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Mr Justice Michael White

Michael Scott murder trial unable to proceed due to Covid

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

The trial of a 55-year-old man accused of murdering a Co Galway pensioner was unable to go ahead at the Central Criminal Court today as scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic gripping the country.

Michael Scott from Gortanumera in Portumna is charged with the murder of Chrissie Treacy, from Portumna, on April 27, 2018.

The 75-year-old, who lived alone at Boula in Portumna, was found dead at her farm nearly three years ago.

Mr Scott’s trial, along with other murder trials listed to begin before the Central Criminal Court today, has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions ….read more

Justice Tony Hunt

Kevin Lunney trial adjourned over Covid numbers

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

The trial of four men accused of abducting and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney has been delayed after a judge said it would be “undesirable and imprudent” to proceed on schedule due to escalating coronavirus numbers.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt made his remarks at the Special Criminal Court this morning, adding however that it was “absolutely our intention” for the trial to now proceed on February 1. He said the decision had been made in light of the “spike” in coronavirus numbers, which rose above 6,000 cases per day this week.

The case, which ….read more

Aaron Brday

'Badge of honour': the ensnarement of a garda murderer

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda murderer Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

On an afternoon in January 2013, Aaron Brady sat calmly on a roadside barrier as he gave detailed lies to Sergeant John Moroney distancing himself from a crime that was the subject of every front page and news broadcast that morning.

15 hours earlier, Brady had shot Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in the head with an automatic shotgun, killing him instantly.

Just a few miles away a family and community grieved while Det Gda Donohoe’s colleagues, who had no time to mourn, combed the border region for anything that might help to identify the gunman ….read more


Hitman who gunned down Kinahan target found guilty of attempted murder

Special Criminal Court

A hitman who gunned down Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately, who was shot five times but survived, has been found guilty of attempted murder by the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon.

A second man has been found guilty for his part in burning out the car used in the shooting.

Mr Gately was shot five times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road in north Dublin at lunchtime on May 10, 2017. The victim, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life and wore a bullet-proof vest, survived the ….read more

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Christmas Vacation

High Court

Courts News Ireland wishes you and yours health and well-being in these most difficult of times.

Full coverage resumes when the higher courts return for Hilary sittings, beginning on January 11th.

A Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year to all,

The CNI Team.

Mr Justice Michael White

'The most outrageous contempt of court': witness intimidation and interference in the Aaron Brady trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Trial judge Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

A video of a witness telling gardai that he heard Aaron Brady admit to murdering a garda was circulated on social media, with text accusing the witness of being a “tout” or a “rat”, in what the presiding judge described as “the most outrageous contempt of court” he had ever seen.

After hearing from representatives of WhatsApp, Mr Justice Michael White found he was “powerless to prevent its dissemination” on that platform and could make no order that would prevent it being circulated.

It was, the judge said, a deliberate attempt to intimidate ….read more

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