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(File Picture: Jonathan Dowdall. Photo: Collins)

A search warrant was obtained for former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall’s home on the basis that firearms and explosives were being stored there on behalf of the IRA, an inspector has told the Special Criminal Court.

The court also heard it was “slightly exaggerated” to say that the Garda Diving Unit was brought in to search an “enormous” pond at the back of Dowdall’s home.

The non-jury court also heard that the warrant was executed on Dowdall’s house an hour after three AK-47 assault rifles – used in the murder of Kinahan Cartel member ….read more

A vet who had so much money unlawfully cut from his wages last winter that his bank account was cleared out and he couldn’t put diesel in his work van has secured an order for over €3,000 against his former employer.

Alonso Serrano Laborda’s complaints under the payment of Wages Act against Thomas Joseph Heneghan, trading as Castle Vets, were upheld by the Workplace Relations Commission in a decision just published.

Mr Serrano Laborda told the tribunal that he travelled from Spain to take up work as a large animal vet in Mr Heneghan’s practice from 18 October last year, dealing with ….read more

A jury has begun their deliberations in the trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering Uransetseg Tserendorj as she walked home from work in Dublin’s financial district in January 2020.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt concluded his charge to the jurors on Tuesday afternoon, telling them they must act judicially and not allow sympathy or unnecessary emotion to filter in when making their decision.

“Feelings of sympathy or like or dislike or anger or revulsion – all of those may well be visceral feelings that come up on hearing the evidence but you must look past those,” he told the jury of ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Tony Tormey. Photo: Collins)

Fair City actor Tony Tormey wants RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes summonsed as a witness in his employment rights claim against the State broadcaster.

A preliminary hearing into his complaint before the Workplace Relations Commission also heard that Mr Tormey was earning €4,500 per week when he lodged his papers. His case under the Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003 heard legal submissions this morning.

Mr Tormey, who plays Paul Brennan on RTÉ’s flagship soap opera, says he is legally entitled to a fixed-term contract – a claim denied by the broadcaster, which maintains he was always ….read more

A 16-year-old boy who stabbed Urantsetseg Tserendorj as she walked home from work attempted to rob a second woman a short time later before taking out a knife and telling her: “That could have ended a lot worse for you”, his murder trial has heard.

Tayo Odelade told the Central Criminal Court how the teenager, who cannot be named because he is a minor, came up behind her and tried to steal her mobile phone on the night of January 20, 2021 as she went for a walk near her home in Dublin’s city centre.

Ms Odelade said she fought back, there ….read more

by Paul Neilan

A man who was jailed for five years for raping a sleeping woman during a house party has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction at the Court of Appeal.

The man (30) had pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape at a location in Co Kildare in June 2015. Following a week-long trial in November 2019, a jury of five women and seven men returned a verdict of guilty at the Central Criminal Court.

In July 2020, the male was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice Michael White.

The trial heard that on the night in ….read more

A 16-year-old boy on trial accused of the murder of Mongolian national Urantsetseg Tserendorj, who died after being stabbed in the neck on her walk home from work, told gardaí that he went out that night planning to rob someone with a knife.

“I panicked and pulled the knife out of my pocket and stabbed her in the neck. I done it. I didn’t mean to do it. I’m sorry for it,” the accused told gardaí.

Counsel for the prosecution, Seán Guerin SC, today presented the evidence of four garda witnesses at the trial of the accused, who cannot ….read more

(File Picture: Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers. Photo: Collins)

A State pathologist has told a murder trial that due to surgical intervention, it is difficult to estimate the depth of the injury that resulted in the death of Mongolian national Urantsetseg Tserendorj.

Ms Tserendorj was stabbed in the neck on a walkway between George’s Dock and Custom House Quay in the IFSC, Dublin on 20 January 2021.

A 16-year-old male, who cannot be named as he is a minor, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Tserendorj but guilty to her manslaughter on 29 January 2021.

He has also pleaded ….read more

A teenage boy took a knife and “went for the jugular” when he stabbed a mother of two as she walked home from work in Dublin city centre, a prosecution barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has gone on trial charged with murdering Mongolian national Urantsetseg Tserendorj in January 2021.

The teen has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Tserendorj but guilty to her manslaughter on January 29, 2021.

He has also pleaded guilty to producing a knife and to attempting to rob Ms Tserendorj on a walkway between ….read more

(Pictured: Accused man Mr Stephen Silver. Photo: Collins)

Stephen Silver has described to a Central Criminal jury the moment he struggled to take Detective Garda Colm Horkan’s gun before striking him with the butt of the weapon and shooting him 11 times as the garda fell to the ground.

The accused said it happened so fast he had no time to think, adrenaline was flowing and, he said, he was trying to protect himself.

Stephen Silver was giving evidence at his own trial, where he has said he was suffering from a mental disorder and was having “confused thoughts” on the ….read more

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