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Murder accused entitled to 'meet fire with fire', defence tells jury

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of murdering his estranged wife’s boyfriend reached for a knife as “a last resort” when faced with serious injury and was “entitled to meet fire with fire”, his defence barrister told a jury at the Central Criminal Court this evening.

His counsel also told the jury that the prosecution’s response of “No, no, no” to the three defences of self-defence, intoxication and provocation reminded him of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s “Out! Out! Out!” moment in the 1980′s.

Regarding the defence of intoxication, the defence counsel said his client was highly intoxicated on the night and had been ….read more


Teen stabbed friend in arranged fight

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenage boy stabbed his friend during a fight they pre-arranged in order to settle a dispute between their respective girlfriends, a court has heard.

The boy (15), who cannot be named for legal reasons, twice stabbed his friend during the “straightener” which they had arranged after there had been “slagging” about the boy’s girlfriend.

The accused pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to production of an article in the course of a dispute and assault causing harm at an address in north Dublin on February 7, 2020. He has no previous convictions.

A local garda told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting, that ….read more

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Murder accused's wife tells trial that boyfriend started fatal violence

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Ms Candice Paget. Credit: Collins)

A murder accused’s estranged wife has told his Central Criminal Court trial that her boyfriend was a jealous man who was stabbed to death after he slashed her accused husband in the face with a knife.

Anthony Paget has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies the murder of Aidan McMenamy. Mr Paget’s wife Candice Paget today told his trial that a fight broke out between the two men because Mr McMenamy was “jealous” that she was spending so much time with her estranged husband and thought they might be having an affair.

She said Mr ….read more

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Alcoholic arsonist thought he was helping woman

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Colm Dowling. Credit: Collins)

A man lit a fire outside an empty commercial unit under the belief he was helping a woman he knew with her inheritance, a court has heard.

Dubliner Colm Dowling (64) believed this woman was getting a “raw deal” by way of her inheritance and thought on the night that he might assist her by damaging the empty unit which her family owned. He told gardaí he had an alcohol problem and had been drinking prior to the offence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Dowling that had not drunk alcohol for many years, but relapsed after his ….read more

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Serial offender jailed for armed 'Coronavirus' robbery

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A serial offender who pulled down his mask and shouted “Coronavirus” at a security guard he also threatened to kill and racially abused during a knife-point robbery has been jailed for three years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Kevin Brosnan (40) “capitalised on the fears and anxieties of the general public during a pandemic” by mentioning the virus during the robbery.

Brosnan of Ardmore Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to robbery at Centra, Old Bawn Shopping Centre, Tallaght, on April 2, 2020. His 82 previous convictions include convictions for burglary, theft, possession of knives and affray.

Passing sentence today, Judge Karen O’Connor said ….read more

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Regency Hotel accused may make bail if surety can be attached

Special Criminal Court

One of three Dublin men accused of helping a crime gang murder David Byrne at the Regency Hotel five years ago may be granted bail if he can find an independent surety, the Special Criminal Court said today.

Bringing his bail application, Paul Murphy (59) with an address at Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, appeared before the non-jury court this afternoon where he is charged with supplying logistical support to a six-man team suspected of carrying out the murder on February 15, 2016.

He is charged with participating in or contributing to activity intending to or being reckless as to whether such ….read more

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