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Graham Dwyer trial hears from men who met Elaine O'Hara through alternative adult website

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Robert Cullen Jones. Photo: Collins)

The Graham Dwyer trial has heard from two men who met Elaine O’Hara through a website that caters for alternative sexual tastes.

The murder trial jury also saw Ms O’Hara’s profile page from that website, in which she said she hoped to meet someone caring.

The court heard the testimony today on the 14th day of the 42-year-old’s trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Dwyer is charged with Ms O’Hara’s murder in the Dublin Mountains at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22nd, 2012, hours after she was discharged from a mental health hospital.

The Cork-born father of ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Waterford man died of severe head injuries, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

by Alison O’Riordan

The trial has opened of a 21-year-old man charged with the murder of Martin Brophy, who died from severe head injuries which included kicks to the head and blows from part of a concrete block, in Waterford two-and-a-half years ago.

William Moran (20), of Connolly Place, Waterford City has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Martin Brophy at the old Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) building between May 19 and May 21 2012.

The court has heard Mr Moran allegedly told a friend on Facebook how he “beat” Martin Brophy “to death with a lock, and gave him the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

10-year sentence for "menace to society" robber who held knife to pregnant worker's stomach

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A robber described as a “menace to society who caused fear and terror” when he held up six Dublin businesses armed with a knife has been jailed for ten years with three suspended.

In one robbery Paul Carabini (48) held a knife to a pregnant bank worker’s stomach while demanding cash to feed his drug habit.

During an attempted robbery at a McDonald’s restaurant, the Dublin man held a knife at a staff member while a number of children were on the premises.

Carabini, of Mellows Road, Finglas and formerly of Carnlough Road, Cabra pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the ….read more

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Man accused of murdering his wife aimed shotgun at garda, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Oliver Kierans (57). Photo: Collins)

By Anne Sharkey

A barman has told a murder trial that the accused man aimed a sawn-off shotgun at a garda on the same day his wife went missing.

Oliver Kierans (57), of Drumbannon Bailieboro in Cavan, has pleaded not guilty ….read more


Man tells theft trial he never gave permission for over €100k to be taken from his bank account

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has told a court that he never gave permission to a younger woman to take over €102,000 from his bank account.

Sandra Doyle (37) has denied stealing the money from the AIB bank account of Fergus Brugha (62) over the course of three years.

The trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard evidence that the disputed transactions include payments to Ticketmaster, online motor tax, a veterinary clinic, a beauty clinic, a Dundrum credit union account and mobile phone top ups.

Ms Doyle of McCabe’s Villas, Booterstown, Dublin and formerly of Meadowgate, Knockmullen, Gorey, Co Wexford has pleaded not guilty at ….read more

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Dublin man sentenced to five years for 100k cannabis possession

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who became dependant on valium following an accident claimed he was holding over €100,000 worth of cannabis resin to pay off a €25,000 drugs debt.

Jeffery Smith (42) has been sentenced to five years in prison at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for possession for sale or supply of €108,114 worth of cannabis resin and €1,269 of diazepam on November 13, 2011.

Smith had the drugs at his home at Donomore Avenue, Killinarden in Tallaght. He also admitted having two stolen laptops and a stolen iPad in his home on the same date.

Judge Martin Nolan noted that Smith has a modest ….read more

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