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A man dressed in women’s clothes asked two teenage boys for directions to a pigeon club where a man was shot 18 times with a sub-machine gun.

The teens gave evidence in the trial of Christopher McDonald (34) from the East Wall area of Dublin.

It is the State’s case that the man dressed as a woman was the accused on his way to the Pigeon Club where Keith Walker was shot.

Mr McDonald has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 36-year-old Mr Walker at Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club on Shelerin Road in Clonsilla on June 12, 2015. He is on ….read more

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Deceased pleaded with murder accused, former partner tells trial

Central Criminal Court

The former partner of a man, charged with murder, has told his trial that the deceased pleaded with him after the accused fired the first of two shots at him.

Laura Dempsey had earlier left the witness box during her evidence to the Central Criminal Court, saying: ‘I can’t do this, sorry’.

She was testifying in the trial of 33-year-old Seán Ducque, who is charged with murdering a man in Dublin City in 2014.

The father of one, of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Kieran Farrelly (33) on 26th October 2014 at Killarney Court, Killarney Street.

However, as his trial ….read more

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Robber swiped USB keys from garda station while being questioned

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man stole two USB keys from a garda station while being interviewed about a robbery he had committed earlier that day, a court has heard.

Dubliner Jason Kennedy (45) was captured on footage putting the USB keys in his pocket when the garda questioning him stepped out of the interview room to speak to a colleague.

Kennedy, of Butlers Place, Benson Street, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Park Pharmacy, Cabinteely and stealing two USB keys at Shankill Garda station on August 18, 2016. He has 43 previous convictions.

The court heard Kennedy, who has 43 previous convictions, ….read more

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“Keystone Cops”: garda decisions at Jobstown protest “unwise and inappropriate”, defence say

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Councillor Michael Murphy. Credit: Collins)

The trial of six men accused of falsely imprisoning the former Tánaiste Joan Burton has heard that the root cause of an escalation in the protest had to be “laid firmly at the door of gardaí”.

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy (34) and five other men have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

In his closing arguments to the jury Raymond Comyn SC, defending Councillor Michael Murphy, questioned why gardaí ….read more

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Community service likely for Lithuanian man caught with “card trapping” equipment

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Lithuanian man caught in possession of “card trapping” equipment intended for use in thefts from ATMs may receive 240 hours community service in lieu of a prison sentence.

Vytautas Tarasevicius (40) was also found to have images of ATM machines on his iPhone.

Tarasevicius, of Jugback Green, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of card trapping equipment with the intention that it be used in connection with a theft in Howth on March 1, 2016. He has seven previous convictions.

The court heard Tarasevicius was walking along the road with a friend in the early hours when they ….read more

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