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(Pictured: Key witness Mr Guilherme Quieroz. Photo: Collins)

A food delivery rider accused of stabbing schoolboy Josh Dunne to death said that he used a knife on the night to defend himself, a key witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

The jury in the trial of George Gonzaga Bento was also shown WhatsApp messages between the accused and witness Mr Guilherme Quieroz on the night of the incident.

Mr Queiroz described the Dublin 3 area as “very dangerous” for delivery riders and confirmed that food delivery workers had a WhatsApp group to communicate with each other about “trouble spots or ….read more

A farmer sacked after his employer sent a private eye to his farm to take pictures of him working after he was injured on the job has been awarded €12,000 for unfair dismissal.

The Workplace Relations Commission has been told that Dawn Meats hired an investigator who spent three days carrying out “covert surveillance” of the man at his home while he was on sick leave in 2020.

A complaint by Aeron James under the Unfair Dismissals Act against Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited, trading as Dawn Meats, has been upheld by the Workplace Relations Commission in a decision made public this ….read more

Patrick Dowdall, who is accused of facilitating the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, has been granted bail after a man entered a surety of €10,000 on his behalf.

The identity of the independent surety cannot be revealed by order of the Special Criminal Court.

This morning Tony McGillicuddy SC, for Mr Dowdall, said that the High Court had previously granted bail but the surety had to be entered at the Special Criminal Court where Mr Dowdall is due to go on trial.

The surety was told that his bank account would be frozen so that it cannot ….read more

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh go léir.

The Higher Courts are not scheduled to sit on March 17 and 18. Full coverage resumes when the higher courts return on Monday, March 21.

The CNI Team.

(Pictured: Former SF Leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Collins)

The BBC is entitled to the discovery of materials former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams may have regarding his alleged relationship with the IRA, including documents evidencing his alleged membership of the IRA and the IRA’s army council, the High Court has ruled.

The ruling was made as the court dismissed a bid by Mr Adams to strike out parts of the BBC’s defence against his defamation action against the UK broadcaster over its reporting of the murder of Denis Donaldson.

Ms Justice Emily Egan today rejected arguments by lawyers for Mr Adams that discovery ….read more

A trial judge did not exceed his jurisdiction when he directed a jury to acquit a 72-year-old man of historic child sex abuse charges against a relative, while the High Court was wrong to quash that decision on judicial review, the Court of Appeal ruled today.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent assault which were alleged to have taken place between April 1968 and December 1970.

The complainant, who was related to the accused and was aged between seven and nine at the time of the alleged ….read more

A member of Fingal County Council has brought a High Court action challenging the alleged removal from its website of parts of a recent local authority meeting that was broadcast to the public.

The action has been brought by Independent Councillor Jimmy Guerin, who claims that the removal of comments he made during the meeting and a subsequent refusal by the council’s executive to provide him with a record of the meeting, breaches his right to freedom of expression.

The comments made were made at a council meeting held on January 18th last, when members were considering the Council’s Development Plan.

Mr Guerin ….read more

Courts News Ireland wishes you and yours health and well-being over the Christmas holidays.

Full coverage resumes when the higher courts return for Hilary sittings, beginning on January 11th.

A Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year to all,

The CNI Team.

A murder trial witness has described how he tried to grab onto his cousin – Irish champion boxer Kevin Sheehy – before he was struck and “taken away” from him by a speeding jeep.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that Thomas Lysaght tried to pull the 20-year-old off the ground but the vehicle “spun around” and came back towards them for a second time.

“I had to let Kevin go and move away. He was dragged up the road,” Mr Lysaght told the trial today.

The witness described how he then tried to divert the driver’s attention away from ….read more

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