Special Criminal Court

Two men accused of having a revolver and ammunition and of involvement with a criminal organisation are to have their trials heard before the non-jury Special Criminal Court after a successful application by the State.

Ryan Kelly (32) of Captain’s Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12, is accused of possessing a .38 Special Smith & Wesson revolver and five rounds of .38 Special calibre ammunition at Captain’s Road on November 11, 2021. Both offences are contrary to Section 27 (A) of the Firearms Act.

Anthony Walker (52) of Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8, is also accused of possession of a Smith & Wesson revolver and ….read more

An appeal by former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall against the High Court’s refusal to overturn a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to try him for the Regency Hotel murder at the Special Criminal Court (SCC) has been struck out by the Court of Appeal.

Dowdall (44), of Navan Road, Dublin, and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch (58) – who was extradited from Spain last September – are both charged with the murder of David Byrne (33) at the hotel in Whitehall, Dublin, on February 5, 2016.

They are due to stand trial at the non-jury ….read more

A man charged with the robbery at Lordship Credit Union in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead has been refused bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Brendan Treanor’s (34) lawyers had argued that it was an offence to his dignity to keep him in custody away from his newborn son in circumstances where his trial has been put back to January of next year.

Delivering the ruling of the three-judge court this morning, Mr Justice Michael MacGrath said today he is satisfied that there is a real risk of interference with witnesses if Mr Treanor is granted bail. He said ….read more

A man left in a “vegetative state” after he was shot several times in the chest and head – and who died a year later after never recovering consciousness – would probably have died at the scene if it weren’t for the assistance of paramedics, a murder trial was told today.

A 33-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons but is referred to as ‘AB’ by lawyers, and Bernard Fogarty (34), with an address at Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, Coolock, Dublin 5, both deny the murder of Barry Wolverson at Madigan’s Yard, Kileek Lane, Swords, Co Dublin, on January ….read more

Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, who is accused of the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, is to seek a pre-trial hearing as well as an application to dismiss the charge against him, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Hutch, today told the non-jury court that his client is seeking a separate pre-trial hearing which could be heard later next month.

Mr Hutch (58), who is in custody, was not present in court for today’s hearing.

The three-judge court has to first determine a preliminary issue as to ….read more

The trial has begun at the Special Criminal Court of two Dublin men accused of murdering a man who was shot a number of times in 2020 and who later died after being in a comatose state for a year.

Today the three-judge court heard the opening statement of the prosecution, in what is described as a “circumstantial” case against the two males, who were arrested minutes after the killing of Barry Wolverson in Swords, Co Dublin.

A 33-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons but is referred to as ‘AB’, and Bernard Fogarty (34), with an address at Cromcastle ….read more

A man accused of a robbery in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead has seen “shockingly little” of his newborn son as he has been in custody having been refused bail, a barrister has told the High Court.

Sean Guerin SC said it “offends the dignity” of his client, Brendan Treanor, to refuse him bail and keep him away from his son and family in circumstances where his trial was supposed to begin in October but has been put back to January next year.

He suggested that a “strict regime” of conditions could be attached to bail.

Brendan Grehan SC, ….read more

A bid by Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, who is accused of the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, to dismiss the charge against him has been adjourned at the Special Criminal Court until next week.

Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Hutch, today told the three-judge court that his legal team was in a position to proceed with the application. However, the matter was adjourned until Monday as one of the three judges was unavailable.

Mr Hutch (58), who is in custody, was present in court for today’s brief hearing with a full ….read more

DNA evidence relied upon by the State does not prove that a man accused of murdering Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub was actually one of three men involved, a barrister has told the Special Criminal Court.

Michael Bowman SC today told the three-judge, non-jury court that the State’s evidence against his client Christopher Slator falls short and amounts to nothing more than suspicion.

He said that DNA matching Mr Slator’s found on one of three masks and a pair of runners in the back seat of the getaway car does not prove that Mr Slator was part of the ….read more

(File Picture: Thomas Rooney. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has ordered the seizure of a Mercedes worth an estimated €50,000 from an “international crime gang” member who was involved in moving hundreds of thousands of euro in an “industrial scale” money laundering operation.

Thomas Rooney (52), of Betaghstown, Bettystown, Co Meath pleaded guilty last year to offences under Section 7 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing) Act 2010. He was found in possession of €289,770 and £65,025 (€77,000) in crime cash in a blue Nike holdall at Spar car park, Donore Road, Drogheda on May 11, 2020.

Rooney, ….read more

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