Central Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Fiona Ferguson

A child rapist who sexually abused and videoed two of his nieces in their grandparents’ home in an “utter betrayal” of family trust has been given an 11-year sentence with the final two years suspended.

The 25-year-old man threatened both girls that he would share inappropriate images and videos of them online if they told anyone about the abuse and threatened to kill the younger girl’s father, the Central Criminal Court heard.

He also installed a spy camera in the downstairs bathroom of the home he shared with his parents – the girls’ grandparents – in the ….read more

A Dublin man accused of stabbing a homeless man 183 times does not suffer from a mental disorder, a psychiatrist has told a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright said the accused man Philip Dunbar was intoxicated at the time of the alleged offence and if he had not been intoxicated, “he would not have behaved as he did.”

She said Mr Dunbar does not qualify for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity or for diminished responsibility through mental illness.

Philip Dunbar (20), of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24, has pleaded ….read more

A jury considering their verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his partner by strangling her to death after a “binge” drinking session have asked the judge to explain whether intoxication can be a negating factor in the ability to form intent.

Defence counsel Michael O’Higgins SC, with Garrett McCormack BL, submitted in his closing address that Sean Nolan was too drunk to form the intent to murder his partner Amanda Carroll. Mr O’Higgins asked for a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds of lack of intent due to alcohol intoxication and said what had happened to ….read more

A teenager charged with murdering a 65-year-old man in his Kildare home will go on trial in February 2022.

Today the Central Criminal Court fixed the murder trial of Brian Ibe (19) to February 7, 2022, with the trial expected to last three weeks.

Mr Ibe, of no fixed abode and formerly of Moore Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with the murder of Mr Peter Kennedy at the same address on April 28, 2020.

Mr Kennedy suffered injuries at his home on April 28 and died on May 12 of this year.

Mr Ibe had also been charged with assault causing harm and ….read more

(Pictured: Andrew Lacey. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin man accused of the murder of a volunteer who worked with homeless people will go on trial in 2022 at the Central Criminal Court.

Andrew Lacey (32) of Riverside, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, is accused of the murder of Derek Reddin (31), who was found with stab wounds in the early hours of October 15, 2019, at Loughlinstown Drive in south Dublin.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene but Mr Reddin, of Watson Drive, Killiney, was pronounced dead shortly after. Mr Reddin was a volunteer with the You’re Not Alone charity that works with rough sleepers.

Mr ….read more

Two men accused of murdering a homeless man in Cork will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in early 2022.

Christopher O’Sullivan (37), originally from Ballyspillane, Killarney, Co Kerry and more recently of no fixed abode, and James Brady (26), of Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork, are both accused of the murder of Timmy Hourihane, a 53-year-old homeless man from West Cork, at Mardyke Walk in Cork City on October 13, 2019.

Mr Justice Michael White adjourned the matter to January 31, 2022, for a trial expected to last up to three weeks at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

Mr ….read more

A jury will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his partner by strangling her to death in her bedroom after a “binge” drinking session.

The jury of six men and six women has so far spent 55 minutes considering their verdict.

Mr Justice Michael MacGrath concluded his charge to the jurors today in the trial of Sean Nolan (36), with an address at Ashington Crescent, Navan Road in Dublin, who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Amanda Carroll (33) at ….read more

Many of the 183 stab wounds found on the body of a homeless man who suffered from cerebral palsy were deliberately rather than randomly placed and some were possibly inflicted after death, a pathologist has told a murder trial.

Consultant forensic pathologist Dr Carl Gray, of Harrogate District Hospital in the UK, said this “raises the possibility of mental illness or abnormal state of mind in the assailant” who stabbed Adam ‘Floater’ Muldoon.

Philip Dunbar (20) of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24 has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Muldoon (23) at Butler Park in Jobstown Park, Tallaght on ….read more

(Pictured: Trial witness Mr Jason O’Connor. Lawyers today submitted that the jury should have been discharged after an interaction between him and the accused. Credit: Collins)

A murderer in drag who gunned a man down with a sub-machine gun in a busy car park has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Christopher McDonald’s lawyer has argued that the jury should not have heard his reply to arrest: ‘Go F**k yourself’, as it indicated a hardness that would be expected from a professional hitman.

McDonald (37), from the East Wall area of Dublin, was found guilty of murder by unanimous jury verdict at the ….read more

A man will go on trial in 2022 charged with impeding the investigation into the murder of teenager Keane Mulready Woods.

Gerard McKenna (50), of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth is charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of another person in relation to the 17-year-old’s murder last January.

Mr Mulready Woods, from Drogheda, was last seen alive in the town on January 12.

The following day, some of the teenager’s dismembered body parts were found in a holdall in the Moatview area of Coolock in Dublin.

Two days later, his head, hands and feet were found in a burning car in the Drumcondra ….read more

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