Alison O'Riordan


(Pictured: Prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines SC. Credit: Collins)

A homeless man with addiction difficulties was found lying face down in the gateway of a country lane in north Co Dublin with over 60 stab wounds to his body, a prosecution barrister has told a murder trial.

Lorcan Staines SC, for the State, also told the Central Criminal Court jury today that this was a circumstantial case and ultimately the question for them was “who did it” and not whether the deceased was murdered or not.

Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 has pleaded not guilty ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Lisa Smith. Credit: Collins)

A date has been set at the Special Criminal Court for the trial of former Irish Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge James Faughnan, this morning fixed a trial date for Ms Smith of January 11, 2022. It is expected to last 12 weeks.

Last December at Dublin District Court Ms Smith, a 38-year-old from Co Louth, was initially charged with an offence contrary to the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) ….read more

A 32-year-old man will go on trial tomorrow accused of murdering a homeless man in north Co Dublin over three years ago.

Sebastian Barczuk with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 is charged with the murder of Polish national Michal Kurek (33) at a place unknown within the State between August 3 and August 4, 2017.

Mr Barczuk pleaded not guilty when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

Lorcan Staines SC, prosecuting, told the jury panel that the deceased Mr Kurek was a Polish national and a homeless man, whose body was found in Ballyboughal in north Co Dublin on ….read more

A globetrotting car thief has been convicted by the non-jury Special Criminal Court of murdering the manager of the Sunset House pub in Dublin over four years ago.

Liverpool native David Hunter (41), with an address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, had denied the Kinahan Cartel murder of 35-year-old Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub in Dublin’s north inner city on the night of April 25, 2016.

Hunter is the second man to be found guilty of murdering dissident republican Barr. In January 2018, Eamonn Cumberton (32), of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, was also convicted of ….read more

A Central Criminal Court jury has found a 43-year-old man guilty of murdering his friend, whom he stabbed to death in a Limerick bar during a row over payment for cocaine.

The panel of 11 men and one woman rejected Mark Crawford’s defence that he was acting in self-defence out of fear that he was going to be attacked by the deceased as he was not from that part of Limerick city.

It was the defence case that if they were in doubt in relation to the accused’s intention on the night or if he had mistakenly believed he was ….read more

A jury will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to consider its verdict in the trial of a Limerick man accused of stabbing his friend to death in a bar after a row over payment for cocaine.

The jury of 11 men and one woman today spent two hours and five minutes considering their verdict before retiring for the evening.

Ms Justice Tara Burns concluded her charge to the jurors this morning in the trial of Mark Crawford (43) of Quarry Road, Thomondgate, Co Limerick, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Patrick ‘Pa’ O’Connor (24) at Fitzgerald’s Bar, ….read more

A man jailed for three years after gardai found almost €1 million in a bag of onions – crime cash that was destined for the Kinahan Cartel – must wait to hear whether his prison sentence will be increased on foot of an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Bernard Joyce (45), of Newtown, Beauparc, Slane, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to possessing €911,600, which were the proceeds of criminal conduct, at Arnestown, Foulksmills, Co Wexford, on September 22, 2018, under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act 2010.

Garda Stephen Burke told Wexford Circuit Criminal Court that detectives were ….read more

A “trusted member of the IRA” who was caught after an FBI agent uncovered a Dublin-based plot to buy a grenade and Semtex online has lost an appeal against the severity of his prison sentence.

The Special Criminal Court trial of Jonathan Hawthorn (47) heard he had taken delivery of fake explosives that were disguised as Play Doh.

Lawyers for Hawthorn, of Ballintyre Downs, Ballinteer, Dublin 16, claimed the headline sentence imposed on him by the Special Criminal Court in October 2018 was excessive and one which was usually reserved for people involved in a leadership role in an illegal organisation.

Hawthorn previously ….read more

There was nothing to justify a Limerick man’s decision to use force against his friend in a bar following a row over payment for cocaine “let alone the level of force used”, a prosecution barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court today.

The trial has heard that the deceased sustained six stab wounds in the pub, including two fatal ones to the heart and jugular vein, after insisting to the accused that he was owed €100 for cocaine.

Evidence has been heard that the accused admitted stabbing the deceased to gardai but said he had acted in self-defence ….read more

(Pictured: Robert O’Leary. Credit: Collins)

An “Arthur Daly” type used car dealer who supplied a vehicle for a dissident operation to place a bomb under a PSNI officer’s jeep in Belfast has been found guilty of IRA membership.

Robert O’Leary (42) of Clancy Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself as the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, at a location within the State on August 20, 2019.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said today that the Skoda Octavia car had been used to survey the area around the PSNI officer’s home in Belfast and ….read more

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