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Court challange over failure to provide visually impaired with means to cast secret ballot

High Court

A High Court challenge has been brought against the State’s failure to provide a suitable mechanism allow people with sight difficulties to vote in May’s European and Local Elections by secret ballot.

The action has been brought by Dublin resident Robert Sinnot who is a representative of the Blind Legal Alliance campaign group.

He says there is currently no mechanism in place that allows him, or other visually impaired people, to cast their vote in a manner that respects the secrecy of their votes.

In his action Mr Sinnott says the State has a legal duty, under both the Constitution and European Law, ….read more

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Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Suspended sentence for man who assaulted woman in graveyard fracturing her nose

A MAN who assaulted a woman in a graveyard, fracturing her nose, has been given a six month suspended sentence.

David Donnelly has also been bound to the peace for two years after he pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to assault causing harm to Jennifer Coffey in Lusk Graveyard on August 5th, 2012.

Donnelly (20) of Tanner’s Way in Lusk was also ordered to enter a probation bond for 18 months and ordered to comply with all directions of the Probation Services after he pleaded guilty to harassing Ms Coffey’s ….read more

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Trial of man accused of murdering pensioner hears 999 call

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a 30-year-old Sligo man accused of murdering a pensioner has heard a 999 call in which the caller said a man was tied up in a house.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He has pleaded guilty (to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and a jury was ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Probation for youth who attacked teenager and stole his iPod

District Courts

A YOUNG man who punched a teenager in the face a number of times and stole his Apple iPod has been placed on a Probation Bond for six months.

The youth walked up to the 14-year-old victim on the train from Gormanston to Skerries and tried to grab his iPod. He then punched the young boy a number of times in the face causing severe bruising and got off the train at Balbriggan Train Station with the iPod.

Gardai located him on Balbriggan Beach a short time later in possession of the stolen iPod.

The youth pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to ….read more

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Request for garda phone tapes adjourns IRA trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Thomas McMahon (31) at the Special Criminal Court today)

Lawyers for two men charged with IRA membership have sought confirmation as to whether telephone calls made by their clients from garda stations were recorded, in what is understood to be the first criminal court case affected by the garda phone taping revelations.

Thomas McMahon (31) and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) were due to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court this morning, but Ms Isobel Kennedy SC said that a matter had arisen “in light of recent events of which we are all aware”.

Counsel for Mr McMahon said the ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury to continue deliberations in trial of man accused of murdering his flatmate

Central Criminal Court

A jury is continuing to deliberate in the trial of a man charged with murdering his flatmate in their Dublin apartment after a row over bills.

Jacky Lumi (42) is on trial at the Central Criminal Court, where he has pleaded not guilty to murdering fellow Dutch national Kamal El Habsati on December 1st 2012.

His letting agent discovered the Moroccan-born 31-year-old a few days later with a knife protruding from his heart and 21 stab wounds.

He was found in his bathroom at Linnbhla, Santry Cross in Ballymun, after his employer raised the alert when he and colleague Jacky Lumi failed to ….read more

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