a Dublin man accused of murder, has heard that David Spain (26) was stabbed following an altercation over a €50 debt. Wayne Kennedy of Shankill, Co Dublin, is charged with the murder of Spain on December 26, 2013, as well as intentionally or recklessly causing harm to Sean Turner (24) on the same date.

 

Wayne Kennedy charged with murdering man and stabbing boxer over €50 debt | July 24, 2015

A Shankill man has been charged with stabbing David Spain (26) following a fight over a €50 debt. Wayne Kennedy (34) of Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, Co Dublin, is also accused of intentionally or recklessly causing harm to professional boxer Sean Turner (24) on the same date. Kennedy pleaded not guilty to both charges.

 

Pal stabbed to death in row over boxer’s €50 debt, court told | July 24, 2015

Wayne Kennedy (34) of Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, Co Dublin, is charged with the murder of David Spain (26), as well as intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Sean Turner (24) on December 26, 2013, following a fight over a €50 debt. Kennedy pleaded not guilty to both charges at the Central Criminal Court.

 

Knife missing from home of stabbing accused | July 24, 2015

The jury in the trial of a Dublin man accused of the murder of David Spain (26), has heard that a knife was missing from a knife block at the home of the defendant. Wayne Kennedy has also been charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to professional boxer Sean Turner (24). Kennedy pleaded not guilty to both charges at the Central Criminal Court.

 

Professional boxer: I was drunk and high when I saw pal die | July 24, 2015

Professional boxer Sean Turner (24) admitted he was intoxicated in the lead up to the murder of friend David Spain. Wayne Kennedy (34) is accused of murdering Spain and intentionally or recklessly causing serious injury to Turner, following a fight over a debt allegedly owed to the accused. Kennedy pleaded not guilty to both charges.

 

Professional boxer was ‘drunk and high’ when he threw rock at head of murder accused | July 24, 2015

Sean Turner told the court that he was intoxicated when he threw a rock at the head of the accused, during the fight alleged to have led to the death of David Spain. Kennedy is suspected to have brought a knife to the meeting, reportedly culminating in Spain’s murder and Turner’s serious injury. Wayne Kennedy pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

South Dublin murder trial hears accused allegedly sent text to friend saying: ‘I think I murdered someone’ | July 27, 2015

The jury in the murder trial of Dubliner Wayne Kennedy has heard that the accused reportedly sent a text saying: “I think I murdered someone last night” following the alleged incident. Mark McGovern (a friend of Kennedy’s) had received the text at 5.34am on December 26, 2013. Kennedy pleads not guilty to the murder of David Spain and intentional harm of Sean Turner.

 

Dublin man accused of murder thought meeting was ‘one-on-one fight’ | July 30, 2015

A Dublin man accused of the murder of David Spain (26) told the gardai he believed he was meeting Spain’s friend Sean Turner for a “one on one fight”. The Central Criminal Court heard that a fight was allegedly sparked by Kennedy’s allegations that Turner owed him money. Wayne Kennedy of Shankill, Co Dublin, is charged with the murder of David Spain on December 26, 2013 as well as intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Sean Turner (24). Kennedy pleads not guilty to both charges.

 

(July – August 2015)

 

Italian man has admitted killing his landlord and eating body parts, jury hears | July 30, 2015

Saverio Bellante (36) was charged with murdering Thomas O’Gorman between January 11, 2014 and January 12, 2014 at Mr Bellante’s address at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin. Mr Bellante pleaded not guilty.

 

Man who admitted killing journalist Tom O’Gorman and consuming organ stopped medication after attending Dublin clinic, court told | July 30, 2015

The jury at the Central Criminal Court heard that Saverio Bellante admitted killing his landlord in 2014 and said he ate what he believed to be part of the deceased’s heart in an interview with the gardai.

 

Saverio Bellante admits killing landlord and eating parts of body

Italian Saverio Bellante fulfils the criteria for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, two consultant psychiatrists have told murder trial jury. 

 

Saverio Bellante found not guilty of the murder of Tom O’Gorman by reason of insanity | July 31, 2015

Saverio Bellante has been found not guilty by reason of insanity by a jury of seven men and five women. Mr Bellante admitted to killing his landlord and eating his body parts in January 2014.  The court heard that Bellante had previously been taking anti-psychotic medication but it was stopped after attending an out-patient appointment at the Dublin clinic. 

 

Italian who ate the ‘heart’ of landlord is cleared of murder | August 1, 2015

The accused Saverio Bellante, rented a room in Castleknock from the deceased Thomas O’Gorman. Things took a turn for the worst during a game of chess and a 999 phone call was made at 1.50am on January 11, 2014 by Mr Bellante where he  said he had killed Mr O’Gorman with a dumbbell and a knife.   

