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(Pictured: Bernadette Scully. Credit: Collins)

A woman accused of the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter by giving her too much of a sedative, told gardai that she was a ‘demented mother with a screaming child’ that morning.

The voluntary statement was read into evidence today on the fourth day of the trial of 58-year-old Offaly GP Bernadette Scully.

Ms Scully is charged with unlawfully killing 11-year-old Emily Barut at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore. It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on Saturday September 15th, ….read more

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Developer who faked his own kidnapping replaced as executor of late partner’s will

High Court

(Pictured: Kevein McGeever. Credit: Collins)

A former property developer who faked his own kidnapping has been replaced by the High Court as the executor of his late partner’s will.

In a ruling, Ms Justice Marie Baker said she was satisfied to make orders removing Kevin McGeever, otherwise known as Kevin McKeever, as the executor of the estate of the late Ms Siobhan O’Callaghan, who died in November 2013, and replaced him with an independent person, solicitor Mr Jim Trueick.

In her will made in 2006, the late Ms O’Callaghan left cash to a number of others. However, the bulk of her ….read more

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Convicted killer robbed and kicked man with cerebral palsy

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A reforming alcoholic who robbed and kicked a man with cerebral palsy has promised a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court judge that he will not drink over the Christmas period.

Mark McCowen (40), who says he did not know the man was disabled, told Judge Melanie Greally: “I am so disgusted with what I did.” He said he was “really intoxicated” at the time.

He told Judge Greally: “I have cleaned up my act completely.” He said he was no longer drinking and was attending Alcoholic Anonymous. “I am really sorry for what I did,” he said.

McCowen of Knockmore Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded ….read more


“I fucked up, ma”: murder accused

Central Criminal Court

A murder accused told his mother “I fucked up, ma” when he was arrested for stabbing a man over €100 drug debt, a trial at the Central Criminal Court has heard.

William Gilsenan (24), of The Green, Larch Hill, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 17 has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 29-year-old Edward Fitzgerald in a car park outside the accused’s home on October 17, 2014.

His mother Marie Gilsenan today told prosecuting counsel, Orla Crowe SC, that she got a phone call from her son that afternoon. He told her he had a fight with Edward Fitzgerald over €100 ….read more

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Liam Campbell appears before High Court on alleged terrorism and weapons trafficking warrant

High Court

An Irishman wanted for alleged terrorism and the trafficking of weapons from Lithuania to Ireland has been arrested and brought before the High Court.

Liam Campbell (54) was arrested in Upper Faughart, Dundalk Co Louth today on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Lithuanian authorities.

Mr Campbell allegedly organised the preparation for the smuggling in support of the “terrorist grouping” the RIRA, the warrant states.

The offences were allegedly committed between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007.

“While acting in an organised group he made arrangements for illegal possession of a considerable amount of powerful firearms, ammunition, explosive ….read more

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