Alison O'Riordan


(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

An accused in a criminal trial has been granted permission to attend his trial remotely, in what is believed to be a first for the Irish courts.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, said today that it was an “unusual application but it comes out of the unusual times we live in”.

Ray Kennedy, who is charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly, will be allowed to attend his trial remotely via video-link for its duration, after the court found ….read more

Trials at the Central Criminal Court are being given commencement dates over two years away as the courts battle to deal with the backlog of cases created by measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Before setting a date in 2023 for attempted murder accused Inita Romanovska this morning, Mr Justice Michael White also said that jury trials, which have been postponed since the New Year, will not recommence until the end of March at the earliest.

He said a meeting will be held on March 15 to determine when trials can begin again and a jury panel is scheduled to ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

A son who killed his mother in a drug-fuelled “frenzied knife attack” a decade ago and whose murder conviction was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court remains a public risk and will need to be supervised when he is released into the community, a High Court judge has ordered.

Imposing a 14-year jail term at the Central Criminal Court today on a charge of manslaughter, Mr Justice Michael White said Celyn Eadon “remains at risk of inflicting violence on the public” and his violent temperament is an “alarming factor”. The court heard that he has ….read more

A Kildare man, his wife and another woman have been charged this morning at the non-jury Special Criminal Court with a total of 68 crime cash laundering offences spanning five years.

All 68 charges, which involve amounts ranging from €2,000 to €269,000, were read out to the three accused by the court registrar, which took nearly two hours.

Declan Brady (54), with an address at The Park, Wolstan Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare, his wife Deirdre Brady (53), of The Bailey, Castelfarm, Naas, Co Kildare and another woman Erika Lukacs (37), of Lakelands, Naas, Co Kildare appeared before the three-judge court today.

Declan ….read more

The Central Criminal Court has this evening heard graphic evidence of how a father-of-five recorded videos of himself orally raping his partner’s six-month old niece.

The 58-year-old man from Munster also produced sexually explicit images of four other children who were between the ages of five and 12 years at the time.

The offending took place over the course of seven months up to August 2019. The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identities of the victims, will be sentenced next week.

A local detective told Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, that an anonymous envelope was delivered ….read more

A judge presiding over an explosives conspiracy trial was not precluded from allowing an FBI agent and surveillance gardai to give their evidence anonymously, the Court of Appeal has found.

Clonmel Circuit Court heard that Thomas Bates (52) had taken delivery of two inert hand grenades, a decommissioned Glock pistol and 30 dummy rounds of ammunition after an FBI agent uncovered a plot to buy the items on the Darknet.

The man’s legal team had submitted to the Court of Appeal that the trial judge had erred in law in acceding to an application in allowing the FBI witness ….read more

A father-of-four who discharged a firearm at a Co Offaly halting site could be heard saying: “I’ll kill you all, man, woman or child and I’ll blow your brains out”, his sentence hearing was told today.

The court heard that Simon Quilligan went on the run after the attack for 19 months before he was eventually extradited back from the UK.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that “bad blood going back a while” had existed between the Quilligan and McDonagh families but it “was all in the past now”.

In a letter of apology to the victim’s family, Simon ….read more

A former care worker who went on the run for 17 years after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his 10-year-old neighbour has been jailed for three years.

In 2002 the man pleaded guilty to sexual assault but he failed to appear for his sentence hearing that year. He was located in the UK in 2019 and was extradited back to Ireland last year.

The defendant, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, admitted sexually assaulting the young girl at his home in west Dublin on March 17, 2000.

The Central Criminal Court heard that on St Patricks Day 2000 the ….read more

A former vet who is wanted to face multiple charges of sexual activity with animals and of having extreme pornographic material has appeared before the High Court this afternoon on foot of an extradition warrant.

Oliver Lown (35), with an address at Main Road, Kesgrave, Suffolk is wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom to face 12 offences, which also include making indecent images of children.

The warrant states that 1,219 extreme pornographic images, of which 1,067 are unique, were recovered from the hard drive of Mr Lown’s laptop as well as 3,512 extreme pornographic videos, of which 3,511 are unique. ….read more

A woman accused of murdering a two-year-old child in the south of the country had her name anonymised at the Central Criminal Court yesterday due to an order based on a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

The woman was due to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court on Monday but the case was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions as the courts are not swearing new juries to hear trials. The accused will be called again on June 10, when a new date for her trial will be fixed.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of ….read more

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