Central Criminal Court

A Cork security guard who attempted to rape his younger sister and sexually abused her for nearly two decades has been jailed for six and a half years.

Andrew Healy (45), of Garrane Darra, Wilton, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 16 counts of sexually assaulting the child on various dates between 1992 and 2009. The court heard the complainant in the case wishes to waive her anonymity.

The abuse began when the girl was aged around four or five and Healy was aged 15. It took place mostly in their family home in Ballingcollig, Co Cork. Healy ….read more

A 16-year-old boy who stabbed Uransetseg Tserendorj as she walked home from work in Dublin’s city centre has been found guilty of her murder following a retrial at the Central Criminal Court.

A reduced jury panel of six men and five women returned a 10-1 majority verdict at the Central Criminal Court on Friday afternoon on what was their fourth day of deliberations in the case.

The accused, who was 14 at the time of the offence and cannot be named because he is a minor, had denied the murder of Ms Tserendorj but had pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on January ….read more

Ulambayer Surenkhor did not even stop to change his slippers as he left home. It was just after 9:30pm, and he had taken a phone call from his wife saying that she had been stabbed in the neck.

When he arrived at the taxi rank at Dublin’s Connolly Station, he found his wife Urantsetseg applying pressure to a wound that was bleeding profusely.  

“I am dying, what should we do?” she asked him. “I’m dying,” she repeated. 

When an ambulance arrived, Ms Tserendorj was very frightened. Her hand shook as she told her husband: “My head is exploding.” Urantsetseg was also ….read more

by IINA Reporters

The judge in the retrial of the teenage boy who has been convicted of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj ruled that a key piece of witness evidence that was excluded from the original trial should go before the jury.

Less than half an hour after stabbing Ms Tserendorj on Dublin’s pandemic-quietened streets, the teenager attempted to rob another woman, Tayo Odelade, before taking out a knife and telling her: “That could have ended a lot worse for you.”

In ruling on the admissibility of the evidence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said it was his view that this showed a deliberate decision by ….read more

By Eimear Dodd

Two teenage boys who trapped, attacked and stole a girl’s phone in an attempt to force her to perform oral sex have been warned they may face a period of detention when their case is finalised next month.

The two boys and the victim are all now aged 17 and no party can be identified because they are legally minors.

The first boy pleaded guilty to attempted oral rape, four counts of sexual assault and one count of assault causing harm on February 6, 2020 at a location in Co Limerick. He had just turned 15 at the time ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Photo: Collins)

A Central Criminal Court judge has told the the jury in the trial of Stephen Silver, who denies murdering Detective Garda Colm Horkan, that they must use “common sense” in weighing the evidence of two consultant psychiatrists who differed on the accused man’s mental state at the time he shot the detective.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the seven men and five women that they are not bound by the expert evidence and they are entitled to prefer one psychiatrist’s evidence over another.

He told them that this is not “trial by expert, this is ….read more

The jury in the murder trial of the teenager who stabbed Mongolian national Urantsetseg Tserendorj as she walked home from work will continue their deliberations for a fourth day tomorrow.

It is now an 11-person panel of six men and five women, as one juror has been excused due to medical reasons. Mr Justice Tony Hunt said he had considered adjourning the case until tomorrow to allow a 12-person jury to continue but the juror in question said they were not confident of being able to perform their duty on the following day.

Mr Justice Hunt had told the jury ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Stephen Silver. Photo: Collins)

It would be “unsafe” to convict Stephen Silver of the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan given the evidence that he was suffering from a relapse of his mental disorder at the time of the shooting, a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

Roisin Lacey SC, for Mr Silver’s defence, in her closing speech asked the jury to consider the evidence of consultant psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright, who told the trial that Mr Silver’s responsibility for the shooting was diminished by a relapse of his bipolar affective disorder.

Ms Lacey said there is no doubt that ….read more

A lawyer for Stephen Silver, who denies murdering Detective Garda Colm Horkan, has questioned whether the prosecution has proven that the deceased was actually a member of An Garda Siochana.

Roisin Lacey SC told the jury that to prove the charge against her client, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Gda Horkan was a member “acting in accordance with his duty”.

She said the prosecution had provided no explanation for a discrepancy between the date when Gda Horkan’s identification card was issued and the date on which he was said to have been attested as a garda.

Ms ….read more

The jury in the trial of a 16-year-old boy charged with the murder of Mongolian national Urantsetseg Tserendorj will continue their deliberations for a third day tomorrow.

As part of their deliberations, the jury of six men and six women requested transcripts of evidence heard during the trial at the Central Criminal Court, as well as the closing statements of the prosecution and the defence, and the judge’s directions.

The transcripts of the evidence they requested were that of Ms Tserendorj’s husband, Ulambayer Surenkhor, and that of Ms Tayo Odelade, who the accused attempted to rob on the same ….read more

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