Eoin Reynolds


A food delivery cyclist accused of murdering schoolboy Josh Dunne was “terrified, sad and scared” and worried about retaliation in the aftermath of the fatal stabbing, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

Jose Pedroso told the trial of George Gonzaga Bento that the accused was “distressed and emotional” when he came to his flat the following evening. Mr Pedroso, giving his evidence by video link from Brazil, said Mr Bento did not eat and wanted to go to a lawyer’s office that night but stayed with Mr Pedroso after they spoke on the phone to a lawyer who agreed ….read more

(Pictured: Witness Mr Guilherme Quieroz. Photo: Collins)

A Brazilian man accused of murdering schoolboy Josh Dunne saved a fellow food-delivery cyclist from more serious injuries or death when he used a knife to defend him from a gang of youths, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

Guilherme Quieroz today told the trial of George Gonzaga Bento that before Josh Dunne was stabbed, he and the accused were attacked by a group of young men on a Dublin street when they tried to retrieve a stolen bicycle. He said that having viewed CCTV footage of the incident he now knows that ….read more

An officer with the Irish Defence Forces who is accused of sexual and physical assault will indicate next month if he requires a trial in relation to any of the charges against him.

The officer, who cannot be named by order of the military court, appeared at a brief hearing at McKee Barracks in Dublin today, in which a new legal team was appointed to him. His previous barrister had indicated that he had a conflict of interest and therefore could no longer represent the accused officer.

He will now be represented by Kevin Roche BL, instructed by Partners at Law solicitors ….read more

A criminal who attacked a member of a rival drugs gang with a machete near Finglas Garda Station in “broad daylight” has been given a three-year sentence.

Martin Cunningham (27) has been in prison since April 2019 after his bail was revoked by the High Court and has therefore served more than three years. He pleaded guilty last November to producing a machete during an assault on Kenneth Fitzsimons.

The court heard that the assault was one of more than 70 incidents, including arson and firearms offences, arising out of a feud between criminal gangs in Blanchardstown and Finglas.

At a sentencing ….read more

(Pictured: Schoolboy Josh Dunne. Photo: Collins)

The jury in the trial of a delivery cyclist accused of stabbing schoolboy Josh Dunne to death has viewed CCTV footage of the moment the 16-year-old collapsed in the street.

Detective Garda Patrick Kenny told prosecution counsel, Sean Guerin SC, that he compiled CCTV footage from the East Wall area of Dublin on the night George Gonzaga Bento is alleged to have murdered Josh Dunne.

Footage from the Seabank House pub at the junction of East Wall Road and East Road, the witness said, captured the incident that he said is the subject of the trial. ….read more

A criminal who was struck multiple times with a machete in an assault related to a gang feud told gardai that he would not give evidence against his attacker, who he described as a “fool” for pleading guilty, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Martin Cunningham (27) knew that the man he assaulted, Kenneth Fitzsimons, would not testify against him when he entered a guilty plea in November last year to assault causing harm and to producing a machete in an attack that took place close to Finglas Garda Station in Dublin.

The court heard that wounds to Fitzsimons exposed his ribs ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Lisa Smith. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has no jurisdiction to try former soldier Lisa Smith for Islamic State membership owing to a High Court judgement in the case of Algerian terrorist Ali Damache, her lawyers have argued today.

If the three-judge, non-jury court does not accept the arguments made by her lawyers they will then reveal their verdicts on May 30th.

During a brief hearing this morning Michael O’Higgins SC, for Ms Smith, said that a previous judgement of the High Court ruled that the Terrorism Offences Act 2005 can only be used to prosecute people for offences ….read more

The trial of two men accused of murdering Keane Mulready Woods will not go ahead next month as scheduled as gardai continue to investigate the killing and dismemberment of the Drogheda teenager.

John Byrne SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), told the Special Criminal Court this morning that the prosecution has disclosed some information to the defence in relation to the ongoing investigation but it is inevitable that: “further considerable disclosure would have to be made before the trial is in a position to proceed.”

The trial had been scheduled to go ahead on April 25 this year. Mr ….read more

A jury at the Central Criminal Court has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a boy accused of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj during the 2021 winter lockdown when he was aged just 14.

The teenager had accepted that he stabbed Ms Tserendorj in the neck causing her death but his lawyers argued that he was trying to rob her and did not intend to kill or cause her serious harm. They asked the jury to find him not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The jury, having spent more than eight hours considering their verdict, returned this afternoon and ….read more

The judge in the trial of a teenager accused of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj has said the court will accept a majority verdict if at least ten of the jurors agree.

Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring at the Central Criminal Court had told the jury that their verdict must be unanimous but this morning, after the five men and seven women had spent four hours and 49 minutes deliberating since Monday, she said she would accept the majority.

The jury has spent about two hours considering their verdict since then and has now gone to lunch. They will return at 2pm.

The accused, ….read more

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