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Special Criminal Court

Alleged gunman 'up to his neck' in David Douglas murder, State say

Special Criminal Court

The man alleged to have been the gunman who “executed” David Douglas five years ago was “crucially and significantly” involved in the planning of the murder and was “up to his neck in the enterprise”, the judges of the Special Criminal Court have been told.

Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, stressed that the actions of 31-year-old Lee Canavan could not be “divorced” from the actions of Freddie Thompson, Gareth Brophy and Nathan Foley, who have all been jailed in connection with the murder of Dublin man Mr Douglas.

Mr Canavan, with an address at Edenbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, has pleaded not guilty ….read more

Pat Carey

Pat Carey claims privacy breached in 2015 articles about sex abuse investigation

High Court

(File Picture: Mr Pat Carey. Credit: Collins)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey claims his privacy and confidentiality were breached in articles published in 2015 concerning a Garda investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving an ex-government Minister.

Mr Carey was not named in the reports but claims he had to make a public statement, rejecting the innuendo that surrounded him following their publication, and had to step down from roles he held at the time.

Following the conclusion of the Garda investigation the DPP informed Mr Carey, who at all times strongly rejected any allegation of wrong doing, that no charges ….read more

justice new

Mentally ill murder accused to remain in prison until bed becomes available

Court of Appeal

A man who needs treatment at the Central Mental Hospital while he awaits trial for an alleged murder will remain in prison until a bed becomes available, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Lawyers for the 26-year-old, who cannot be named by order of the High Court, had argued that his detention in prison was unlawful given that consultant psychiatrist Dr Conor O’Neill has said that the only appropriate place to treat him is at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH).

Due to a shortage of beds he is being held in Cloverhill Prison, the court heard.

Ms Justice Niamh Hyland at the ….read more


Key ID evidence admissible in Douglas murder trial

Special Criminal Court

Judges at the Special Criminal Court trial of a man accused of murdering David Douglas five years ago have ruled that key identification evidence, including that placing the accused in the company of Freddie Thompson, is admissible.

Garda Patrick McAvinue and Detective Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw gave recognition evidence in the trial of 31-year-old Lee Canavan at the non-jury court last week identifying the accused in CCTV footage taken on the day of the killing.

Gda McAvinue testified that it was Mr Canavan getting out of a Ford Fiesta on the morning of the killing, which the State have described as one of ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Paramilitaries shot man for abusing stepdaughter (12)

Central Criminal Court

Northern Ireland paramilitaries shot a man in the legs after they became aware he was sexually abusing his 12-year-old stepdaughter, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The man, who had groomed the victim into believing they were in a relationship, has been jailed for seven years.

The 46-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the girl, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of oral rape and one count of rape using an object between May 2017 and December 2018 at locations in Ulster and Northern Ireland.

The child was aged between 12 and 13 at ….read more

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