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(Pictured: Ms Norma Phillips. Credit: Collins)

A murder trial jury is being asked to believe that a man stabbed himself during a row with his girlfriend, a prosecution barrister told the Central Criminal Court today.

Denis Vaughan Buckley SC said that the story put forward by the accused woman, Norma Phillips, was “not believable” and he asked the jury to use their common sense and find her guilty.

Ms Phillips (46), with an address on the Phibsboro Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 36-year-old Romanian national Stefan Neanu at her former home in Phibsboro on April 12, ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

17-year sentence for false imprisonment of 11-year-old girl “overly punitive”, appeal lawyers submit

Court of Appeal

A man jailed for falsely imprisoning an 11-year-old girl he “lifted” from a green area next to her hall door has moved to appeal against the severity of his 17 year sentence.

Michael Martin (37), who was living at Shandon Court, Yellow Road, Waterford City when the incident occurred, had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of the girl along the roadside near Oldtown, Cullohill, Co Laois on March 4 2015.

Judge Keenan Johnson sentenced Martin at Portloaise Circuit Criminal Court to 17 years imprisonment with the final four suspended on November 5, 2015.

Martin moved to appeal his sentence today on a number ….read more

Four Courts dome

Disputes involving top solicitors firm resolved, High Court hears

High Court

Two separate High Court disputes involving one of Dublin’s leading solicitors practices have been resolved, the High Court has heard.

In the first of the actions involving KOD Lyons, a firm that specialises in criminal and human rights actions, solicitor Michael Kelleher had brought High Court proceedings against fellow solicitors John O’Doherty and Aine Flynn.

All three had been partners in the firm. However, Mr Kelleher had brought proceedings claiming he had been frozen out of the practice. The claims were denied.

The High Court had previously heard that the partners had come to a realisation that the partnership could no longer ….read more

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Public excluded from court as gardai give evidence anonymously in murder trial

Special Criminal Court

The public was excluded from a Special Criminal Court murder trial today, while members of the Garda National Surveillance Unit gave evidence anonymously.

The three members were giving evidence in the retrial of two Dubliners, charged with murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly almost four years ago.

The 35-year-old was shot dead outside The Huntsman Inn, Gormanstown, Co Meath on March 6, 2013.

Edward McGrath (35), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght and Sharif Kelly (46), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Mr McGrath has also pleaded not guilty to firearms offences on the same occasion.

A third accused, ….read more

Joy Imasogie

Woman denies making up trafficking, prostitution allegations to avoid deportation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Joy Imasogie. Credit: Collins)

A Nigerian woman who said she was trafficked into Ireland and forced to work as a prostitute has denied she made up the allegations to be allowed stay in the country.

The woman has told a jury she underwent a “voodoo process” in her home country during which she swore she would not report the alleged trafficker, Joy Imasogie (40).

She said that once in Ireland she had to have sex with up to ten men a day to pay off a €50,000 “debt” to Ms Imasogie arising from her being brought to Ireland.

Ms Imasogie, of Chapleswood ….read more

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