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(Pictured: Ms Sandra Higgins. Credit: Collins)

By Sarah-Jane Murphy

A professionally trained child-minder has gone on trial charged with causing serious harm to a ten-month-old baby.

The child’s mother told the trial of Sandra Higgins (36) that her daughter was “fine” on the morning of March 28, 2012 when she brought her to the defendant’s home.

Ms Higgins of The Beeches, Drumgola Wood, Cavan town, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the baby at her home on March 28, 2012.

Alice Fawsitt SC, prosecuting, told the jury they would hear evidence that when Ms ….read more

Darren Martyn

Hacker who posted fake Murdoch death story on Sun website now a cybercrime fighter, court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Darren Martyn. Credit: Collins)

A hacker who broke into The Sun newspaper’s website and redirected users to a fake story claiming media mogul Rupert Murdoch was dead is now a cybercrime fighter, a court has heard.

Darren Martyn was 19 years old when he, along with others, hacked into the News International website six years ago, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Martyn, described in court as “highly intelligent”, told gardaí he took part in the hacking in retaliation for the UK media company’s involvement in the phone hacking scandal. He was a member of Lulzsec, a part of the Anonymous hacking ….read more

Outside Stock

Girlfriend tells trial she tried to intervene as men stabbed boyfriend to death

Central Criminal Court

A woman has told a murder trial that she tried to intervene while her boyfriend was being stabbed to death by two men.

Sharon Kelly was giving evidence in the trial of two men accused of murdering 31-year-old Shane Murphy at The Grove, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick on April 30, 2015.

Dylan Hayes (22) of The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick and Ger Hogan (33) of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston, Co Limerick, have pleaded not guilty.

Ms Kelly told prosecuting counsel, Paul Burns SC, that she and Mr Murphy had been boyfriend and girlfriend for about three months by the end of April, ….read more

Jobstown Trial

Trial of Jobstown water charge protestors delayed over juror issue

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: L-R Paul Murphy TD, Mr Michael Murphy, Mr Scott Masterson, Mr Frank Donaghy and Mr Ciaran Mahon. Credit: Collins)

The start of the trial of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other men on charges of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton has been delayed due to an issue arising with one juror.

Mr Murphy (34), together with South Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon (39), Michael Murphy (53) and four other men have entered not guilty pleas at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on charges of falsely imprisoning the then Tánaiste and her advisor Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent ….read more

Four Courts dome

€700k in Dubai account yet to be transferred to forestry firm liquidator, High Court hears

High Court

Approximately €700,000 held in a bank account of a Dubai company has not been transferred to the liquidator of a related Irish forestry investment firm which is the subject of a Garda investigation, the High Court has heard.

The liquidator of Irish-registered Arden Forestry Management Mr Declan De Lacy however, remains confident that the monies held in a bank account in Dubai belonging to a UAE registered firm GTD International Ltd will be returned to Ireland in the near future.

Mr De Lacy says the funds in the account belong to Arden, which is involved in investment in Irish forestry.

Last November ….read more

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