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A father who raped his adult special needs daughter while her mother was terminally ill in hospital has been jailed for seven years.

The 66-year-old Munster man, who cannot be identified in order to protect his daughter’s identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the rape and sexual assault of his daughter on two dates during one week in 2016.

Mr Justice Michael White said these offences were “an egregious breach of trust” as the accused man’s daughter was a person with special needs who was incapable of living alone and he had a particular duty of care to her.

He ….read more

Noel Lenihan

Talented runner (38) stabbed to death by former lover (67)

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Noel Lenihan. Credit: Collins)

A talented runner who was stabbed to death by a family friend had spent his youth protecting his younger siblings, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Christopher McGrath’s (38) family wept in court today as his sisters remembered how he had protected them from their mother as he “took the brunt” of her “fierce temper”.

The court heard that Mr McGrath had previously been in an intimate relationship with his killer; 67-year-old martial arts instructor Noel Lenihan (67). The court also heard that Mr McGrath made for Lenihan’s house on the night of his death after he ….read more

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21-year-old who failed to heed "mother's wise counsel" is jailed for killing

Central Criminal Court

A 21-year-old man who stabbed another man to death after failing to listen to the “wise counsel” of his mother to stay at home has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter.

Sentencing Blake Sweeney today at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said there was no need for the defendant to arm himself with a knife and great harm had been done with a young man losing his life.

“His mother’s wiser counsel did not prevail at the time,” noted the judge, adding that she saw her son searching for a knife in the kitchen press after ….read more

Irish High Court

Alleged driver of migrant death trailer is of "modest means", High Court told

High Court

A Northern Irish man, who is alleged to have delivered the trailer in which 39 Vietnamese nationals were found dead last month, is of “modest means”, the High Court heard this morning (Mon).

The court also heard that Eamon Harrison (22) from Mayobridge, Co Down, who is facing 39 counts of manslaughter, will not be seeking bail. Mr Justice Donald Binchy granted an application for Mr Harrison to be have an additional senior counsel represent him.

This morning’s hearing follows on from an earlier court appearance on November 1st after the endorsement of a European Arrest Warrant for Mr Harrison.

On that day, ….read more

Paul Wells Jnr

Body-in-canal accused thought chainsaw had "dog meat" on it

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Paul Wells Junior. Credit: Collins)

A man accused of impeding the investigation into the murder of Kenneth O’Brien told gardai that the chainsaw he disposed of was stained and had a piece of brown meat on it, which he said looked like dog-meat.

The murderer’s son said he was giving a voluntary statement to gardai because he wanted the O’Brien family to get justice and it was “barbaric” they would have to bury him in pieces.

The father-of-one also said he did not know the chainsaw had been used to dismember the victim’s body when he threw the device ….read more

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