Anne Sharkey

 

A man found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of a 55-year-old Dublin granddad has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Dragos Nica (30), of Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Michael Gannon at Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin on November 14th, 2013.

The jury were told previously that on the evening of the attack, Mr Gannon was babysitting his daughter Jade’s two young children and a neighbour’s child at Jade’s house in Mourne Park, next door to Mr Nica’s house.

The court heard that Mr Nica ….read more

A 30-year-old man has been found not guilty of the murder of a Dublin granddad by reason of insanity.

Dragos Nica, of Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Michael Gannon (55) at Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin on November 14th, 2013.

The three-day trial heard that Mr Nica, who is originally from Bacau in Romania, had formed the belief that Mr Gannon’s daughter Jade, had poisoned him.

The jury heard that Mr Nica, who has lived in Ireland for 19 years, claimed he woke on the morning of November 14th, 2013 with ….read more

A jury has been asked to consider the ill health of a man accused of murdering a 55-year old grandfather in the “most horrific of circumstances”.

The jury has heard that Dragos Nica (30) admitted to stabbing his next door neighbour’s father.

Mr Nica, of Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Michael Gannon (55) at Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin on November 14th, 2013.

The jury were told previously that on the evening of the attack, Mr Gannon was babysitting his daughter Jade’s two young children and a neighbour’s child at Jade’s ….read more

A jury has heard that a man accused of murdering a 55-year-old grandfather told a psychiatrist that he previously considered killing the deceased’s young grandchildren.

Dragos Nica (30) has admitted to stabbing his next door neighbour’s father, a jury heard yesterday.

Mr Nica, of Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Michael Gannon (55) at Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin on November 14th, 2013.

The court heard previously that on the evening of the attack, Mr Gannon was babysitting his daughter Jade’s two young children and a neighbour’s child at Jade’s house in ….read more

(Pictured: Perry Wharrie. Photo: Collins)

A decision will be made next month in the case of an Englishman who successfully appealed his 30-year prison sentence for his role in the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the State.

Perry Wharrie (56) was given what his lawyers have described as the “highest sentence in the history of the State” for his role in the record €440 million drugs haul at Dunlough Bay on the Mizen Peninsula, West Cork on July 2, 2007.

In July of last year, the Court of Criminal Appeal found that a Cork judge had erred in sentencing Wharrie to ….read more

A Dublin man has today been jailed for eight years for killing a man following what was described as a “duel” at Christmas time two years ago.

Wayne Kennedy (34) with an address at Rathsallagh Park in Shankill, Co. Dublin, was charged with murdering David Spain (26) on December 26th, 2013 at this address as well as intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Sean Turner on the same date.

Last July, Mr Kennedy pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to both counts.

A jury of 10 men and two women unanimously found Mr Kennedy not guilty of ….read more

A Dublin man will go on trial on Thursday charged with murdering a man in Tallaght in September 2013.

Trevor Corr (39) with an address in Killinarden Estate in Tallaght, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

Dressed in a navy suit and tie, he pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of James Humphries (32) at Kiltalown Way in Tallaght on September 22nd, 2013.

Counsel for the Prosecution, Mr Denis Vaughan Buckley SC, said he did not accept the plea.

A jury of seven men and five women were sworn in before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy for the ….read more

The jury in the trial of a Dublin man accused of the 2011 murder of 29-year-old Adil Essalhi has been discharged.

Michael Kinsella (22), with addresses at Swiftbrook Close, Tallaght and Ardkeen in Cavan, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Adil Essalhi at Tyrrelstown, Dublin on January 6th, 2011.

His uncle Wayne Kinsella was convicted of killing Mr Essalhi in 2012.

Miss Justice Deirdre Murphy told the jury of five women and seven men that one of their members would not be able to return.

“One of your members has called in sick and the situation is that they will not be able ….read more

A murder trial jury has heard that 29-year-old Adil Essalhi received “in excess of 50″ stabbing and chopping wounds before his body was burnt with what is believed to have been petrol.

Michael Kinsella (22), of Swiftbrook Close, Tallaght, today pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Adil Essalhi on January 6th, 2011.

His uncle Wayne Kinsella was convicted of killing Mr Essalhi in 2012.

Opening the trial today, Mr Kerida Naidoo SC prosecuting, told the Central Criminal Court jury that it was the State’s case that the killing was done by two people.

“Events happened in a field (outside) a block of apartments in ….read more

A Dublin man will go on trial this afternoon charged with murdering Adil Essalhi in Tyrrelstown more than four years ago.

Michael Kinsella (22), of Swiftbrook Close, Tallaght was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

Dressed in a suit and striped tie, he pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Adil Essalhi at Tyrrelstown, Dublin on January 6th, 2011.

A jury of five women and seven men was sworn in to hear the trial today, which is due to begin this afternoon before Miss Justice Margaret Heneghan and is expected to last one week.

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