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Man tells murder trial accused admitted to killing

Central Criminal Court

A former glass blower has told a murder trial that the accused informed him that he had committed the crime hours after the killing.

William O’Riordan (39) was giving evidence today on the opening day of the trial of a 46-year-old Tipperary man charged with murder.

John Hannigan of River House, New Quay in Clonmel has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony Fallon (46) in the town on January 18, 2012.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Mr Fallon on the same date at a flat on Abbey Street, Clonmel.

Mr O’Riordan told the Central Criminal Court that he ….read more

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Jail for man who stole €4k worth of hair products

District Courts

A MAN who has 95 previous convictions has been sentenced to four months in prison for stealing over €4,000 worth of hair products from a business based in Swords.

Michael Daly (35) of Moateview Drive, Priorswood in Coolock pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to the theft of 98 boxes of hair products valued at €4,272 from Irish Global Logistics at North Dublin Corporate Park on November 28th, 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to entering a building and possession of a black balaclava and gloves with the intention of using them in a theft on June 19th, 2013 at Unit D2 ….read more

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Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Four month sentence for drunk driver who wrote-off taxi driver’s car

A MAN who wrote off a taxi driver’s car after he crashed into it while he was under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to four months in prison and disqualified for a total of five years.

Nerijus Dumbris (35) of Melville Park in Finglas pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to drink driving and dangerous driving at Lusk, Co Dublin on December 1st, 2012.

Garda Fergal McSharry gave evidence that he was called to a traffic incident where he came across the defendant trapped in a crashed car. He said ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Louth man jailed for five years for handgun possession

Special Criminal Court

A Co. Louth man has been sentenced to five years at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for possession of a .32 calibre handgun.

Patrick McDonagh (50) with an address at Naughton Close, Dundalk, had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a .32 inch auto (7.65mm) calibre IZH 79-8 model Baikal make semi-automatic pistol bearing serial number TPB358706 at Main Street, Castlebellingham, Co Louth on June 10, 2013.

McDonagh was arrested by gardai in June of last year as part of an ongoing operation to counter dissident republican activities in the border area.

He was also charged with membership of an unlawful ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Drunk man aggrieved because he never got to eat McDonald's

District Courts

A YOUNG man who became highly aggressive towards security staff at McDonald’s restaurant in Swords on Christmas Eve was aggrieved because he had paid for his food but was then evicted from the premises because he was drunk, Swords District Court has heard.

Robert Doyle failed to leave the scene after gardai were called and was arrested because he was a danger to himself and other people.

Doyle (20) of Seabury Dale in Malahide pleaded guilty to being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to comply with garda direction at McDonald’s at Airside Retail Park on December 24th, 2013.

Garda Noel ….read more

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Man to be sentenced next week for attempted murder of his elderly mother on her deathbed

Central Criminal Court

A 47-year-old Waterford man will be sentenced next week for attempting to murder his elderly mother while keeping vigil by her death bed in a nursing home.

Veronica (Vera) Vollrath (83) was pronounced dead on January 9, 2012 at Killure Bridge Nursing Home, Killure, Co Waterford. Her death was expected.

However, her son, Gerald Vollrath, was charged with her murder, after he admitted holding a pillow over her face.

Mr Vollrath of Tramore Heights, Tramore pleaded not guilty to her murder, but the murder charge against him was dropped in December, and the Austrian resident pleaded guilty to attempted murder instead.

Paul O’Higgins SC, ….read more

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