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Court of Criminal Appeal

Jury in HIV case should have got evidence warning, appeal court told

Court of Appeal

Lawyers for a man serving a ten-year prison sentence for infecting former partners with HIV have argued before the Court of Appeal that a crucial circumstantial evidence warning should have been given to the jury who convicted him.

The Ugandan man (30), who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, appeared via video-link today appealing his 2018 Dublin Circuit Criminal Court conviction for intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to his two female victims on dates between November 2009 and June 2010. It was the first trial of its kind in Ireland.

Today, Paul Greene SC, for the appellant, ….read more

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Pub operator fined over asbestos clean-up

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A company operating a number of pubs has been fined €7,500 in a Health and Safety Authority prosecution for exposing two staff members to the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a director of Telstar Investments LTD, along with two staff members, had removed a small number of “unstable” ceiling tiles over a common courtyard area being redeveloped by another company due to a fear that they may fall on staff or customers.

Work on the ceiling by the contractor had stopped after a warning sticker had been found and the tiles were later confirmed to contain ….read more

Special Criminal Court

'Forensic Casebook' found in home of Lunney accused, trial hears

Special Criminal Court

A garda searching the home of one of the men accused of abducting and assaulting businessman Kevin Lunney found a book entitled “The Forensic Casebook, The Science of Crime Scene Investigation”, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Detective Garda Lisa Young told Sean Guerin SC, for the prosecution, that she was part of a garda search team at the Dublin 3 apartment belonging to the accused man named as YZ, who cannot be named for legal reasons. She found the book, written by Ngaire Genge, in the main bedroom.

Michael Hourigan BL, for YZ, asked Det Gda Young if she was aware ….read more

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Man jailed for selling heroin from mother's home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiachra Gallagher

A man who sold heroin from his mother’s home has been jailed for five years.

Maurice Walsh (31) had previously served five years of a seven and a half year sentence for a similar offence.

Walsh, with an address on the North Circular Road, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having €22,820 worth of heroin in his possession for sale or supply at Watkins Square, Dublin 8, on 20 August, 2018. He has five previous convictions.

Garda Mark Eccles told Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, gardai were carrying out a surveillance operation ….read more

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No supporting evidence against father, defence tells Munster Abuse trial

Central Criminal Court

There is no supporting evidence to prove a father sexually abused three of his children, a defence barrister has told the Central Criminal Court trial of five extended family members accused of child abuse.

In relation to the “significant evidence in this case” and in particular the allegations of child abuse, “that support isn’t there,” Mark Nicholas SC, defending the father, told the jury in his closing speech today.

The 56-year-old father has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts including rape, anal rape, oral rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and wilfully neglecting a child at locations in Munster on unknown dates between ….read more

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Convicted murderer to be sentenced for impeding Jonathan Duke murder investigation

Central Criminal Court

A convicted murderer will be sentenced next week for impeding the investigation into the murder of another man who had found out about the first killing.

Jonathan Duke (27) was strangled to death at Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon, Co Cork on November 12th, 2011. His body was then thrown into the nearby River Bandon river.

Just 24 hours earlier, a resident of the building, 42-year-old John Forrester, had met a similar fate.

Jonathan Duke, a father-of-one, was visiting Mr Forrester’s murderers there when he became aware of what had happened the previous day. Gardai believe he was killed because he had ….read more

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