Alison O'Riordan

 

A convicted child murderer can now be named following a successful application by RTE to lift a court order that prevented the man and his victim from being publicly identified.

The Children (Amendment) Act 2021 was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins last month after passing in the Dail and the Seanad and came into force last Friday.

This means that, following a controversial Court of Appeal ruling in October last year, the law has now been changed to remove the restriction on naming deceased children except in certain exceptional circumstances. In cases where specific orders remain, applications have to ….read more

A Central Criminal Court jury has found a married man guilty of murdering his former partner, whom he stabbed 19 times in front of their six-year-old daughter days after the child was placed in the custody of her mother by a court.

The 12 jurors rejected Edmundas Dauksa’s defence that he had not been “fuelled with murderous intent” when he carried out the attack on the mother-of-two under a darkened archway during the middle of the day.

It was also the defence contention that the accused had felt “wronged and wronged again” by a system which had “failed him appallingly”, ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge has said he does not see any difficulty in lifting a court order, which prevented a child murderer from being publicly identified, once the law on a controversial section of the Children’s Act is changed tomorrow.

However, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said he would prefer that parties in the case such as the State and the accused were put on notice should they have submissions to make to the court and for their views to be ascertained.

The Children (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was sent to President Michael D Higgins to ….read more

A murder accused intended serious harm or death when he repeatedly “plunged” a 15cm blade into the body of his former partner, a prosecution barrister has told his trial.

However, the defence submitted that the accused did not have murderous intent when he carried out his attack. Defence counsel also highlighted that the accused felt “wronged and wronged again” by a system which had “failed him appallingly”, after his child was placed in the custody of her mother by a court.

Fishmonger Edmundas Dauksa (51), with an address at Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth has pleaded not guilty to murder but ….read more

A man on trial for murder was “completely destroyed as a human being” after his daughter was placed in the custody of the deceased by a court, his wife has told the Central Criminal Court.

Asta Dauksiene testified that her husband was completely committed and devoted to his daughter, telling the court: “It was the meaning of his life”.

Evidence has been given that the deceased had received custody of the child in an “abnormal and accelerated” District Court hearing days before the killing. The jury has also heard that the accused man, who was unrepresented during the court proceedings, had ….read more

A mother-of-two who was stabbed to death by her former partner in front of their six-year-old daughter had received custody of the child in an “abnormal and accelerated” District Court hearing days before the killing, a murder trial has heard.

The jury also heard that the accused man had not received written word of his former partner’s intention to bring their child to court, despite a court order stating the court was satisfied that the application had been duly served on him.

The accused, the trial also heard, was unrepresented during the proceedings.

Counsel for the defence, Mr Michael ….read more

A fishmonger stabbed his former partner 19 times in front of their six-year-old daughter days after the child was placed in the custody of her mother by a court, a murder trial has heard.

The accused’s son testified that his father was “completely committed and devoted” to his daughter and lavished affection on her “to an enormous extent” but became a “broken man” when his daughter was “taken” from him.

Lithuanian national and fishmonger Edmundas Dauksa (51), with an address at Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the killing ….read more

A man’s second murder trial has collapsed at the Central Criminal Court, with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropping the charge after the trial judge ruled that gardai would not be allowed to identify the accused on CCTV.

Alan Harte (40), who has a previous conviction for disposing of his murdered friend’s body, went on trial last week charged with the murder of wheelchair user Anthony Rogers. Harte, with an address at Island Quay Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 3 had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Rogers at Robinson’s Court, Cork Street, Dublin 8 on November 6, 2016.

Today ….read more

A murder trial jury has been shown CCTV footage of a woman meeting her former partner moments before he stabbed her to death in front of their six-year-old daughter in a Dundalk alleyway during the middle of the day.

Fishmonger and Lithuanian national Edmundas Dauksa (51), with an address at Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the killing of Ingrida Maciokaite (31) at Bridgewater Mews, Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co Louth on September 18, 2018.

In his opening address yesterday, prosecution counsel Conor Devally SC said the Central Criminal Court will ….read more

The jury in the trial of a fishmonger accused of murdering the mother of his child has been discharged and a new jury will be sworn in at the Central Criminal Court this afternoon.

Edmundas Dauksa (51), with an address at Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth was on trial for the murder of Ingrida Maciokaite (31) at Bridgewater Mews, Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co Louth on September 18, 2018.

The Lithuanian national, who sold shellfish in the Dundalk area, had pleaded not guilty.

A jury of seven women and five men was sworn in last Monday and they heard evidence on Friday ….read more

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