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Full coverage resumes when the higher courts return on Michaelmas term, beginning October 1st.

Aileen Donnelly

Polish Minister’s comments on extradition case “particularly troubling”, High Court judge says

High Court

(File Picture: Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge will ask the Polish authorities to explain how a man facing extradition on drug trafficking charges will get a fair trial, following “troubling” comments by the Polish Deputy Minister of Justice.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly will send a list of questions to Poland after concerns were raised about political interference in the judicial process in Poland and comments by Deputy Minister Marcin Warchol.

Mr Warchol was quoted in various newspapers describing 31-year-old Artur Celmer as a “dangerous criminal from a drug mafia.” Ms Justice Donnelly said this and other comments ….read more

Adrian Nestor

Drunk driver who killed elderly man and injured two gardai is jailed after DPP appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Adrian Nestor. Credit: Collins)

A drunk driver spared jail for colliding with a stationary garda car – killing an elderly pedestrian and injuring two gardaí – has been sent to jail after the Court of Appeal found that the imposition of a community service order was too lenient.

Adrian Nestor (44), from Keamsella, Kilcolgan, Co Galway, was five times over the limit when he collided with a garda car near Ardrahan, in Galway, in the early hours of February 1, 2016.

Liam McDonnell (66) had been reported missing from a nursing home in the area the previous night. Two gardaí ….read more


“Guilty of f**king what”: jury convicts man of murdering two car thieves

Central Criminal Court

A 35-year-old Dubliner shouted “guilty of fucking what” when a jury today convicted him of murdering two car thieves whose bodies were found fused together in a burned-out car.

The jury had been asked to use circumstantial evidence to convict Jason O’Driscoll of Richmond Avenue, Fairview, who pleaded not guilty to murdering 31-year-old Anthony Burnett and 25-year-old Joseph Redmond, in Co. Louth on March 7th, 2012.

The jury of five women and seven men spent more than seven hours considering their verdicts, which the foreman said were by a ten to two majority.

As the judge thanked the jury for their ….read more

Jury room

Jury in double murder trial told they can reach majority verdict

Central Criminal Court

The judge in the trial of a 35-year-old man charged with murdering two fellow Dubliners will tomorrow give the jury further direction in case deliberations become deadlocked. He had earlier told the jurors that they may reach a majority verdict.

Jason O’Driscoll, with an address at Richmond Avenue, Fairview, has been on trial at the Central Criminal Court for the past month. He has pleaded not guilty to murdering 31-year-old Anthony Burnett and 25-year-old Joseph Redmond in Co Louth on March 7th, 2012.

The trial heard that firefighters were called to a burning car in Ravensdale Forest Park shortly before 11 o’clock ….read more

Ryan Bradley3

Teen walks free from court after impeding investigation into murder by brothers

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ryan Bradley. Credit: Collins)

A teenager has walked free from court after receiving a suspended sentence for impeding the investigation into a murder committed by his two older brothers after the victim had shot at their home.

Ryan Bradley (18) of Liscarne Gardens, Dublin 22 had carried out the offence after his brothers, Jason Bradley (20) and Dean Bradley (24), murdered 36-year-old Neill Reilly at Esker Glebe in Lucan, Dublin on January 18, 2017.

All three were charged with murder, along with their father, Paul Bradley (54), and the four men went on trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this year. ….read more

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