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(Pictured: Jonathan Dowdall. Photo: Collins)

Former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall is being assessed for the Witness Protection Program after giving a statement to gardai that implicates others in the murder of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in 2016 as part of the Hutch/Kinahan gang feud.

Dowdall, who last week pleaded guilty to facilitating Mr Byrne’s murder by making a hotel room available for the Hutch gang ahead of the murder, will never again live in Ireland, a garda told the three-judge Special Criminal Court this morning.

Detective Sergeant Patrick O’Toole agreed with Mr Dowdall’s barrister, Michael O’Higgins ….read more

Gerry Hutch

Monk forced to carry out 'fundamental reappraisal' of Regency trial strategy, court hears

Special Criminal Court

Lawyers for Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, who is accused of the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel, have been forced to carry out a “fundamental reappraisal” of their trial strategy after being served with significant new evidence, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The 58-year-old’s trial has now been adjourned at the three-judge court until at least next Monday to allow the defence to consider additional evidence.

Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Hutch, told the non-jury court this afternoon that his client has been in custody for over a year and that he was ….read more

Stephen Silver

Det Gda Colm Horkan accused to go on trial, admits to manslaughter

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Stephen Silver. Photo: Collins)

A jury has been sworn in at the Central Criminal Court for the trial of a man who denies murder but admits to the manslaughter of a detective garda in County Roscommon two years ago.

Today mechanic Stephen Silver appeared in the court, where he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan (49) during the course of his duties in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on June 17, 2020.

However, when the murder charge was read by the registrar to Mr Silver (46) of Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, he replied “not guilty” but ….read more

DART

Teen who caused girl to become trapped under DART gets probation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Eimear Dodd

A teenage boy who pushed his bike at a girl on a Dart station, causing her to fall off the platform and become trapped under a train in a “terrifying” ordeal that was viewed 100 million times online, has been placed under probation supervision for 12 months.

Previously, Judge Martin Nolan said the boy’s behaviour was “prankish” and “irresponsible” but found the it was “highly unlikely” the boy anticipated what had occurred.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm to the girl ….read more

Restored FC

Supreme Court agrees to hear journalistic privilege case

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will, for the first time, decide on a case concerning the interaction between criminal investigations and journalistic privilege after agreeing to hear an appeal against a refusal to allow gardai examine a mobile phone seized from a journalist’s home as part of an investigation into the Strokestown eviction case.

The court agreed to hear the appeal after holding that it raises important issues concerning the laws allowing the authorities obtain warrants to search the homes of journalists and access their equipment and phones.

The High Court had ruled in 2020 that gardai could access calls, texts, ….read more

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