Alison O'Riordan


(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael MacGrath. Photo: Collins)

A jury will begin deliberating tomorrow in the trial of a man accused of murdering his former partner Nadine Lott by inflicting “severe blunt force trauma” injuries to her in a “sustained attack” in her Wicklow home.

Mr Justice Michael MacGrath concluded his charge to the jurors today, telling them that they must act clinically, dispassionately and without sympathy towards both the deceased and the accused.

Daniel Murtagh (34), of Melrose Grove, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year-old ex-partner Ms Lott at her ….read more

A man on trial accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott inflicted “the most appalling and dreadful blunt trauma injuries” to the beauty therapist’s face, which separated the flesh from the underlying structures, a prosecution barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

John O’Kelly SC, prosecuting, today gave his closing speech in the trial of Daniel Murtagh and insisted that this was a case of murder and “nothing short of murder”.

“There is the clearest intent, just look at what the accused didn’t do and what he never tried to do, he never raised a hand to ….read more

Nadine Lott’s ex partner demonstrated to gardai how he delivered punches down on the beautician as she lay on the ground of her home, a murder trial jury have seen.

The accused Daniel Murtagh, who said he had boxed “for years”, also told gardai that he had held a charger for a tyre pump in his hand for “solidity” and had “wrapped” the wire around his knuckles as he beat Nadine, the jury heard.

Under cross-examination, one of the interviewing gardai agreed with defence counsel, Brendan Grehan SC, that the accused accepted he might have used the cigarette-type charger “in ….read more

A 39-year-old mother accused of attempting to murder her 18-month-old twin sons at her home in Dublin has failed in a bid to have the charges against her dismissed.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with attempting to murder her two young sons on October 9, 2019 at her home.

She is also accused of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to one of the two children on the same date.

The accused woman is further charged with producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury in the course of a dispute, to wit a large kitchen ….read more

A boxer accused of murdering his former partner Nadine Lott told gardai that he was “pounding” her and “punching like mad” and that if he had wanted to kill her he would have, his trial has heard.

When asked by gardai how his hands were not badly damaged, Daniel Murtagh said he had “boxed for years and my knuckles are conditioned”.

“I knew she was with a lad in Arklow and I was just trying to get it out of her,” he added.

Mr Murtagh also told officers: “You are trying to paint a picture of me trying to kill Nadine; ….read more

A man who denies murdering his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott told gardai that they had “a domestic” and later said that he gave her “six or seven hard digs” but did not “go to town” on her, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury also heard that Daniel Murtagh described himself as “protective” and said he had never “hit a woman in his life”. He also told detectives that he broke his hand that night and said he couldn’t believe he had hit “the love of my life a couple of slaps”.

When Mr Murtagh was arrested and placed in ….read more

Just over a week before Nadine Lott’s former partner killed her she told him not to “threaten” her and that “nothing is ever going to happen between us again, I want to make that clear,” the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury in the trial of Daniel Murtagh was today given transcripts of WhatsApp messages between the accused and his ex-girlfriend in the days and weeks leading up to Ms Lott’s death.

In them, the accused asks Nadine if she is “seeing someone from Dublin”. In reply, Nadine tells her ex-boyfriend that she is not seeing anyone. Mr Murtagh asks ….read more

(Pictured: Chief State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. Photo: Collins)

Beauty therapist Nadine Lott died after suffering “traumatic head, neck and chest injuries” and her brain was swollen following a “sustained and violent attack” in her home, the Chief State Pathologist has told her murder trial.

The jury also heard from the expert witness that the blunt force injuries were caused by hands, fists or feet and the use of a blunt weapon could not be ruled out. In cross examination by defence counsel, the pathologist also said she was
“very sceptical” that Ms Lott would have been able to move around following her ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: Collins)

The trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr, who is accused of setting up a longtime employee to be taken prisoner by a gang, has resumed at the Special Criminal Court today after being adjourned for over seven months.

The non-jury trial was adjourned in December last year to allow the property magnate’s lawyers view CCTV footage that had not previously been disclosed to the defence.

The case resumed before the three-judge court on Monday, with witnesses in the Witness Protection Programme (WPP) expected to continue giving their evidence in the coming days.

Mr Mansfield Jnr (53), ….read more

A teenage boy who punched a girl and threatened others with a butter knife outside a house party where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered has been sentenced to two years detention and two years supervision in his community.

Sentencing the now 16-year-old accused, who cannot be named because he is a minor, at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice David Keane said the boy “deliberately armed” himself with a butter knife and “deliberately threatened” others at the party that night.

“His threats were calculated and deliberate,” he added.

The judge said the actions by the juvenile, who today ….read more

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