Central Criminal Court

A 22-year-old man charged with murdering two men and attempting to murder another one in Sligo will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in November next year.

Yousef Palani of Markievicz Heights in Sligo is charged with the murder of Aidan Moffitt at Carton Heights in Sligo on April 10 this year.

Mr Palani is also charged with murdering Michael Snee at City View, Connaughton Road, in the town two days later on April 12.

He is further charged with attempting to murder another man at Cleveragh Road in Sligo on April 9 last.

Today Mr Justice Paul McDermott fixed a date ….read more

A 39-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering a father of seven nearly three years ago by reason of insanity.

Mother-of-three Christina Anderson of Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Gareth Kelly (39), who died from stab wounds following an incident at the estate on the morning of February 25, 2020.

Wearing a black and yellow dress, Ms Anderson was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

When the registrar read the single count on the indictment to the accused and asked her how she was pleading, she replied: “Not guilty by reason of insanity”.

A jury ….read more

A witness has described to the Central Criminal Court the moment he found the dead body of a teenager while taking his dogs for a morning walk.

“I looked up and saw the body. I walked over and said hello, thinking it was someone who was drunk and fell asleep,” witness David Shiels told the trial of the man accused of murdering 18-year-old Cameron Reilly.

Doctor Alan Moran, who pronounced the deceased dead at the scene, also gave evidence today that gardaí made him aware of a fabric strip that was found 100 yards from the body in a field at Shamrock ….read more

Vincent Parsons, who was allegedly beaten to death outside a pub after he became drunk and “messy” at a stag do, was never aggressive and didn’t have a “bad bone in his body”, the deceased’s brother told the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Daniel Parsons told prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines SC that he was with his brother and other friends and family in the Killinarden Inn in Tallaght at a stag do for Thomas Brown, who was to marry their sister.

Daniel arrived between 8.30pm and 9pm and found the rest of the stag goers drinking pints, “having a laugh and ….read more

The Central Criminal Court trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Mayo in 2019, which was due to begin in December, has been postponed until March of next year.

James Kilroy (48) of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, is accused of the murder of mother-of-three Valerie French Kilroy (41) at their home in June 2019.

In July of this year, Mr Justice David Keane fixed a date of December 12 for the trial, which had then been expected to last three-to-four days at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

At the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Paul McDermott ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Diarmuid Phelan. Photo: Collins)

A date has been set for the trial of a senior barrister accused of murdering a man in a shooting at a farm in Dublin.

Diarmuid Phelan, of Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght, County Dublin, will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court on May 29, 2024. The 53-year-old law professor is charged with the murder of Keith Conlon at Hazelgrove Farm, Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght, on February 22, 2022.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott fixed Mr Phelan’s when the case was brought up at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Conlon, a father-of-four from Kiltalown Park in Tallaght, ….read more

Teenager Cameron Reilly had been socialising with the man accused of his murder the night before he was found dead in a field in Dunleer, County Louth four years ago, a trial at the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Opening the case for the State this afternoon, Dean Kelly SC told the jury of seven women and five men that the accused, Aaron Connolly and the deceased Mr Cameron were part of a large group of about 15 or 16 young people who were socialising in a field in the town on the night of Friday, May 25, 2018.

He said ….read more

A 34-year-old father-of-two was beaten to death after he had too much to drink at a stag do, became “messy” and irritated one of the two men accused of his murder, a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

Lorcan Staines SC opened the case for the prosecution in the trial of Philip Disney (27) and Sean Carlyle (30) who deny murdering Vincent Parsons at Killinarden Way, near the Killinarden Inn in Tallaght on August 26, 2019.

Mr Staines said the deceased had been drinking for several hours at a friend’s stag do when he became “messy”, started hugging people and began ….read more

By Eimear Dodd

A teenager who followed a 15-year-old girl, repeatedly raped her outside her home and asked to record the sustained attack on his phone has been jailed for three years.

Roy Sugaton (19), formerly of Ferndale, Navan, Co Meath pleaded guilty to one count of oral rape at a location on November 28, 2019. He has no previous convictions and was aged 16 at the time of the offending. The victim was aged 15.

During a hearing to finalise sentencing at the Central Criminal Court today, Ms Justice Karen O’Connor said that this was a horrible ordeal for the victim.

Ms Justice ….read more

A man has pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court this morning to murdering a 72-year-old grandmother whose body was found in a burning car.

Michael Leonard (63) of Hillcrest, Glenosheen, Kilmallock, Co Limerick appeared in court for a brief arraignment this morning at which he responded, “guilty”, to the charge that he murdered Mary O’Keeffe at Doneraile, Co Cork on February 4 last year.

The court did not hear any evidence regarding the murder as Mr Justice Paul McDermott adjourned sentencing until December 14, when Ms O’Keefe’s family will have an opportunity to make an impact statement.

At a bail hearing last ….read more

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