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Anne Colomines lay dead on a bloodied floor beside her husband Renato Gehlen, who had a knife sticking from his chest, when members of the Dublin Fire Brigade entered their bedroom, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

In the bedroom, fire officers saw a Stanley knife near the skirting board and blood on the bedroom floor and walls. The knife that was lodged in Mr Gehlen’s chest was not deep and fell out as he was being moved downstairs, the court heard.

Mr Gehlen (39), a Brazilian national, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his 37-year-old French wife at the apartment they ….read more

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Teenage complainant denies she was 'running away from home' on night of alleged attack

Central Criminal Court

By Sonya McClean & Brion Hoban

A teenager who alleges she was raped by a man who invited her to his home denied she was “running away from home” on the night, a jury has heard.

The 41-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to a charge of rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment in a Dublin suburb on August 21, 2017. The complainant was 15 years old at the time of the alleged rape.

The now 19-year-old, who gave evidence via video link, told the trial previously that she had snook ….read more


Grandfather allowed home to be used by Kinahan assassin

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Stephen Fowler. Photo: Collins)

A grandfather whose son was murdered over a drug feud offered his home as an overnight safe-house to a Kinahan Cartel assassin, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Stephen Fowler (62) pleaded guilty on Tuesday at the non-jury court to his participation in the attempted murder of Kinahan Cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately, a member of the rival Hutch gang, when Gately was living in Belfast in April 2017.

Less than a month later, in May 2017, Gately survived a second assassination attempt on his life when he was parked at the Topaz petrol station in Clonshaugh in ….read more

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Man jailed for abuse of niece as teen

Central Criminal Court

A man has received a six-month prison sentence for two indecent assaults on his younger niece committed when he was a teenager.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, was aged between 14 and 17 when he carried out the assaults on his niece, who was aged from six to eight.

The two incidents took place on unknown dates sometime between early 1976 and late 1979. In sentencing the now 59 year old man, Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty noted that the maximum penalty for the offences at that time was two years and this is ….read more

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Husband sent warning message to wife's new man, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of murdering his wife discovered that she was seeing another man and sent him a message warning him “not to ever go near” her again, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The court heard from work colleagues and friends of the deceased Anne Colomines, who said that in the months before she died she had started a new relationship with a man she met during a holiday in France. They told the court that Ms Colomines wanted to divorce her husband and have a “fresh start”.

Ms Colomines, a 37-year-old French national who worked for Paypal, was found dead ….read more

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