Central Criminal Court

A man accused of stabbing his partner’s lover to death after catching her cheating told gardai that the deceased came at him with a knife and, “it was either him or me that was getting stabbed,” a murder trial has heard.

Keith Connorton (40) said he managed to turn the knife around and stab 32-year-old Graham McKeever at the accused’s home at Deerpark Avenue, Tallaght on February 18, 2017. Mr Connorton has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr McKeever and is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Defence counsel, Michael O’Higgins SC, was cross examining the accused man’s partner Claire McGrath. ….read more

A doctor accused of murdering her three-year-old autistic son told a garda: “I did it, I stabbed my son and then stabbed myself” when he arrived at the scene, a trial jury has heard.

The garda told the Central Criminal Court that he observed a large amount of blood on Maha Al Adheem’s hands and clothing before he saw the body of her son lying on his back in the middle of a bed.

There were several puncture wounds to the boy’s torso and legs and a silver metal knife was on the bed, he said.

Ms Al Adheem (43) ….read more

One of the teenagers charged with murdering Kildare schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel will be allowed to spend Christmas Day with his grandparents.

The 14-year-old boy is accused of murdering the schoolgirl at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan in Dublin on 14th May this year. Her body was discovered at a disused farmhouse, three days after she was reported missing.

Two teenage boys have been charged with the 14-year-old’s murder and are on bail. They cannot be named because they are minors.

One of the accused was before the Central Criminal Court this morning to have his bail varied over Christmas.

Mr Justice Michael White ….read more

A murder trial jury has heard that a doctor admits stabbing her three-year-old autistic son in their south Dublin home and had told gardai that “a power” had made her go to a drawer and remove a knife.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that the three-year-old boy was stabbed 20 times, mainly to the trunk of his body. Four stab wounds had penetrated his lungs and heart, severing a vital artery, the court heard.

It was during the opening of the trial of Maha Al Adheem that a prosecuting barrister told jury that expert psychiatrists for both the prosecution and defence ….read more

(Pictured: Claire McGrath. Credit: Collins)

A woman in a fatal “love triangle” told the man she cheated with that she loved him and would do anything to have his arms wrapped around her.

Claire McGrath (30) has been giving evidence in the Central Criminal Court trial of 40-year-old Keith Connorton, of Deerpark Avenue, Tallaght. Mr Connorton has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Graham McKeever (32) at the accused man’s home on February 18, 2017.

Ms McGrath has told the trial she was in a relationship with the accused for three years but invited the deceased to stay at their home ….read more

(Pictured: Patrick Nevin. Credit: Collins)

A serial sex offender who attacked three women in the space of eleven days after meeting them through the Tinder dating app will be sentenced next May.

Patrick Nevin (37) attacked the women during their first meeting after they had being texting each other on Tinder and over the mobile phone.

Nevin, with previous addresses at Meadowlands Court, Mounttown Road, Dún Laoghaire and Dundalk, Co Louth, picked up one victim at her home before driving to a secluded spot in north Dublin.

After some kissing Nevin moved on top of her but the victim said she did not want ….read more

A date has been set for the trial of a 44-year-old man, charged with murdering another man in west Cork more than seven years ago.

Ciprian Grozavu is charged with murdering 27-year-old Jonathan Duke at Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon on 13th November, 2011.

He was before the Central Criminal Court today to receive a date for his trial before a judge and jury.

Mr Justice Michael White listed it for 4th November, 2019. It will take place in Dublin and is expected to last two weeks.

Mr Justice White told him that he would list it before then, if any dates became ….read more

(Pictured: Victim Kenneth O’Brien. Credit: Collins)

A trial date has been set for a man charged with disposing of the chainsaw used by his father to dismember the body of a murdered man.

Paul Wells Junior (33), of Beatty Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Paul Wells Snr, by disposing of a chainsaw on January 19th or 20th in 2016 in Co Kildare.

His 50-year-old father of Barnamore Park, Finglas in Dublin was jailed for life last month for murdering Kenneth O’Brien on January 15th or 16th that year.

Wells Snr admitted that, after shooting the 33-year-old ….read more

A 43-year-old Kuwaiti woman will go on trial this afternoon, accused of murdering her three-year-old son at their south Dublin home over a year ago.

Maha Al Adheem, with an address at Riverside, Poddle Park, Kimmage, Dublin 12 is charged with murdering Omar Omran on July 10, 2017 at the same address.

Wearing a black headscarf and dressed in a light blue top, Ms Al Adheem stood up when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

When the registrar read the indictment to the accused and asked her how she was pleading, she replied: “Not guilty”.

A jury of nine men and three ….read more

(Pictured: Witness Claire McGrath. Credit: Collins)

A woman who says she saw her lover being stabbed to death by her boyfriend has told a murder trial that parts of her original statements to gardai were not true and that she “hated” her boyfriend at the time.

Claire McGrath said she was back with the accused within days of the fatal “love triangle” stabbing and despite their difficulties she still loves him. But she denied that she changed her account, given in front of a jury last Tuesday, because she loves him.

Ms McGrath (30) has been giving evidence in the trial of 40-year-old ….read more

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