Alison O'Riordan


A 39-year-old mother accused of attempting to murder her 18-month-old twin sons at her home in Dublin has failed in a bid to have the charges against her dismissed.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with attempting to murder her two young sons on October 9, 2019 at her home.

She is also accused of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to one of the two children on the same date.

The accused woman is further charged with producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury in the course of a dispute, to wit a large kitchen ….read more

A boxer accused of murdering his former partner Nadine Lott told gardai that he was “pounding” her and “punching like mad” and that if he had wanted to kill her he would have, his trial has heard.

When asked by gardai how his hands were not badly damaged, Daniel Murtagh said he had “boxed for years and my knuckles are conditioned”.

“I knew she was with a lad in Arklow and I was just trying to get it out of her,” he added.

Mr Murtagh also told officers: “You are trying to paint a picture of me trying to kill Nadine; ….read more

A man who denies murdering his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott told gardai that they had “a domestic” and later said that he gave her “six or seven hard digs” but did not “go to town” on her, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury also heard that Daniel Murtagh described himself as “protective” and said he had never “hit a woman in his life”. He also told detectives that he broke his hand that night and said he couldn’t believe he had hit “the love of my life a couple of slaps”.

When Mr Murtagh was arrested and placed in ….read more

Just over a week before Nadine Lott’s former partner killed her she told him not to “threaten” her and that “nothing is ever going to happen between us again, I want to make that clear,” the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury in the trial of Daniel Murtagh was today given transcripts of WhatsApp messages between the accused and his ex-girlfriend in the days and weeks leading up to Ms Lott’s death.

In them, the accused asks Nadine if she is “seeing someone from Dublin”. In reply, Nadine tells her ex-boyfriend that she is not seeing anyone. Mr Murtagh asks ….read more

(Pictured: Chief State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. Photo: Collins)

Beauty therapist Nadine Lott died after suffering “traumatic head, neck and chest injuries” and her brain was swollen following a “sustained and violent attack” in her home, the Chief State Pathologist has told her murder trial.

The jury also heard from the expert witness that the blunt force injuries were caused by hands, fists or feet and the use of a blunt weapon could not be ruled out. In cross examination by defence counsel, the pathologist also said she was
“very sceptical” that Ms Lott would have been able to move around following her ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: Collins)

The trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr, who is accused of setting up a longtime employee to be taken prisoner by a gang, has resumed at the Special Criminal Court today after being adjourned for over seven months.

The non-jury trial was adjourned in December last year to allow the property magnate’s lawyers view CCTV footage that had not previously been disclosed to the defence.

The case resumed before the three-judge court on Monday, with witnesses in the Witness Protection Programme (WPP) expected to continue giving their evidence in the coming days.

Mr Mansfield Jnr (53), ….read more

A teenage boy who punched a girl and threatened others with a butter knife outside a house party where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered has been sentenced to two years detention and two years supervision in his community.

Sentencing the now 16-year-old accused, who cannot be named because he is a minor, at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice David Keane said the boy “deliberately armed” himself with a butter knife and “deliberately threatened” others at the party that night.

“His threats were calculated and deliberate,” he added.

The judge said the actions by the juvenile, who today ….read more

A forensic scientist had told a murder trial that the amount of blood splatter found in the kitchen of Nadine Lott’s apartment suggested there had been a “sustained assault” on her when she was lying on the floor there.

Opening the trial of Daniel Murtagh, prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC said Ms Lott suffered “severe blunt force trauma” and stab injuries at the hands of her former partner “in a sustained attack” in her Arklow home.

The barrister said the court will hear evidence that the injuries to Ms Lott were so serious that she never regained consciousness and died three ….read more

A 34-year-old man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott told a motorist that he had “killed my wife because she was with my friend” just hours after he assaulted her, a trial has heard.

The jury also heard today that Daniel Murtagh told a paramedic that he had killed his “girlfriend” after crashing his car into a ditch in the early hours of the morning. “In the back of the ambulance he was telling me how much he loved his girlfriend but they had a fight,” said the witness.

Opening the trial of Daniel Murtagh, prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC ….read more

A paramedic has told a murder trial that the emergency call he made to Nadine Lott’s house will “haunt” him for the rest of his career and was one of the most “horrendous scenes” he had ever walked into in his life.

The witness told the Central Criminal Court today that it was like “a bulldozer” had gone through the beauty therapist’s apartment in Arklow as there was “broken furniture” everywhere. He described kneeling on broken glass and said his uniform was “destroyed” with blood as he performed CPR on Ms Lott.

Nurse Leah Grant, who works in the intensive ….read more

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