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Martin Conmey

Meath man's conviction for 1971 killing declared a miscarriage of justice

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Court of Criminal Appeal has declared a Co Meath man’s conviction for killing his 19-year-old neighbour over four decades ago was a miscarriage of justice.

In 2010 Martin Conmey (63) was acquitted of the manslaughter of Una Lynskey, 38 years after being jailed for three years for the offence.

Today the CCA comprised of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, sitting with Mr Justice Brian McGovern, and Mr Justice Micheal White said Mr Conmey’s conviction amounted to a miscarriage of justice.

The CCA said “it seems obvious in the present case there has been a grave defect in the administration of justice ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury in Roma teen murder trial told they got "master class in perjury"

Central Criminal Court

The lawyer for the Dublin man charged with murdering teenager Marioara Rostas has said the jury got ‘a master class in perjury’ from the State’s main witness.

Michael O’Higgins SC was giving his closing speech at the the Central Criminal Court today in trial of the 35-year-old man charged with the Dublin murder.

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

The trial has heard that the Romanian girl had been begging with her brother in Dublin City on January ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

IRA accused protests use of video link in court

Special Criminal Court

A man charged with IRA membership and the possession of a handgun has protested the use of video link to facilitate his appearance in court.

Michael Finlay (35) and his co-accused Dean Byrne (22) were arrested by members of the Special Detective Unit and the garda Crime and Security branch after an operation in Tallaght in south Dublin in June.

Appearing via video link from Portlaoise Prison this morning, Mr Finlay said he wished to protest not being physically present in court, which he said was in breach of his constitutional rights.

The accused requested his presence at any or all future proceedings ….read more

Patrick Lee

Judgement date to be set in October in case of man wanted over alleged scheme to defraud banks

High Court

A date will be set for judgment next October in the case of a Co Kildare man wanted by US authorities to face fraud, money laundering, and identity theft charges.

Patrick Lee (41) is alleged to have knowingly engaged in a scheme with others to intentionally defraud numerous US banks and mortgage lenders out of loans for properties, which were never repaid.

American authorities have sought his extradition in order that he be prosecuted for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, 6 counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Mr Lee, with an address at Newtown, ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Three to stand trial in September for murder of Peter Butterly

Special Criminal Court

Three Dublin men will stand trial at the Special Criminal Court in September charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly in a Co Meath car park last year.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan are charged with the murder of Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

The three men were due to stand trial earlier this month but the matter was adjourned after ….read more

Sean Gillane SC

Murder of Roma teen was a precise execution, jury told

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Prosecution Counsel Mr Seán Gillane SC)

The murder of teenager Marioara Rostas was a precise execution and not a crime of passion or temper, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Seán Gillane SC was giving the closing speech for the State today in the trial of the 35-year-old Dublin man charged with her murder.

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

Mr Gillane reminded the jury that the Romanian teenager had been begging with her brother at a junction in Dublin ….read more

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