Yusuf Ali Abdi

(File Picture: Yusif Ali Abdi. Credit: Collins)

A man who spent 16 years in jail for the murder of his infant son has today been found not guilty of the toddler’s murder by reason of insanity after a retrial.

Yusif Ali Abdi was tried before the Central Criminal Court in 2003 for the murder of his son, where a jury rejected his insanity defence and found him guilty of murder by a majority verdict.

He subsequently spent 16 years in jail before his murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal earlier this year after the court heard he had been ….read more

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O'Leary shouted "You are f¨¨king useless" at senior exec, High Court hears

High Court

(Pictured: Ryanair boss Mr Michael O’Leary. Credit: Collins)

Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew has told the High Court that Michael O’Leary roared and shouted at him and said “You are fucking useless” at meetings of the airline’s senior executives.

Mr Bellew said that he was “screamed at” by Mr O’Leary at meetings between Ryanair and the senior executives, known as Zs.

He said that Mr O’Leary had raised serious issues with and was critical of his performance as COO in a note to Mr Bellew in November 2018 and in his annual review in March 2019.

On what was his second day ….read more

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Accused told gardai that transgender escort attacked him with stiletto

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Michelle O’Keeffe

A man accused of assaulting and robbing a transgender escort in an alleged dispute over money told gardai that she attacked him first and swiped at him with a stiletto.

Ben O’Reilly (21) told gardaí that during a struggle over his wallet, he had his hands around the complainant’s neck and punched her twice in the face. He said he was acting in self defence.

Mr O’Reilly, of The Old Mill, Ratoath, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Fernanda de Freitas causing her harm and robbing her of cash and her iPhone at ….read more

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Driver involved in Essex deaths was paid €1K per migrant, court hears

High Court

One of the lorry drivers involved in a suspected conspiracy to traffic human beings into the UK was allegedly paid up to €1,000 per trafficked person, the High Court has heard.

The details emerged during a hearing into the proposed extradition to the UK of Eamon Harrison (23) from Mayobridge, Co Down, who is wanted for his alleged role in transporting a refrigerated trailer in which 39 migrants were found dead in Essex, in October.

British authorities are seeking the surrender of Mr Harrison to face 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and conspiracy to commit human trafficking under ….read more

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11 years for robber who left shopkeeper with life-changing injuries after hammer attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson and Brion Hoban

A robber who attacked a defenceless shopkeeper with a claw hammer leaving him with “life changing” injuries has been jailed for 11 years.

John McKeon (31) and his cousin Daryl McKeon (23) entered Tansey’s newsagents armed with a hammer and screwdriver. John McKeon hit Kevin Tansey three times to the back of the head with the hammer as he tried to escape. He threatened passers-by who tried to help the injured man.

In CCTV footage of the incident Daryl McKeon can be seen stepping over the unconscious body of Mr Tansey in order to try and open ….read more

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