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(Pictured: Mr John Tighe. Credit: Collins)

A father who is on trial accused of murdering his six-month-old son went on to have a second child with the deceased baby’s mother, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

Mr Tighe (40) of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo has pleaded not guilty to murdering his son Joshua Sussbier Tighe at his home on June 1, 2013.

Under cross-examination today, Detective Garda Ken Waldron told defence counsel Desmond Dockery SC that Mr Tighe and Joshua’s mother Natasha Sussbier had a baby girl in October 2015. They are no longer together, he added.

The jury of nine women and ….read more

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Rapist whose murder bid was foiled by damp shotgun cartridges is jailed for 12 years

Central Criminal Court

A convicted rapist has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to murder a Wicklow man in front of his wife and children, failing only because his shotgun cartridges were damp.

Eoghan O’Connell tried to shoot the father of three twice, as his victim was leaving the family home to go to work shortly after 7am. However, the shotgun misfired both times. The victim and his family have since sold their home and left Co Wicklow.

The 29-year-old cancer survivor, of Dargle Heights in Bray, was before the Central Criminal Court today for sentencing. Also a father of three, he ….read more

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Pair who attacked wheelchair user and knocked her to the ground are jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two men who punched a female wheelchair user in the face, kicked her and knocked her to the ground have been jailed.

Darren Rowe (22) and Eoin Greene (23) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mandy Kennedy outside her home at Meadowlands Park, Monkstown, Dublin on November 21, 2017.

Sentencing the men, Judge Karen O’Connor said they acted out of a “misplaced sense of loyalty” to each other, as they were involved in a disagreement with the injured woman’s son at the time.

She described the attack as “gratuitous violence against a vulnerable person in a wheelchair ….read more

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Closing speeches expected in trial of man accused of violent sex attacks

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a man accused of carrying out violent sexual attacks on women in Dublin will hear closing speeches next week.

The trial of Slawomir Gierlowski, which opened on February 22, will conclude next week, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Mr Gierlowski (33) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, denies false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault of two women on dates in 2011, 2015 and false imprisonment and assault of a third woman in 2016 at locations around Clondalkin in south Dublin. The women cannot be named for legal reasons.

Roisin Lacey SC, prosecuting, told the jury of 11 men ….read more

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School “kept in dark” by Christian Brothers over €18m playing fields sale, High Court told

High Court

The board of management of a South Dublin secondary school were “kept in the dark” about plans by the Christian Brothers to sell part of its playing grounds to builders for €18m, the High Court has heard.

The board of management of Clonkeen College, at Deansgrange Co Dublin, have brought proceedings against the congregation of Christian Brothers, which set up the school and are its patrons, aimed at retaining the playing fields for as long as the school remains in operation.

The congregation has opposed the action, and denies the board’s claims that the proposed sale to a developer will adversely affect ….read more

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