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(Pictured: Mr Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

A Central Criminal Court judge has told the Patrick Quirke jury not to speak to people about the trial which, she said, is “being discussed by just about everyone in the country at this point”.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the six men and six women this morning that they will not hear any evidence today and are not required again until next Wednesday. She added that she is “very conscious” of the level of media coverage the trial has attracted and the pressure that brings.

She reminded the jurors that they decide the case based ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Gardai failed to find assault rifle and millions in drugs during search

Special Criminal Court

Gardai failed to find millions of euro in drugs and an assault rifle stashed in a bed when they carried out a search of a house during a “very fast-moving operation”, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

In her opening address, prosecution counsel Fiona Murphy SC said that the owner of the property later came to clear out the premises and found “what appeared to be a large amount of controlled drugs and a firearm” at the base of a bed.

Michael Brady (54), with an address at Brookfield Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin is charged with possessing €1.5 million worth of cocaine, ….read more

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Drug dealer described stabbing man three times, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A murder accused told gardai that his first attempts to strike the deceased with a knife did not work so he ‘put more effort into it’.

The drug dealer, who stabbed a man to death in broad daylight outside a shopping centre, admitted that he went out with a knife that day to ‘get him’ for allegedly threatening his family and breaking their windows.

The jury in his murder trial was hearing the memos of his interviews being read to the Central Criminal Court today.

Rihards Lavickis (26), originally from Latvia, but with an address at Annaly court, Longford is charged with the ….read more

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Abuser hinted he had killed former partner in effort to keep victim silent

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 65-year-old man suggested he had killed a former partner to ensure the young girl he was sexually abusing would not tell anyone, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the now teenage girl’s anonymity, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six counts of sexual assault on dates from 2009 to 2013.

The court heard the last of these sexual assaults happened in 2013 when the then 10-year-old girl had been on a trip outside the jurisdiction with the man and his current partner. This partner is the girl’s family member.

Detective Garda Ken McGreevy told ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Manager stole from well-known city bar

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman who worked as general manager for a Dublin city centre pub is to be sentenced later for stealing almost €12,000 from her former employers.

Donna McGarry (38) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of theft at Four Dame Lane carried out on dates between October 4 and November 6, 2017.

At a hearing today, Judge Melanie Greally indicated her intention to impose a suspended sentence, in view of what she said were “exceptional circumstances and the very many mitigating factors”.

The court heard that McGarry, of Griffith Hall, Griffith Avenue, Dublin, was under severe financial pressure at ….read more

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