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Man jailed for life for murdering his friend with "Bruce Lee" punches

Central Criminal Court

A Tipperary father-of-two has been jailed for life for murdering his friend with what he described as ‘Bruce Lee’ punches because the victim ‘wouldn’t shut up’.

John Hannigan (46) of River House, New Quay, Clonmel had pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony Fallon, also a father of two, in Clonmel on January 18, 2012.

He had also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to the 46 year-old on the same date at Mr Fallon’s flat on Abbey Street in the town.

However, a jury found him guilty of both counts today, following a trial at the Central Criminal Court.

The eight-day trial heard ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder trial hears of garda trip to Red Bull factory

Central Criminal Court

The jury has been watching CCTV footage in the trial of a 30-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering a father of two.

Eugene Cullen of Derry Road, Crumlin has pleaded not guilty to murdering Seamus O’ Byrne (27) at Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13, 2009.

The jury was told that Mr O’Byrne was shot dead by a hooded gunman in front of his girlfriend and child in the driveway of their home.

The prosecution alleges that Mr Cullen was not the gunman but one of four men involved in plotting, planning and executing the murder.

Today CCTV footage from Tymon North Gardens ….read more

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Trinity College graduate sentenced to six years for firearms possession

Special Criminal Court

A Trinity College graduate and three men who were intercepted by armed gardai outside the premises of a firearms dealer have received sentences ranging from six to seven years for the possession of firearms and ammunition.

Earlier this month Ursula Shannon (30), who is a PhD student, graduate of Trinity College and prominent member of socialist republican group Eirigi, and her co-accused John McGreal (37) and Colin Brady (24) were found guilty of the offences by the Special Criminal Court after a short trial.

The non-jury court heard that the accused were wearing wigs and disguises when they were intercepted by armed ….read more

Adam Busby

Scottish separatist's bail application to be decided in coming days

High Court

A self-styled Scottish separatist, whose extradition to the UK was ordered by the High Court last year, must wait to hear if he can be released on bail while he awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal.

Adam Busby (64), who has multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair, is wanted by British authorities on charges relating to the telephoning of hoax bomb-warnings and poison threats to various Scottish newspapers and agencies between November 2009 and June 2010.

Busby, with a last address at Santry Lodge, Ballymun, Dublin, was arrested in July last year on foot of a European Arrest ….read more

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Car used in murder of David Black was purchased by accused man, court will hear

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin court will hear evidence that a man who is charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black purchased the car used in the murder.

The Special Criminal Court trial of Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, began today before the non-jury court.

Opening the prosecution case, Mr Paul Greene SC said the court would hear evidence that prison officer David Black (52), who worked at the high security Maghaberry jail in Co Antrim, was shot to death by the occupants ….read more

Ali Damache

Damache refused judicial review for second time

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man facing extradition to the United States on international terrorism charges has been refused leave by the High Court, for a second time, to seek judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him in Ireland.

Mr Justice John Edwards said today that no new grounds had been advanced by Ali Charaf Damache since he refused the forty-eight year old’s first application for judicial review earlier this year. The judge said Damache had not met the threshold required for the court to grant him leave.

Damache, an Algerian-born Irish citizen who has been living in Ireland for a ….read more

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