Alison O'Riordan

 

An electrician accused of murdering a mother-of-two told a taxi driver that he loved his partner and that she was “a great girl” hours before he killed her, a trial has heard.

The jury also heard that Sean Nolan and Amanda Carroll had been involved in a road traffic collision earlier that day and both had fled the scene before being intercepted. The accused man’s bloods were taken as there was a concern he was drink driving or drug driving, the court heard.

Ms Carroll was arrested and had to be handcuffed with her hands behind her back after striking ….read more

A teenage boy broke down today as he told the trial of a man accused of murdering his mother of the moment he found her dead in her bedroom.

“I could see she was not breathing. I could see her cheek was puffy and she was cold. I knew that I was not going to see her again,” Denis Carroll told the murder trial at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Amanda Carroll’s body was discovered in the bedroom of her apartment over two years ago by her then 16-year-old son Denis Carroll, who had left the house that morning to ….read more

A woman who killed her former partner nine years ago has been sent back to prison for two months after she breached the conditions of her release from prison.

A bench warrant was issued on Wednesday for the arrest of Maura Thornton and she was brought before Mr Justice Paul McDermott at the Central Criminal Court yesterday evening.

Maura Thornton (38) from Inverin, Connemara, Co Galway was sentenced to ten years imprisonment with the final three suspended in 2013 after she was found guilty of the manslaughter of her former partner Kevin Joyce (59) outside her apartment in Salthill ….read more

A Central Criminal Court jury has found a man guilty of murdering his former flatmate whom he stabbed 62 times – including 25 times in the back – before dumping his body in the gateway of a country lane in north Co Dublin.

The panel of seven men and five women rejected Sebastian Barczuk’s defence that the State had presented “less than half a story” and could not say when, where, why or how his homeless friend was killed.

It was the defence’s contention that the prosecution was unable to point to a motive between the accused man and ….read more

A son whose conviction for murdering his mother was overturned by the Supreme Court has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter in a “frenzied knife attack” over nine years ago.

Celyn Eadon (29), of Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar, Co Mayo today pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to killing his 46-year-old mother Noreen Kelly at the same address on March 9, 2011. The court heard his plea was accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Eadon was aged 19 when he killed his mother in the knife attack by stabbing her 19 times. He was sentenced to the mandatory term of life ….read more

The jury in the trial of a man who denies murdering his former flatmate in north Co Dublin by stabbing him 62 times has been told they can return a majority verdict.

Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his homeless friend Michal Kurek (33) at a place unknown within the State between August 3 and 4, 2017.

Shortly after 2pm today, Mr Justice Tony Hunt gave the jury of seven men and five women the option of returning a majority verdict of which at least ten of them agreed, ….read more

(Pictured: Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

A key witness who failed to appear in court to give evidence in the capital murder trial of Aaron Brady has been arrested and will face trial for contempt of court.

Aaron Brady was found guilty of the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe by an 11 to one majority jury verdict at the Central Criminal Court on August 11. The 29-year-old, with a last address at New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh is expected to be sentenced to the mandatory term for capital murder of life imprisonment with a minimum time served of 40 years ….read more

A jury will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his former flatmate by stabbing him 62 times before dumping his body in the gateway of a country lane in north Co Dublin.

The jury of seven men and five women has so far spent five hours and 32 minutes over two days considering their verdict.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt concluded his charge to the jurors yesterday in the trial of Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, who has pleaded ….read more

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 will be sentenced later this month at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Defence counsel Bernard Condon SC, for the convicted man, submitted to the three-judge court during today’s sentence hearing that there was no evidence his client had knowledge of or involvement in the planting of the bomb.

Last month, the court found Robert O’Leary (42), of Clancy Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, guilty of membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself as the ….read more

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

A jury will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his former flatmate by stabbing him 62 times before dumping his body in the gateway of a country lane in north Co Dublin.

The jury of seven men and five women today spent one hour and 45 minutes considering their verdict before retiring for the evening.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt concluded his charge to the jurors today in the trial of Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, ….read more

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