 

Tom O’Gorman remembered as “the least violent man one could imagine” | August 12, 2015

Sister of Tom O’Gorman, Catherine O’Gorman told the court that her brother was “the least violent man one could imagine” who ultimately faced “appalling violence”.

Registered medical practitioner and consultant psychiatrist Dr Damian Mohan explained that Mr Bellante no longer believes he was compelled by external forces to kill Mr O’Gorman. He now knows it was as a result of a “delusional or false belief”.

 

Devastated family of landlord eaten by his killer pays tribute to ‘gentle, honest and unfailing loyal’ loved one | August 12, 2015

The sister of a landlord killed and eaten by his tenant Saverio Bellante paid tribute to her ‘gentle, honest and unfailing loyal’ loved one. Ms O’Gorman said that for the family, the most enduring experience was the “unending loss” of their brother Tom, and that since their brother’s death she and her other brother Paul have felt “absolute devastation”.

 

(October 2015)

 

Trial of man accused of murdering former rugby captain (62) in south Dublin home begins | October 6, 2015 
The trial of Gary Walsh (32), accused of the murder of a former Dublin rugby captain has commenced at the Central Criminal Court. Walsh pleaded not guilty to murder. His plea of guilty to manslaughter was not accepted by the State.

 

Witnesses give testimonies in trial of man accused of murdering former rugby player | October 8, 2015 
Two witnesses have given testimonies in the trial of Gary Walsh (32), accused of murdering Cathal Sweeney on February 8th 2014. Taxi driver Michael McGuinness and friend of the deceased Mr Colm Campbell provided testimony to the court. Defence counsel put it to Campbell that his testimony was fabricated, an allegation refuted by Campbell.

 

Man accused of murdering former rugby player told gardai he arrived at flat in ‘an assaulted state’ | October 10, 2015 
Testimonies from the gardai in the murder trial of Gary Walsh have revealed that Walsh stated that the deceased Sweeney had arrived at the flat where the incident took place already in “an assaulted state”. Walsh claimed to Gda Stephen Pendred that Sweeney “dropped unconscious” after entering the Dublin flat.

 

Former rugby captain died from blunt force trauma to his head and face, murder trial hears | October 13, 2015 
Severe blunt force trauma to the face and head has been revealed as the cause of death of Cathal Sweeney in the murder trial of Gary Walsh. Walsh has pleaded not guilty to murder, with a plea of guilty to manslaughter not accepted by the State. The court heard that the principle injuries were most likely caused by heavy punches.

 

Jury to begin deliberations tomorrow in trial of 32-year-old man charged with murdering former rugby club captain | October 14, 2015 
The jury have been charged in the trial of Gary Walsh, accused of murdering former rugby captain Cathal Sweeney in February 2014. The eight men and four women of the jury began deliberations on October 15th, having been reminded by the judge that any reasonable doubt must favour the accused.

 

Trial of man charged with murder of former rugby captain fails to reach verdict | October 16, 2015 
The jury have failed to reach a verdict after deliberations in the trial of Gary Walsh, accused of murdering former Dublin rugby captain Cathal Sweeney. The jury foreman stated at least ten jurors were unable to agree and this was unlikely to change. A new trial will begin on April 24th 2017 with a new jury.

 

(October 2015)

 

Limerick man jailed for manslaughter after murder conviction is quashed | October 12, 2015 
A murder conviction against Limerick man Kevin Coughlan (33) was quashed in favour of a verdict of manslaughter at the Court of Appeal after judges found the original trial to have been unsatisfactory. The mandatory life sentence was reduced to eleven years with three years suspended in light of “crucial” evidence from a Dr Jaber regarding cause of death that was not notified to the defence in advance as appropriate.

 

Limerick man jailed for manslaughter after murder conviction is quashed | October 12, 2015 

The Court of Appeal ruled that the conviction of Kevin Coughlan (33) for murder be quashed in light of “exceptional circumstances”. Coughlan was re-sentenced to eleven years with three suspended for manslaughter, including credit for his period of custody from June 10th 2010.

 

Limerick man jailed for manslaughter after murder conviction is quashed | October 12, 2015 

Limerick man Kevin Coughlan (33) has had his conviction for murder overturned at the Court of Appeal. Coughlan is now serving eleven years with three suspended for the new charge of manslaughter, with credit for time served. The decision was made due to “unsatisfactory” evidence from the Deputy State Pathologist during the original trial.