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Closing speeches in murder trial of husband accused of stabbing wife to death

Central Criminal Court

A murder trial jury must consider what Alan Ward intended when he drove a knife into his wife Catherine Ward’s body, a barrister for the prosecution has told the Central Criminal Court.

Bernard Condon SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, today delivered his closing speech to the jury and invited them to convict Mr Ward who, he said, had committed a “heinous act” on his wife and then tried to stab his son Adam.

He said the attack was not “out of the blue or out of character” as the accused had a “long history of animosity” towards his wife ….read more

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Jail for man who sexually assaulted daughter's friend

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who sexually assaulted his daughter’s best friend while the child was staying in their family home has been jailed for two years.

The now 54-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the then 16-year-old girl, also sent a sexually explicit text message to the girl after he sexually assaulted her.

The girl showed the message to the accused’s daughter and told her that he had just sexually assaulted her. The daughter went downstairs and confronted her father, who then left the home and drove to a nearby pier with the intention of committing suicide.

A local ….read more

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Murder accused previously charged with attacking wife, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A man who denies murdering his wife was previously charged with assaulting her after drinking heavily and taking tablets, while eight years later he again assaulted her, resulting in hospital treatment, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Psychiatrist Dr Damien Smith told the trial that accused Alan Ward had anger management issues and violent episodes as far back as 2002, while the expert witness found no evidence that Mr Ward underwent any significant personality changes following a stroke in 2017.

Alan Ward denies murdering his wife Catherine Ward, who died in the bedroom of their home having suffered multiple stab wounds to ….read more

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Woman in knife burglary of elderly neighbour's home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman who broke into her 90-year-old neighbour’s home after banging on his door and pretending to be the police will be sentenced next February.

Michelle O’Leary (31) pushed in the door when the victim came down to answer it and produced a knife while demanding money from him. She then took €60 from his pocket, dropped the weapon and left.

Garda Kelly Mannion told Diana Stuart BL, prosecuting, that the man was living in a complex for elderly residents and at the time O’Leary was staying in her mother’s apartment next door. She was not supposed to be living there.

The victim ….read more

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BBC seeks discovery on Adams' alleged association with IRA

High Court

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The BBC, in its defence of a defamation claim by former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, is seeking discovery of any materials he may have on his alleged relationship with the IRA and on comments he made at a 1987 press conference “that the consequence for informing is death”.

Mr Adams, meanwhile, wants certain aspects of the BBC’s defence against his defamation action struck out, the High Court has heard.

Mr Adams is suing the BBC, submitting that it defamed him when he claims it falsely alleged that he sanctioned the 2006 killing of former Sinn Fein official ….read more

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Family of killed teen challenge decision to refer alleged driver to youth programme

High Court

The family of a young male passenger killed in a road traffic collision have challenged a decision to refer a teenager whose actions allegedly contributed to the fatality to the Garda Youth Diversion Programme.

The High Court action has been brought by the family of Barry Griffin Junior, who died following a road traffic collision at Ballymascanlon, Dundalk Co Louth on October 20, 2020.

The court heard that at the time of the accident the deceased was a passenger in one of two cars which were travelling at speed and were “racing each other”.

Mr Griffin was ….read more

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