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John OKeeffe

"Unacceptable" that dangerous mentally ill man lived "just doors down", victim's parents tell court

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: John O’Keeffe (L) spokesperson for the Loughlin family, Michael Loughlin (R) father of Jimmy Loughlin, speaking outside court. Credit: Collins)

The parents of a man beaten to death by a neighbour who was undergoing a psychotic episode have told the Central Criminal Court it is “unacceptable” that someone so dangerous and known to mental health services was living just a few doors from their “defenceless” son.

It emerged during the trial that a psychiatrist previously had concerns that the man responsible for the killing was at risk of murdering someone due to his delusional beliefs.

Following a verdict of not guilty by ….read more

Christopher Gannon

Man twice attacked former partner at children's hospital

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Christopher Gannon. Credit: Collins)

A man twice attacked his former partner while she attended a children’s hospital with their son, a court has heard.

Christopher Gannon (35) of Ballyfermot Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, on October 6, 2018.

Garda Sergeant Graham Weeks told Caroline Cummings BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question the accused’s former partner attended the hospital with their son who required treatment.

Gannon arrived with his brother in an “irate state”, burst into the room and started punching the woman in her head numerous ….read more

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Wexford man will be jailed if he fails to abide by court order

High Court

A Co Wexford man has been given a week by a High Court judge to decide if he will comply with a court order not to interfere with a property in receivership.

In adjourning the case, Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds said she will jail Arthur O’Neill unless he abides with the orders regarding a property located at Askinvillar Upper, Kiltealy, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

The judge told the father of three that the terms of an injunction granted by Mr Justice Senan Allen in favour of receiver Mr Ken Fennell against Mr O’Neill last March were “crystal clear” and that he ….read more

Paula Farrell3

Murder accused allegedly told teens not to call ambulance, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A murder trial has heard that a Louth woman allegedly told teenagers not to call an ambulance after the wounded boyfriend she admits killing asked them to do so.

The Central Criminal Court jury was hearing the opening speech in the trial of the 46-year-old, who is charged with murdering the 30-year-old in her Louth home on New Year’s morning five years ago.

Paula Farrell, of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Wayne McQuillan, but guilty to his manslaughter by stabbing him four times at that address on January 1, 2014.

The plea was not ….read more

Joseph Heffernan

Gambling addict staged salon burglary to cover up theft

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Joseph Heffernan. Credit: Collins)

A man staged a burglary to cover up his theft from two employees of the salon owned by his then partner, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that although the owner of the salon did not wish to make a formal complaint against him, the two were no longer in a relationship.

Joseph Heffernan (43) of Sean O Casey Avenue, Dublin, pleaded guilty to theft and making a false statement to gardaí at Body & Soul Salon, Wynnefield Road, Rathmines, on July 25, 2019.

Detective Garda Brendan O’Toole told John Quirke BL, prosecuting, that on the ….read more

Det Supt Anthony Howard

Chief Supt gives belief evidence at IRA trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Detective Chief Superintendent Anthony Howard. Credit: Collins)

A Detective Chief Superintendent has told the non-jury Special Criminal Court of his belief that a Dublin man was a member of the IRA.

Darren Weldon (47), from Kilbarrack in Dublin but with an address at Drinadaly in Trim, Co Meath, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on October 14, 2014.

Detective Chief Superintendent Anthony Howard, who is head of the Special Detective Unit, told prosecuting counsel Paul Greene SC today that he believed Mr Weldon was ….read more

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