Garda Gao

(Pictured: Garda Deming Gao. Credit: Collins)

A Garda who went on sick leave due to alleged bullying and racial abuse he has received from colleagues has won a High Court challenge against a decision by the Garda Commissioner to reclassify his illness.

In his judgement, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said he was satisfied to quash a decision deeming that Garda Deming Gao was suffering from an ordinary illness and not from an injury on duty.

Garda Gao, a Chinese native who is a naturalised Irish citizen, has been a Garda since 2008.

He has been stationed at Dun Laoghaire and Shankill Garda ….read more

Jury room

Hung jury in butcher knife murder retrial

Central Criminal Court

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of Kilkenny man, charged with murdering his nephew’s friend with a butcher’s knife before continuing to drink at a party in his seaside home. He had previously been sentenced to life in prison for murdering him, but this conviction was overturned on appeal.

The six men and six women had been deliberating at the Central Criminal Court since Wednesday on whether Tadhg Butler had murdered fellow Kilkenny man Michael O’Dwyer on 10th January 2014. The 25-year-old died in hospital, hours after receiving a stab wound to his chest at ….read more

Alicja Kalinowska

Psychiatrist to say attempted murder accused was “angry and high on cannabis”, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Victim Ms Alicja Kalinowska. Credit: Collins)

A Polish man who denies trying to murder his partner was angry and high on cannabis when he allegedly assaulted her with a hammer, a psychiatrist will tell his trial.

Another psychiatrist called by the defence has already told the trial that he believes the accused man was probably using cannabis but also had a mental illness and therefore qualifies for a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The prosecution says that he does not qualify for the “special verdict”.

Tomas Gajowniczek (37) of The Ice Rink Apartments, Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8 has pleaded ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Appeal court adjourns to ascertain whether man is suffering from pyromania

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has adjourned the appeal hearing of a man with a “long track record of setting fire to things for no apparent reason” to ascertain whether he suffers from pyromania.

Karl McCarthy (36), with an address at Upper Newcastle, Galway, had pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of criminal damage involving the burning of two cars on consecutive nights in October 2016.

He was sentenced to six years imprisonment by Judge Rory McCabe on March 29, 2017.

McCarthy was due to appeal against the severity of his sentence today in the Court of ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Jury in trial of man accused of butcher knife murder “don’t see any prospect of reaching verdict”

Central Criminal Court

A jury deliberating in the trial of a Kilkenny man, charged with murdering his nephew’s friend, has told the judge that it’s ‘stuck in this ring’ where there’s no prospect of reaching a verdict, but has asked for one more hour to try.

The six men and six women had begun deliberating on Wednesday in the Central Criminal Court trial of Tadhg Butler, who is charged with murdering Michael O’Dwyer on 10th January 2014. The 25-year-old died in hospital, hours after receiving a stab wound to his chest at a party in Mr Butler’s Co Waterford home.

Mr Butler (37) with an ….read more

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