Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man has been found guilty of murdering a drug dealer by shooting him three times while he pushed his four-month-old son in a pram in broad daylight.

The jury of seven men and four women took just over three hours to find that Wayne Cooney was the cyclist who circled Jordan Davis for three days like a “shark moving towards its prey” before firing eight shots at him from a 9mm pistol.

Mr Davis suffered three gunshot wounds including one to the head that killed him instantly. A child who happened to be cycling through the lane was just a ….read more

(Pictured: Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis. Photo: Collins)

A man who entered a teenage boy’s home in Waterford in the early hours of the morning almost four years ago died from “massive, catastrophic” blood loss caused by a 13cm stab wound to his chest, a murder trial has heard.

Jack Power died of the wound at a house in Shanakiel, Dunmore East, in the early hours of July 26, 2018. The Central Criminal Court is hearing the trial of Dean Kerrie (21), with a current address at St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington in Co Laois, who has pleaded not guilty to ….read more

A man accused of shooting dead a dad-of-one as he pushed his four-month-old son in a pram could be found guilty of the lesser offence of impeding the murder investigation, a jury at the Central Criminal Court has been told.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the seven men and four women that if they find the prosecution has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 31-year-old Wayne Cooney murdered Jordan Davis, they could find that he impeded the arrest or prosecution of the murderer by taking away a body warmer that the shooter disposed of in a laneway.

He said ….read more

A 13-year-old girl pushed her bed up against her bedroom door after a sexual assault by her half-brother so that he would not get back in, a court has heard.

The woman described how she told her then 18 or 19 year old brother that she was going to “tell mammy or the guards” and had cried all night following the assault until her eyes were raw.

The 40-year-old accused man, who cannot be named to protect his sister’s identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the sexual assault at the victim’s family home on a date in 2001.

A local ….read more

A man who repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted his young son, beginning when the child was just 12 months old, has been jailed for nine years.

At the man’s sentence hearing last week, Mr Justice David Keane had commented that the authors of character references should come to court and makes themselves available for cross-examination.

Lawyers for the 39-year-old Tipperary man had asked the court to consider references from the man’s current partner and his parents. The man is in a long term relationship and has other children with this woman.

Mr Justice Keane said that it was difficult to see what weight ….read more

A gunman who cycled up behind a father-of-one and shot him dead as he pushed a pram containing his four-month-old son is “undoubtedly guilty of murder,” a judge has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

The issue for them to resolve, Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the seven men and four women, is whether the cyclist was the accused man Wayne Cooney.

Mr Cooney (31), with an address at Glenshane Drive in Tallaght, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jordan Davis (22) at a lane-way beside Our Lady of Immaculate National School in Darndale in Dublin on May ….read more

A Co Clare man accused of the murder of mother-of-two Sharon Bennett will go on trial in October at the Central Criminal Court.

Patrick Ballard (35), formerly of Ashford Court Hotel, Ennis, is accused of the murder of Ms Bennett (29) in the Market area of Ennis on Thursday, January 28, 2021. He had been initially charged with assault causing harm on the deceased.

However, Ms Bennett died 13 days later at University Hospital Limerick. In March 2021, the assault charge was withdrawn by the State and a murder charge was brought against Mr Ballard.

Mr Ballard and Ms Bennett were in a ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A teenager was holding a bottle of holy water when he told a garda that he had stabbed a fisherman who he said had come into his house, grabbed his mother and was “punching and swinging kicks”, a murder trial has heard.

Dean Kerrie (20) with an address at St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington in Co Laois has pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Jack Power at Shanakiel, Dunmore East, Co Waterford on July 26, 2018, when he was 17.

Giving evidence today, Sergeant Pat Kenny told Michael Delaney SC, prosecuting, that all the front windows on ….read more

A man who denies shooting dead a dad-of-one as he pushed his four-month-old son in a pram is either guilty of the murder or is the “most unlucky person ever”, a barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

Prosecution counsel Bernard Condon SC delivered his closing speech this morning, telling the jury that he is asking them to infer that Wayne Cooney is the man who fired eight bullets, three of which “catastrophically injured Jordan Davis”.

Counsel said the “succession of coincidences and strange events that have collided in this case are such that either it is Wayne ….read more

(Pictured: Witness Mr Christopher Lee, who gave evidence today. Photo: Collins)

A teenager “deliberately killed” a fisherman by stabbing him in the chest after the man entered the boy’s home in the early hours of the morning, the deceased’s best friend has told the Central Criminal Court.

Eye witness Christopher Lee denied that Jack Power had forcibly pushed in the front door of the Kerrie house that night and said that then-17-year-old Dean Kerrie had to make up lies “to get away with it”.

When it was suggested to the witness by the defendant’s barrister that he had a dislike of ….read more

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