Alison O'Riordan

 

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A teenager was holding a bottle of holy water when he told a garda that he had stabbed a fisherman who he said had come into his house, grabbed his mother and was “punching and swinging kicks”, a murder trial has heard.

Dean Kerrie (20) with an address at St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington in Co Laois has pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Jack Power at Shanakiel, Dunmore East, Co Waterford on July 26, 2018, when he was 17.

Giving evidence today, Sergeant Pat Kenny told Michael Delaney SC, prosecuting, that all the front windows on ….read more

(Pictured: Witness Mr Christopher Lee, who gave evidence today. Photo: Collins)

A teenager “deliberately killed” a fisherman by stabbing him in the chest after the man entered the boy’s home in the early hours of the morning, the deceased’s best friend has told the Central Criminal Court.

Eye witness Christopher Lee denied that Jack Power had forcibly pushed in the front door of the Kerrie house that night and said that then-17-year-old Dean Kerrie had to make up lies “to get away with it”.

When it was suggested to the witness by the defendant’s barrister that he had a dislike of ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A jury is likely to have to consider the issue of self defence in the trial of a then-teenage boy accused of murdering a fisherman who entered his home in the early hours of the morning, the State has told a Central Criminal Court jury.

Dean Kerrie (20) with an address at St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington in Co Laois has pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Jack Power at Shanakiel, Dunmore East, Co Waterford on July 26, 2018, when he was 17.

Opening the prosecution’s case today, Michael Delaney SC that Mr Power grew up in Dunmore ….read more

An arsonist who admitted killing a man after a garda cold case review of a 2006 blaze in Co Kilkenny has been jailed for 11 years for manslaughter.

The court was previously told that a woman who had given her then partner Martin Kelly an alibi during the investigation into the fatal fire in 2006 later came forward and changed her statement after he started a relationship with another woman.

Kelly has since amassed 196 convictions – including those involving violence and criminal damage by fire – and is deemed to be at high risk of reoffending.

Sentencing Kelly at the Central ….read more

(File Picture: Prosecution Counsel Mr Lorcan Staines SC. Photo: Collins)

A 42-year-old man deliberately stabbed his former partner’s boyfriend in a “sneak attack” when he invited him to a fist fight while he had concealed a knife in his pocket, a prosecution barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

Lorcan Staines SC, prosecuting, today also submitted in his closing speech that the accused had told “lie after lie” to gardai about the weapon used and that the lies were so bad they were “borderline laughable”.

Counsel argued the issue of self defence does not arise in the case as ….read more

A man accused of murdering his former partner’s new boyfriend called her a “whore” moments before the fatal confrontation, the Central Criminal Court was told today.

The jury also heard two interviews with the accused Nassar Ahmed, in which he told detectives that the deceased man had tried to “pick a fight” with him and show “that he was the boss”. Mr Ahmed said that he had “grabbed something sharp” to defend himself.

Mr Ahmed (41), of The Mews, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Eoin Boylan (32) at Gordon ….read more

A 48-year-old man who was due to go on trial this morning has admitted to murdering his younger brother at their home in north Dublin nearly two years ago.

Gary Murtagh of Broadstone in Dublin 7 was charged with the murder of his brother Paul Murtagh (42) at their family home at Auburn Street, Phibsborough, Dublin 7 on November 6, 2020.

When originally arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Monday afternoon, Murtagh pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to his manslaughter at that address.

The plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Mr Justice ….read more

Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, who is accused of the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, is to seek a pre-trial hearing as well as an application to dismiss the charge against him, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Hutch, today told the non-jury court that his client is seeking a separate pre-trial hearing which could be heard later next month.

Mr Hutch (58), who is in custody, was not present in court for today’s hearing.

The three-judge court has to first determine a preliminary issue as to ….read more

A woman who gave her then partner an alibi during an investigation into a fatal fire almost 16 years ago later came forward of her own volition and changed her statement after he commenced a relationship with another woman, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The family of “kind and gentle soul” Gerry Nolan told the court that he was killed “in a severely sick and horrendous way”, when then-teenager Martin Kelly, who has now amassed 196 previous convictions, set fire to the victim’s mobile home in Co Kilkenny. They said they will never forget the “horrifying images” of the deceased’s ….read more

(File Picture: Prosecution barrister Mr Lorcan Staines SC. Photo: Collins)

The issue of self defence will have to be considered in the trial of a 41-year-old man who admits killing but denies murdering another man in Co Clare over two years ago, the State has told a Central Criminal Court jury.

The 12 jurors were also told it is the prosecution case that the deceased man had three injuries to his body which were consistent with stab wounds after he was struck by the accused.

Nassar Ahmed of The Mews, Kilrush Road, Ennis has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to ….read more

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