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Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Man who left bank worker in a coma after unprovoked assault has sentence reduced on appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A Galway man who left a bank worker in a coma for two weeks suffering from “horrific, life-changing injuries” after an unprovoked assault has had his eight-year sentence reduced by 18 months on appeal.

In November 2011 Dean O’Brien (28) was jailed for eight years by Judge Raymond Groarke after he was found guilty by a Galway Circuit Criminal Court jury of assault causing serious harm to Mr Barry Mannion on William Street West, Galway, on December 28, 2009.

Mr O’Brien, with a last address at Bishop O’Donnell Road in Galway, had pleaded not guilty to counts of assault causing serious harm, ….read more

Graham Dwyer

Court hears there is six months of CCTV footage in case of Foxrock architect accused of murder

Central Criminal Court

The Central Criminal Court has heard there is six months of CCTV footage in the case of murder accused Graham Dwyer.

Mr Dwyer, a south Dublin architect, is the man charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.

Today Ronan Kennedy BL defending, made an application for a second junior counsel to be assigned to the case.

The court was told that the defence had one senior and one junior counsel assigned to the case.

Mr Dwyer of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock was present in court today for the hearing.

The 41-year-old architect is in custody awaiting ….read more

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Man accused of murdering Roma teen "danced" on her body, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

The former friend of the man charged with murdering teenager Marioara Rostas has testified that the accused ‘danced’ on her body after dumping it in a hole in the Dublin Mountains.

Fergus O’Hanlon (37), who has immunity from prosecution in the case, was giving evidence today in the trial of Dubliner Alan Wilson.

The 35-year-old, of New Street Gardens, has pleaded not guilty to the 18-year-old’s murder at a house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe, Dublin between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

The Romanian teenager disappeared around 2pm on Sunday, January 6th, after her brother saw her getting into a Ford Mondeo ….read more

John Paul Buck

Reserved judgement in appeal brought by man who murdered his best friend while he slept

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgement in an appeal brought by a man who was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his “best friend” while he slept.

In February 2009 John Paul Buck (34), last of Heywood Close, Clonmel was jailed for life by Mr Justice George Birmingham having been found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of fatally stabbing 30-year-old Fergus Roche at a vacant house in their estate on October 1, 2005.

He then set fire to the house and was also convicted of arson, for which a concurrent five-year sentence was imposed, after ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Dublin man charged with IRA membership at special court sitting

Special Criminal Court

A 34-year-old Dublin man has been charged with IRA membership at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court tonight.

Michael Barr of Premier Square in Finglas was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on Friday last, July 18th.

Detective Sergeant Pádraig Boyce of the Special Detective Unit testified that he had arrested him on Saturday evening at Lucan Garda Station.

He told the non-jury court that when he put the charge to him before the court sat, the accused replied: ‘I’m not a member of the IRA or ….read more

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Man on trial for murdering pensioner in psychiatric unit pleads guilty to manslaughter

Central Criminal Court

A man being tried for the murder of an elderly man in a psychiatric unit in Co. Cavan has changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter.

Ian Harman (50), of Carrickallen, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co Cavan, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Michael Treanor (82) at the Psychiatric Unit of Cavan General Hospital, Lisdarn, Co Cavan on June 27, 2011.

The trial was in its closing stages but today Harman was rearraigned before the Central Criminal Court and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Paddy McCarthy SC prosecuting told the court that the plea was acceptable to the Director of ….read more

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