Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: The scene of the shooting outside Bellurgan Credit Union, Dundalk, in 2013. Credit: Collins)

A 15-person jury has been sworn-in to hear the trial of a man charged with the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe seven years ago.

Aaron Brady, wearing a blue suit, white shirt and blue tie, replied “not guilty” when charged with the murder of Det Gda Donohoe who was then a member of An Garda Siochana on active duty on January 25, 2013 at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth.

The 28-year-old from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh also replied “not guilty” to a charge ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Louise O’Connor. Credit: Collins)

A woman accused of impeding the investigation into her mother’s alleged murder told gardai that the retired hospital worker would tell her and her daughter every day that they should have been “aborted”.

Mother-of-five Louise O’Connor also told interviewing detectives that she did not “harm a hair” on Patricia O’Connor’s head and said she would go to her grave knowing that.The accused woman also told gardai that despite everything, she really loved her mother.

The jury was listening to three interviews today given by the daughter of the deceased, Louise O’Connor, to gardai on September 2, ….read more

By Brion Hoban & Fiona Ferguson

A Mayo man who sexually assaulted a woman with special needs in his home has been given a three-year sentence with the final year suspended.

The man (59), who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexual assault of the woman at his address on March 13, 2015.

At an earlier sentencing hearing, Detective Garda Roisin Loftus told John O’Kelly SC, prosecuting, that on the date in question the victim cycled to the man’s house to visit his son. The woman and the man’s son were friends and had attended ….read more

A man will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in November charged with murdering his mother.

Celyn Eadon (26) is charged with murdering his 46-year-old mother Noirin Kelly on March 9, 2011.

Mr Eadon, of Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar, Co Mayo, was today sent forward for trial by Mr Justice Michael White. His trial will begin on November 2 and his lawyers expect it to last two weeks.

(Pictured: Sam Lin after giving evidence in the Central Criminal Court trial of his next door neighbours. Credit: Collins)

By Alison O’Riordan

The neighbour of a retired grandmother, whose body was dismembered into 15 separate parts and scattered at nine locations in the Wicklow mountains, has told a jury that he did not see anything out of the ordinary on the night she was allegedly murdered, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The witness testified that the O’Connor family were very nice people as well as good neighbours.

Evidence was also given that gardai viewed CCTV and saw two men, whom they believed to ….read more

A woman has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that she didn’t say anything or move while a man was allegedly raping her because she “froze” in shock.

The 26-year-old Dublin man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault at a place in the capital on a date in April 2018.

The woman, aged in her 20s, testified that she and friends, including the accused, were out drinking in a city centre bar. The jury heard that the accused had previously asked her out on a date and she had told him ….read more

A man who kicked his father to death on his 74th birthday after the older man told him he wished he’d never been born has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a unanimous jury verdict.

The jury of seven women and five men at the Central Criminal Court came to their unanimous decision after six hours and 17 minutes considering their verdict. The accused man Mark Tims (48) will be taken to the Midlands Prison where he will be held until a sentencing hearing on February 24.

Mr Tims had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty ….read more

(Pictured: Accused Mr Keith Johnston. Credit: Collins)

A murder accused told gardai that he “took the rap” for killing and dismembering his partner’s mother but felt he was being set-up, as his girlfriend subsequently started going back out with her ex, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Father-of-three Kieran Greene also told interviewing detectives that, after he was attacked by Patricia O’Connor with a hurley, her husband Gus hit her twice with a crowbar and then told him: “I’m defending you so you can take the rap for this.”

The accused man also said that Keith Johnston “made a plan” and cut up ….read more

The jury in the trial of a man who admits killing but denies murdering his father will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to continue their deliberations.

Mark Tims (48) has pleaded to guilty manslaughter but not guilty to murdering his father Anthony ‘Tony’ Tims at the home they shared at Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on July 13, 2018. His plea was rejected by the State.

The jury of seven women and five men has spent four hours and 54 minutes over two days considering their verdict.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt has told the jury that the accused man’s defence is ….read more

(Pictured: Accused Ms Louise O’Connor. Credit: Collins)

A man accused of murdering his partner’s mother told gardai that he believed she had tried to kill her husband by pushing him down the stairs and that she wanted the family dead, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

“She wanted us dead one at a time, starting with Gus. She wanted us all dead, down to the kids,” the father-of-three told interviewing detectives.

Kieran Greene also said retired grandmother Patricia O’Connor told her daughter that if she killed her father, she would sign the house over to her. Louise O’Connor “automatically said no”, Mr ….read more

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