Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Kenneth Donohoe. Credit: Collins)

Two Dublin men accused of the murder of gangland figure Eamon Kelly on the north-side of the city in 2012 are connected to the shooting through “nine broad categories of circumstantial evidence” including CCTV footage, fingerprints and firearm residue, the Special Criminal Court heard today.

In his opening speech in the trial of Kenneth Donohoe and Darren Murphy, counsel for the State also told the non-jury court there would be evidence that Mr Donohoe had made “two off the record comments” to gardai in an informal setting, where he said that “he had not ….read more

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Michael O’Higgins SC. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers will this afternoon outline why they say mobile phone evidence should not be used in the trial of four men accused of falsely imprisoning and causing serious harm to Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

The Special Criminal Court has spent two days hearing evidence of the means by which gardai compiled mobile phone data from numbers that are allegedly associated with three of the accused. Michael O’Higgins SC, who represents one of the accused, said he is challenging the mobile phone evidence and will make his arguments today.

A 40-year-old man who ….read more

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Michael O’Higgins SC. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers defending four men accused of falsely imprisoning and causing serious harm to Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) Director Kevin Lunney, are challenging the admissibility of mobile phone evidence that the prosecution has said forms part of its case.

Gardai have told the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court that they obtained phone data from various phones using warrants issued from district courts under Section 10 of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.

Detective Garda Sharon Walsh told Michael O’Higgins SC, for one of the accused, that following a judgement relating to the conviction of ….read more

(Pictured: Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

A man who denies assisting Kevin Lunney’s abductors by buying bleach and providing the site where he was imprisoned and beaten, told gardai, “I have nothing to hide,” when they arrived at his house with a search warrant, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Luke O’Reilly also told gardai that he was “definitely not” involved in the dispute over Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH), of which Mr Lunney is a director, and wouldn’t know Kevin Lunney if he met him.

Gardai arrived at Luke O’Reilly’s home at about 1pm on September 20, 2019, three days after Mr Lunney had ….read more

(Pictured: Accused Mr Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney feared that nobody would come to help as he dragged himself along a country road, shivering from the cold, with a broken leg, knife wounds to his chest, and blood dripping from his face, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Mr Lunney (52) had been stripped to his boxer shorts before his attackers abandoned him on the side of a dark, country road at about 9pm on a September night.

Giving evidence at the trial of four men accused of falsely imprisoning him and causing him serious harm, Mr ….read more

(Pictured: Lee Canavan. Credit: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has jailed Dublin man Lee Canavan for life for his role in the murder of David ‘Daithí’ Douglas, who was “executed” at a city centre shoe shop five years ago.

In passing judgement last month, the three-judge court ruled that Canavan (32) was part of a joint enterprise or shared intention to murder Mr Douglas in what was described as a “meticulously planned execution”.

However, the non-jury court did not agree with the State’s contention that Canavan was “the person who literally pulled the trigger”, owing to a lack of forensic or identification evidence.

Mr ….read more

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Brendan Grehan SC. Credit: Collins)

Two men will go on trial for the murder of gangland figure Eamon Kelly at the Special Criminal Court next week after their application to get their cases moved away from the three-judge, non-jury court failed this morning.

Lawyers for the two men argued that the court was a de-facto permanent court but had only been established as an emergency court in 1972 and therefore did not have the jurisdiction to hear the cases. They also argued that the human rights of their clients could arguably be being breached by not having their ….read more

(Pictured: Accused Mr Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

Kevin Lunney was told to resign from Quinn Industrial Holdings by attackers who threatened to kill him, broke his leg and used a Stanley blade to “score his chest”, the Special Criminal Court has heard. The attackers, the court also heard, were acting “on behalf of another or others”.

The trial of the four men who deny falsely imprisoning and causing serious harm to Mr Lunney will hear CCTV, DNA, phone location data and other circumstantial evidence from about 250 witnesses, a barrister told the non-jury court this morning.

Prosecution counsel, Sean Guerin SC, said ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has rejected arguments that it has no jurisdiction to hear the trial of four men accused of causing serious harm to Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

Michael O’Higgins SC, for one of the four accused, said the court has become a “permanent and perpetual” structure that is not permitted by the legislation that brought it into existence. He said the democratic process “has been rescinded and replaced by an ad hoc expansion” whereby the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), a civil servant, decides who should be tried before the three-judge, ….read more

The Special Criminal Court trial of four men accused of falsely imprisoning Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney has been delayed as lawyers prepare legal arguments in advance of the trial opening.

Sean Guerin SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, today told the three-judge, non-jury court that a matter of law must be dealt with before the trial can go ahead.

Michael O’Higgins SC, for one of the four accused, will bring an application before the court tomorrow relating to “jurisdictional matters”. Mr Guerin said the argument will take about one day. The court has already dismissed applications brought in ….read more

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