Central Criminal Court

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

A jury has been sworn in to hear the trial of two men accused of murdering a father-of-two who died following a night out in Dublin in August 2019.

Sean Carlyle (30), with an address at Donomore Avenue, Tallaght and Philip Disney (27) of Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, are charged with the murder of Vincent Parsons at Killinarden Way, Tallaght on August 26, 2019.

The two men were arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this afternoon, where each replied not guilty when the charge of murder was put to them by the registrar.

Mr Justice Kerida Naidoo told potential jurors that ….read more

Two gardai have described the life-changing impact of an ordeal in which they were forced to take cover behind the wheel of their patrol car for nearly 30 minutes after a gunman fired at them without warning using a semi-automatic pistol and a sub-machine gun.

One of the garda victims told the Central Criminal Court that it had helped him to speak to a colleague who had also been shot but he hopes that he will never have to do the same for another colleague. He added: “I fear that is wishful thinking though, the way society is going and the ….read more

A 22-year-old man will go on trial tomorrow accused of murdering Louth teenager Cameron Reilly more than four years ago.

Aaron Connolly, Willistown, Drumcar has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the 18-year-old at Shamrock Hill, Dunleer on May 26, 2018.

At the Central Criminal Court this afternoon, Mr Connolly replied: “Not guilty” when the single charge or murder was put to him by the registrar.

Before the jury was empanelled, Mr Justice Kerida Naidoo told potential jurors that if they know anything about the alleged offence, or about the accused Aaron Connolly, or the deceased Cameron Reilly then ….read more

(File Picture: Aaron Brady. Photo: Collins)

A judge at the Central Criminal Court has agreed to release the transcripts of convicted garda killer Aaron Brady’s murder trial to the legal team of another man charged with robbery at Lordship Credit Union on the day Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead.

An application for the release of the transcripts was made by John Berry BL, acting on behalf of Brendan Treanor in the context of Mr Brady’s case.

Mr Treanor (34), with a previous address at Emer Terrace, Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, is charged with participating in a robbery at ….read more

A man with the intellectual capacity of a 14-year-old, who was 16 years old when he raped a girl the same age, has been jailed for two years.

In her victim impact statement, the young woman described how the rape had impacted and changed her life forever and how the whole court process had made her feel like a victim again.

She said the accused had taken her innocence that day and “used her like some rag doll.” She said he had dehumanised her, leaving her to feel shame for something she had no control over.

The court heard the accused man, now ….read more

A 40-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a homeless man who died from injuries sustained in an assault at a tented village in Cork City three years ago.

Christopher O’Sullivan was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of Timothy Hourihane (53) on October 13, 2019 at Mardyke Walk, Cork City.

O’Sullivan had originally been charged with murder and was due to stand trial in Cork on January 30 next year.

The 40-year-old, of no fixed abode, replied “guilty” when the charge of unlawful killing was put to ….read more

A man killed in his own home had his head stamped on by a 35-year-old Waterford man to such an extent that a State pathologist described the injuries as being akin to a traffic accident, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

“The effect was so extreme that he behaved like a beast,” said Mr Justice Tony Hunt of Garrett Smith (35), St John’s Park, Waterford, who denied the murder of Edward O’Sullivan, also known as Liam, in Mr O’Sullivan’s apartment in Kilkenny.

In her victim impact statement, Mr O’Sullivan’s former partner told the court that the family had to have a ….read more

By Isabel Hayes

A former youth worker who sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a teenage boy who was visiting him in his mobile home 10 years ago has been jailed for eight years.

Paul Morris (55) assured the victim’s mother that he was a youth worker when the boy phoned her to ask if he could stay the night in Morris’ trailer, the Central Criminal Court heard.

Following a trial last April, Morris was found guilty by a jury of two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted anal rape at his address in Chianti Park, Tallaght, on dates between ….read more

A father-of-seven has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her younger sister at two south Dublin addresses.

Fathi Abib of Reuben Square Apartments, Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin 8, denied three counts of raping and five counts of sexually assaulting the children over a six-month period in 2016.

The 36-year-old, who was a family friend of the victims, was convicted unanimously by a jury after a trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this month.

Abib was found guilty of raping the 11-year-old girl three times and sexually assaulting her twice, ….read more

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