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Murder trial judges refuse application to exclude phone evidence after "Dwyer" judgement

Special Criminal Court

Judges at the Special Criminal Court trial of a man accused of murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly have refused an application to exclude mobile phone evidence in the case brought after Graham Dwyer’s successful High Court action last week.

Kevin Braney (44), of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24 has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Butterly nearly six years ago.

Mr Braney also denies possession of a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol with intent to commit murder and possession of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition on March 5, 2013 at Blackthorn Apartments, Brackenwood Avenue, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

Mr Butterly, a father-of-two, was chased ….read more

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Landmark Polish extradition case set for Supreme Court

Court of Appeal

The decision to extradite a man to Poland, despite concerns over controversial justice “reforms” in the EU Member State, is set to be determined by the Irish Supreme Court.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, the High Court judge in charge of extradition, asked the European Courts for a ruling on the effect of Poland’s justice reforms earlier this year.

She said recent legislative changes in Poland were “so immense”, the High Court was forced to conclude that “the common value of the rule of law” had been “systematically damaged” and “democracy in Poland” had been breached.

At the centre of the case ….read more

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Couple agree to vacate house that CAB says is proceeds of crime

High Court

A couple has agreed to vacate a property which the Criminal Assets Bureau claims was acquired with the proceeds of crime.

Kenneth Carpenter and Elaine Byrne gave an undertaking before Ms Justice Carmel Stewart at the High Court to leave the property where they reside at Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 by July.

CAB, which has various freezing orders against the couple, alleges Mr Carpenter is active in the sale and supply of drugs, has a number of previous convictions for drugs offences and associates with known Criminals in South and West Dublin.

After the couple gave a sworn undertaking ….read more

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Jury finds 22-year-old guilty of Alan O'Neill murder

Central Criminal Court

A 22-year-old will be sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering a man by shooting him dead in front of his partner on the driveway of their home.

The jury of six men and six women took six hours and nineteen minutes to reach a majority verdict of eleven to one on the murder charge against Warren Nolan, of Rowlagh Park in Clondalkin, who shot dead Alan O’Neill (35) at Kiltalown Road, Tallaght on May 27, 2015.

The jury at the Central Criminal Court also found Nolan guilty by unanimous verdict of setting fire to the car ….read more

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Iona Institute researcher to sue Twitter for allegedly defamatory tweets

High Court

An academic and part-time researcher with the Roman Catholic advocacy group the Iona Institute has brought defamation proceedings against Twitter over tweets which he claims defamed him.

The action has been brought by Dr Angelo Bottone in respect of several tweets, which he says are untrue and defamatory of him, made in October 2017 and which he claims he asked Twitter to remove.

The High Court has heard that the allegedly defamatory tweets were not taken down and Dr Bottone, of Chanel Road, Dublin 5, has sued the social media platform.

Twitter denies it is responsible for any tweets that are allegedly ….read more

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Witnesses describe finding fatal crash victim

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Eye witnesses to a fatal two-car collision have told a trial that they saw the crash victim squashed between seats in his car and choking on his blood.

It is alleged that Michael Jones was driving an Audi A3 which broke a red light at speed before crashing into the side of a Mitsubishi Colt driven by Hong Qing Qu. The collision happened around 1am on November 17, 2015 at the top of a slip road close to Blanchardstown shopping centre in west Dublin.

Mr Jones, a professional roofer from Whitestown Drive, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the ….read more

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