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Jury continue deliberations in Garda Colm Horkan murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a motorbike mechanic accused of murdering Detective Garda Colm Horkan will continue their deliberations at the Central Criminal Court for a third day tomorrow.

Det Gda Horkan suffered 11 gunshot wounds following a struggle with Stephen Silver (46), Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, at Castlerea, Co Roscommon on 17 June 2020.

Mr Silver has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Det Gda Horkan knowing or being reckless as to whether he was a member of An Garda Siochana acting in accordance with his duty. He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason ….read more

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Records of tracking device placed on Dowdall's jeep 'destroyed', Regency murder trial hears

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Jonathan Dowdall. Photo: Collins)

All records from a tracking device placed on former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall’s vehicle by gardai were destroyed before the Regency Hotel murder trial began last month, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Earlier, the non-jury court heard from defence counsel that gardai destroyed records from a tracking device that had been placed on Dowdall’s Toyota Land Cruiser jeep when he is alleged to have driven murder accused Gerard Hutch north for a meeting with republicans in the aftermath of the shooting.

Brendan Grehan SC, defending Mr Hutch said that, “disturbingly”, the notes were destroyed ….read more

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Family of UDR man murdered by IRA granted access to court file

High Court

(Pictured at the Four Courts are Jonathan Larner, Liaison Officer Ulster Human Rights Watch, alongside Lester Elliott, Jim Elliott and Cyrill Elliott. Photo: Aodhan O’Faolain)

The President of the High Court has ordered that the family of a part time member of the British security forces who was kidnapped, murdered and had his body booby trapped by the Provisional IRA over 50 years ago be provided with the court file on a trial of two men before the Special Criminal Court.

The order, in relation to the trial of two alleged IRA members that took place before the non-Jury court in July ….read more


'Chance of a lifetime' for dangerous driver as he gets suspended sentence

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An unlicensed driver who reached speeds of up 160 kmph during two garda pursuits has been given “the chance of a life time” with a four-year suspended sentence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Mark Fagan (21) has turned his life around since the 2020 incident.

Fagan of Galtimore Park, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty to endangerment, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis on July 7 and 8, 2020.

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drug driving and possession of cannabis just over a week later on July 16, 2020. Fagan, who does not hold a driving licence, has no previous ….read more


Receiver appointed to luxury mansion 'effectively owned' by cartel boss Daniel Kinahan

High Court

The High Court has ordered that a Criminal Assets Bureau receiver take control of a west Dublin property “effectively owned” by international crime cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.

The house, located near Tallaght, is the first property that has been seized from Daniel Kinahan after it was found to be the proceeds of crime, namely drug-trafficking.

This morning, Mr Justice Michael MacGrath said he was satisfied to grant an application made by Shelley Horan BL on behalf of CAB that their legal officer be appointed receiver to sell the property “on the open market” and control €3,850 found there.

Ms Horan said her ….read more

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GAA star Davy Fitzgerald raises questions about sale of loan to 'vulture fund'

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Collins)

GAA star David Fitzgerald has raised questions before the Deputy Master of the High Court about the alleged sale of his loan from ACC Bank to what his counsel described as a ‘vulture Fund’.

Mr Fitzgerald’s questions were aired in proceedings brought against the Waterford Senior Hurling Manager by Pepper Finance and receiver James Anderson, of Deloitte, over a house in Co Clare.

Pepper and the receiver Mr Anderson, who was appointed over certain assets of Mr Fitzgerald, had issued a summons seeking possession of the property, which Mr Fitzgerald owns but where his sister lives ….read more

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