Central Criminal Court

Four men will go on trial in June charged with trying to murder Dublin man Wayne Whelan in a shooting in west Dublin over a year ago.

Darren Henderson (30), of Cleggan Avenue, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; Cailean Crawford (25), with an address at Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; and Charles McClean (32), of St Mark’s Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 are charged with the attempted murder of Wayne Whelan (42) at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin on September 4, 2019.

The three defendants, two of whom appeared via video link before the Central Criminal Court for today’s hearing, are also accused ….read more

A convicted child rapist who repeatedly raped a girl over the course of two years in a series a ‘shocking’ attacks has received a prison sentence of eight years.

The now adult victim has indicated that she wishes for the man’s name to be published, but a controversial Court of Appeal ruling last November in relation to child victims of crime means this cannot be done without an order from the court.

The jail term imposed on the man, who was found guilty in 2015 of multiple rapes of another young girl, will be consecutive to the 15-year term he is ….read more

A serial child abuser has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual assaults on a young boy over 18 years ago.

Justice Michael White noted that Kevin Brazil (51) was first questioned about and admitted to the abuse of this boy and another victim in 2002 but that, inexplicably, the then investigating garda did not send the file forward for prosecution.

Brazil molested the 12-year-old boy in his flat after coaxing him up with the promise of letting him use high-end electronic gadgets.

The victim told gardai that Brazil psychologically tortured him by threatening to tell his friends what had ….read more

A 28-year-old man has admitted murdering an 11-year-old boy in the south-west of the country over a year ago.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today via video-link from prison.

He pleaded guilty to murdering the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, in the south-west of the country on November 3, 2019.

At today’s brief hearing, prosecution counsel Michael Delaney SC told Mr Justice Michael White that the victim was an 11-year-old boy and therefore his name could not be reported.

Section 252 of the Children Act, ….read more

By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

A man who blindfolded his younger half-sister when they were both children and sexually abused her has been remanded on bail pending sentence later this month.

The 29-year-old Wexford man, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, pleaded guilty to two charges of orally raping his half-sister at their father’s home on dates between September 2006 and September 2008.

A local garda detective told the court that the man, who was nine years older than his half-sister, sexually abused her by putting his penis into her mouth during a game in which he persuaded her ….read more

A convicted child abuser is to be sentenced next month for multiple attacks on a young boy 18 years ago.

Kevin Brazil (51) molested the 12-year-old in his flat after coaxing him up with the promise of letting him use high-end electronic gadgets there.

The victim later told gardai that Brazil psychologically tortured him by threatening to tell his friends what had happened in the flat if he didn’t come to the flat again and carry out further sexual acts.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Brazil was first questioned in 2002 about the offending and made admissions to gardai at Rathmines Garda ….read more

A 49-year-old man has pleaded guilty to helping facilitate the attempted murder of Lee Boylan, who was shot several times in west Dublin nearly two years ago.

Alan Graham, of Davin Gardens, Cahirdavin, Limerick was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court via video link from Mountjoy Prison this morning.

He pleaded guilty to having knowledge of the existence of a criminal organisation and participating in activities with the intention of facilitating the commission by the criminal organisation of the offence of attempted murder of Lee Boylan or being reckless as to same at Blakestown Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 on March 6, ….read more

A teenager has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a violent incident which resulted in a fatality in Cork in January last year.

The 19-year-old, who cannot be named at this point for legal reasons, was due to go on trial on charges relating to the incident in Cork City on January 16, 2020.

The juvenile appeared before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today and entered guilty pleas to two counts.

He pleaded guilty to violent disorder and to production of a knife in a manner likely to intimidate another on January 16, 2020.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott adjourned the case to March ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

The trial of a 55-year-old man accused of murdering a Co Galway pensioner was unable to go ahead at the Central Criminal Court today as scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic gripping the country.

Michael Scott from Gortanumera in Portumna is charged with the murder of Chrissie Treacy, from Portumna, on April 27, 2018.

The 75-year-old, who lived alone at Boula in Portumna, was found dead at her farm nearly three years ago.

Mr Scott’s trial, along with other murder trials listed to begin before the Central Criminal Court today, has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions ….read more

(Pictured: Garda murderer Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

On an afternoon in January 2013, Aaron Brady sat calmly on a roadside barrier as he gave detailed lies to Sergeant John Moroney distancing himself from a crime that was the subject of every front page and news broadcast that morning.

15 hours earlier, Brady had shot Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in the head with an automatic shotgun, killing him instantly.

Just a few miles away a family and community grieved while Det Gda Donohoe’s colleagues, who had no time to mourn, combed the border region for anything that might help to identify the gunman ….read more

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