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Courts News Ireland wishes you all an enjoyable summer vacation.

CNI will continue to provide reports on the trials that remain sitting at the Central Criminal Court, with full coverage of that court resuming on September 13. The remaining Higher Courts are scheduled to return on October 4th.

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2022 Case Preview

High Court

With the Central Criminal Court set to return from vacation next week, we look ahead at some of the high profile cases due to be heard over the coming court year:

Lisa Smith

The trial of former Irish Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism, will take place at the Special Criminal Court on January 11, 2022.

The 39-year-old from Co Louth is charged with an offence contrary to the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 for being a member of unlawful terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) between 2015 ….read more

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Law 'all for the accused', family of baseball bat killing victim tell court

Central Criminal Court

A family that has been “dragged through three murder trials” has complained that the law favours criminals and allowed the “monster” who killed their son to tear apart his character.

The family of Joseph “Joe Joe” Dunne told a sentencing hearing today that Zoltan Almasi had lied to the court and “played the victim” while showing no remorse. They described him as “evil” and a “monster” and said they do not accept that he is guilty of manslaughter.

Joseph’s mother Susie Dunne wept as she told the court: “What happened to my son was murder, Joseph was murdered.”

Almasi (49), a Serbian ….read more

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11 years for baseball bat killer after three murder trials

Central Criminal Court

A truck driver who was put on trial accused of the same murder three times and saw a conviction quashed by the Supreme Court has been jailed for 11 years for manslaughter. Zoltan Almasi had “caused near instantaneous death” with a single and “savage blow” of a baseball bat after he saw his 20-year-old victim banging on his van.

Sentencing Almasi at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Michael White said the killing of Joseph “Joe Joe” Dunne has had “a devastating impact” on his family and the “exhaustive process and long drawn out legal procedure” of three trials and ….read more

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Bray Boxing Club murder trial collapses

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Gerard Cervi. Photo: Collins)

The trial of a man accused of murdering an early morning gym goer and the attempted murder of coach Pete Taylor at Bray Boxing Club has collapsed at the Central Criminal Court due to a juror becoming seriously ill.

The trial has been sitting for 10 weeks and heard weeks of legal argument in the jury’s absence since opening at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Evidence was scheduled to continue before the ten jurors today but Mr Justice Michael White told the nine remaining jurors this morning that one of their number could not ….read more

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Jail for man who raped young cousin

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Stephen Bourke

A Dublin man who was around 18 years old when he raped and sexually abused his younger cousin has been jailed for five years.

The man, now aged 25 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, abused his cousin while visiting his family home. The victim was aged nine or 10 at the time of the abuse, while the accused man was aged 17 or 18.

He was convicted by a jury following a trial in May 2021 at the Central Criminal Court of one count of anal rape and five counts of sexual assault at ….read more

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