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Mary Lowry's evidence "devious poison", defence tell Moonlight jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Ms Mary Lowry. Credit: Collins)

Mary Lowry’s evidence against Patrick Quirke was, “a piece of the most devious poison that has been delivered across the face of the Central Criminal Court for many a year,” defence lawyers have told the jury in the love rival murder trial.

On day two of the defence closing speech, Bernard Condon SC said Ms Lowry was manipulative, told lies and put a spin on her evidence as he detailed what he told the six men and six women is evidence of her attempts to “rewrite history”.

Mr Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has ….read more


Psychiatric history of predatory gamer rapist should have been considered, lawyers say

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Survivor Dominique Meehan speaking outside court. Credit: Collins)

A man jailed for 12 years for raping a woman during a gaming convention has claimed the sentencing judge should have considered his psychiatric issues and the fact he had no previous conviction when he was sentenced.

Keith Hearne (30) rugby tackled Dominique Meehan to the ground after cornering her in a meeting room at the ArcadeCon convention in July 2015, before telling her, “I could break your neck here and now, would you prefer that?”

He then bound her hands behind her back with his tie, stripped her and raped her. When ….read more

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Evidence against Patrick Quirke no more than "suspicion", defence tell jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

The evidence against Patrick Quirke amounts to no more than suspicion and is not enough to convince a jury that he killed Bobby Ryan, a defence barrister has told the love rival murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Bernard Condon SC also criticised the garda investigation and told the jury they had been given substandard evidence due to failures in the investigation.

Mr Condon completed his eight-hour speech to the jury of six men and six women today by asking them to acquit his client. The jury will return next Tuesday to hear the judge’s charge ….read more

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Bobby Ryan’s death a “callous, calculated, controlled murder”, prosecution say

Central Criminal Court

(Pictures: Accused Mr Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

Bobby Ryan’s death was “callous, calculated, controlled murder” and the only verdict available is to find Patrick Quirke guilty of murder, lawyers for the State have told the Central Criminal Court.

The defence says the prosecution evidence is thin and warned the jury of the dangers of accepting the evidence of Mary Lowry.

Mr Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight. Mr Ryan went missing on June 3, 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am. His ….read more

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Pair jailed over "execution" of "The Beast" on busy city street

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Colin Casey. Credit: Collins)

Two men have been jailed in connection with the “execution” of Aidan “The Beast” O’Driscoll, who was killed on a busy Cork street in a “well-planned” hit as part of an internal dispute between the Real IRA and the New IRA.

Mr O’Driscoll was leaving work when he was confronted by a gunman who fired a shot into him. He tried to run from his assailant and the first attacker’s gun appeared to jam but a second gunman followed and shot him, the Special Criminal Court heard.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that that the ….read more

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