Peter Doyle

 

(Pictured: Robert Duffy. Photo: Collins)

An application to extradite IRA killer Robert Duffy, who was jailed for life here for attempted murder eight years after he was released under the Good Friday Agreement, cannot proceed until the High Court receives an update from the Sentence Review Commissioners (SRC) in Belfast, a senior judge said today.

Duffy was jailed for life in Northern Ireland for the murder of a director of a building contractor whose firm carried out work for the security forces. John Gibson was shot dead in the driveway of his Belfast home in October 1993 and his killing was ….read more

A man who was jailed for 20 years for the “ultra violent” rape of two sex workers on the same day in separate hotels has failed in a bid to have his conviction quashed and his sentence reduced on appeal.

Gheorghe Goidan (49), formerly of the Plaza Apartments, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15, but now a prisoner of Midlands Prison, had contacted the women via a sex workers website.

After arranging to meet them in hotel rooms, he pulled a knife and threatened them before repeatedly assaulting and raping both women in two separate attacks.

He had pleaded not guilty to rape ….read more

A paedophile who complained that he did not receive a fair trial after he was found guilty of raping his then girlfriend’s seven-year-old sister has failed in his bid to have his conviction quashed.

Kenneth McDonald (56), of Wexford town, had pleaded not guilty to the rape and indecent assault of the girl at locations in Co Wexford on dates between January 1987 and November 1994.

However, a jury found him guilty following a trial at the Central Criminal Court and in October 2019 he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice Alex Owens.

McDonald ….read more

The judge in the trial of a man who was jailed for 20 years for the “ultra violent” rape of two Czech sex workers in Irish hotels erred by not allowing the cross-examination of one of the victims on her “sexual history”, his lawyers have argued before the Court of Appeal.

Gheorghe Goidan (49), formerly of the Plaza Apartments, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15, but now a prisoner of Midlands Prison, had contacted the women via a website. After arranging to meet them in hotel rooms, he pulled a knife and threatened them before repeatedly assaulting and raping both women in two separate ….read more

A father who was jailed for 11 years for the rape of his special needs daughter in the family home has lost his appeal against the conviction.

The man, now aged 59, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his now adult daughter, was imprisoned after a jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted him in July 2019 of two counts of rape contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1990, one count of rape contrary to Section 4 of the same act, and two counts of sexual assault contrary to Section 2 of ….read more

(File Picture: Nadine Lott’s family outside of court after Daniel Murtagh was jailed for life. Photo: Collins)

Daniel Murtagh, who beat his former partner Nadine Lott to the point where she was “completely unrecognisable”, leaving her with “extreme and grotesque” injuries from which she never recovered, has filed legal papers in his bid to have his murder conviction overturned.

Murtagh (34), of Melrose Grove, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin, had pleaded guilty to Ms Lott’s manslaughter but had denied her murder.

The plea, however, was not accepted by the State and he was convicted by a unanimous verdict of murdering 30-year-old Ms Lott ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Tony Brady, father of Aaron Brady. Photo: Collins)

A senior barrister informed the Court of Appeal today that the issue regarding transcripts from the trial of garda killer Aaron Brady being shared on social media is “being kept under review” by prosecutors.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had previously complained to three-judge court that the material was posted on Facebook against the instructions of the Court President Mr Justice George Birmingham.

Brady’s lawyers later admitted the transcripts had been shared online as a part of a campaign in support of Brady’s appeal against conviction and assured the court ….read more

An appeal by former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall against the High Court’s refusal to overturn a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to try him for the Regency Hotel murder at the Special Criminal Court (SCC) has been struck out by the Court of Appeal.

Dowdall (44), of Navan Road, Dublin, and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch (58) – who was extradited from Spain last September – are both charged with the murder of David Byrne (33) at the hotel in Whitehall, Dublin, on February 5, 2016.

They are due to stand trial at the non-jury ….read more

There was evidence missing in the trial of a woman who became one of first individuals in the State jailed for human trafficking and the conviction needs to be quashed, the Court of Appeal was told today.

Alicia Edosa (45) and her co-accused Edith Enoghaghase (32), both of whom are Nigerian, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking women around Ireland on dates between September 2016 and June 2018, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008.

The trial heard evidence from four women who said they were forced into prostitution in Ireland ….read more

A man who was “out of his head on drugs” when he disembowelled a friend in a “paranoid” knife attack has failed in an appeal to have his prison sentence reduced.

Lawrence Mubango (33), formerly of Parknoe House, Tyrone Court, Inchicore, Dublin, had pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Ashely Ncube at Parknoe House on May 17, 2018. He also admitting assault causing harm to Nhlanhla Nduli.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, they found Mr Ncube lying on the ground with multiple loops of bowel and intestines protruding from his stomach.

Mubango had told gardaí he ….read more

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