Central Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A judge at the Central Criminal Court has praised the “impressive behaviour” of a “brave young girl” for immediately reporting that she had been subjected to rape and sexual assault at the age of 13.

Her attacker, who cannot be identified to protect the anonymity of the victim, pleaded guilty to one count of oral rape and one count of sexual assault on September 2, 2019.

The victim was 13 and staying in the home of a relative where the defendant, then aged 19, was also present.

Ms Justice Tara Burns said the offences were “extremely serious” and she imposed ….read more

DNA evidence on a mask and a pair of runners found in the back of a car used by the men who shot Michael Barr dead at the Sunset House pub in 2016 is enough to convict a third man of the murder, the Special Criminal Court has found.

Christopher Slator (37) had denied Mr Barr’s murder and his lawyers argued that the prosecution had failed to prove that there was no innocent explanation for how his DNA ended up on the mask and runners.

The three-judge, non-jury court today rejected their arguments, saying there is no rational explanation for his ….read more

By Claire Henry

A 17-year-old boy awaiting his Leaving Certificate results has had a sentence of two years detention deferred after admitting the oral rape and attempted oral rape of his younger cousin several years ago.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath deferred the sentence for one year to allow the boy engage with the probation and other services. He said if the accused complies the term may be suspended.

The Central Criminal Court heard that a complaint was made to gardaí in May 2020 by the mother of a child who had confided in her that his cousin had made him “touch his willy.”

The ….read more

(Pictured: Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A young man who stabbed a fisherman who had smashed the front window of his home and entered in the early hours of the morning has been acquitted of his murder but found guilty of manslaughter by a unanimous jury verdict after a retrial at the Central Criminal Court.

The jury of seven women and four men took just under six hours to come to their verdict following the trial of Dean Kerrie (21), who denied murdering Jack Power. The accused, who was 17 at the time, said that Mr Power had entered his home after 3am ….read more

Holy Water

The teenage boy told the sergeant that he was sorry. Crouched in the corner of his kitchen, clutching a bottle of holy water, Dean Kerrie had repeated: “He should not have come into my house.”

It was clear there had been violence at the boy’s home in Dunmore East. Garda witnesses told the Central Criminal Court that when they arrived, they saw that most of the front windows had been broken from the outside in. There was a damaged, blood-smeared chair in the hallway, with one of its legs being found in the attic, where Kerrie had also hidden his ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A murder trial jury at the Central Criminal Court must consider whether a then 17-year-old boy used reasonable force when a fisherman came into his home in the early hours of the morning and was stabbed in the chest.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the seven men and four women that there are three verdicts available in the trial of Dean Kerrie, who denies murdering Jack Power. He said they must first consider whether he honestly believed that Mr Power had entered his home as a trespasser intending to commit a criminal act. Secondly they ….read more

(Pictured: Garda Alan Murphy. Photo: Collins)

Two brothers who tried to “butcher” a member of An Garda Siochana “like an animal” have received combined jail sentences totalling eight-and-a-half years at the Central Criminal Court.

The court was previously told that Garda Alan Murphy was responding to reports a man had been stabbed in Inchicore, Dublin 8, when he was attacked by the Quinn brothers.

During the incident, Gavin Quinn (28) pinned Gda Murphy to the ground as his younger brother, Lee Quinn (27) tried to stab the uniformed officer in the eye with a six-inch kitchen knife and later slashed him across ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

Closing speeches have been heard in the trial of a young man accused of murdering a fisherman who entered his home in the early hours of the morning four years ago, when the defendant was a teenager.

Dean Kerrie (21) 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. The accused was 17 years old at the time.

Mr Kerrie’s legal team have argued that the accused was acting in self-defence at his family ….read more

A man who “caused so much destruction” by raping and sexually assaulting his daughter will be sentenced later this month.

Patrick Shiels (66) sexually abused and orally raped his daughter, who was aged between four and eight at the time, during visits to his home.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim in this case, Marlene Prakash-Shiels (26), wished to waive her right to anonymity so that the defendant could be named.

Shiels was found guilty of oral rape and four counts of sexual assault on various occasions between September 2000 and December 2004 at his then address in Togher, Portlaoise, Co ….read more

(Pictured: Graham Dwyer. Photo: Collins)

The ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Graham Dwyer’s case that the indiscriminate retention of mobile phone data for use in criminal investigations here is a breach of law, does not automatically mean that such evidence should be excluded, a High Court judge has found.

In the first ruling in an Irish court since the CJEU’s decision, Mr Justice Tony Hunt found that gardai investigating a Dublin murder were entitled to access the killer’s phone records.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the right to privacy cannot extend to participation in criminal ….read more

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