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Wife of man accused of murdering fellow psychiatric patient tells court her husband was in a “dark place”

Central Criminal Court

by Peter Doyle

THE wife of a psychiatric patient accused of murdering a fellow patient told a court today that her “loveable” husband had been in a “dark place” and was drinking heavily prior to his admission to hospital.

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

Mary Harman told the court that she married the accused in 1993 after a five-year courtship.

Under cross-examination from defence counsel Caroline Biggs SC, ….read more

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Foxrock restaurant set to reopen for business after agreement reached

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A South Dublin restaurant at the centre of a “tense stand off” between the premises owners and operators has re-opened for business after the parties resolved their differences.

On Tuesday the High Court was told John and James McCabe, directors of the company operating The Gables restaurant and Wine Bar on Torquay Road, Foxrock, were involved in a stand off with agents of the owner of the property attempted to retake possession of the building.

Possession was sought after the company failed to pay arrears of rent of some €379,000. The Gardai were called to the ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury in trial of man charged with murder of Roma teen expected to return next week

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of the man charged with murdering teenager Marioara Rostas is expected to return to court on Monday.

The Central Criminal Court began dealing with a legal issue in the trial last week and the jury was excused from attending.

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

The trial has heard that the Romanian teenager disappeared from Dublin city centre on the afternoon of January 6th and that her body was ….read more

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Publican must come to court to explain why he should not be jailed

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul Gilligan)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A judge has ordered that a Wexford publican be brought before the High Court to explain why he should not be jailed for failing to hand over his bar to a bank-appointed receiver.

The order was made in respect of Mr John Murphy, who owns Colfers Pub Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford, who the court heard had previously given an undertaking to hand over peaceful possession of the licensed premises to the receiver Mr Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton.

The receiver was appointed by ACC last October after Mr Murphy failed to satisfy a demand by ACC ….read more

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Kildare man guilty of murdering his best friend

Central Criminal Court

A man will be sentenced to life in prison later for the murder of his best friend in Co. Kildare last year.

Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co. Kildare had pleaded not guilty to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy on April 6, 2013.

Last Friday Wynne was re-arraigned at the Central Criminal Court and pleaded notguilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

However his trial continued when the court was told the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Today the jury of eight men and four women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder ….read more

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Psychiatric patient on trial for murdering fellow patient said he considered killing his neighbours, trial told

Central Criminal Court

by Peter Doyle

A PSYCHIATRIC patient accused of murdering a fellow patient told a garda he fantasised about ways of getting in to prison and considered killing his neighbours before his admission to hospital, a court was told today (THURS).

Ian Harman (50), of Carrickallen, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Michael Treanor at the Psychiatric Unit of Cavan General Hospital, Lisdarn, Co Cavan, on June 27, 2011.

The court was told today that Detective Garda Kieron King interviewed the accused after he had been taken into custody and cautioned ….read more

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