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Jury in Rialto murder trial sent home for the weekend

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wesley Kelly)

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A jury at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of two Dublin youths charged with murdering a German student and injuring another in the city has been sent home for the weekend.

Thomas Heinrich (22) and Robert Rinker (23) were stabbed on St Anthony’s Road in Rialto on December 1, 2012. Mr Rinker, who is now 25, survived but Mr Heinrich died.

Wesley Kelly (20) of St Anthony’s Road has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Mr Heinrich and to assault causing harm to Mr Rinker.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named because ….read more

justice new

Meat factory secures injunction against picketing workers

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A Co Wicklow based producer of cooked and sliced meats has obtained a High Court injunction preventing picketing workers from blocking trucks entering and leaving its plant.

The injunction was obtained by Duffy Meats, which employs approximately 750 people at its plant in Shillelagh Co Wicklow, against the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union involved in a picket of the plant.

The company alleges that due to the picket trucks making deliveries to and taking product from the plant have been either prevented or subjected to lengthy delays.

The company, which is involved in a trade dispute with the union ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Suspended sentence for man who claimed he had air pistol and ammunition for target practice

District Courts

A MAN who claimed he had an air pistol and ammunition for target practice has been given a six month suspended sentence.

Michail Timofejev has also been convicted of having cannabis at his home when gardai searched it.

Timofejev (23) of Thornlea in Rush pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to being in unauthorised possession of a CO2 powered airgun, a 12 gauge shotgun cartridge and €10 of cannabis at his home address on October 4th, 2012.

Garda Gerrit Durnin said the defendant had no licence for the air gun nor the shot gun cartridge and that both are classed as firearms under ….read more


Bid to have historic courthouse reopened is dismissed

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has dismissed an action aimed at having an historic Co Tipperary courthouse re opened for use by the public.

In proceedings, brought by several solicitors based in Tipperary Town against the Courts Service, the lawyers argued the Courts Service has a statutory obligation to properly maintain and make available for use the courthouse in Tipperary Town.

The courthouse has housed sittings of the local district and circuit courts since the early part of the 19th century. However the building, a listed structure located at St Michael Street, was closed in 2010 after it fell into a state ….read more


Fuel distributors not entitled to claim over petrol stations

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

THE former owner of a fuel distributors taken over after going through examinership is not entitled to continue to register a legal claim over several petrol stations in the restructured company, the High Court ruled.

Thomas Tougher, who built up Tougher Oil Distributors Ltd (TODL) over 53 years, had last November registered the claim, known as a lis pendens, which prevented the new owner John O’Regan from selling or dealing in various properties around the country, including ten retail fuel outlets.

Mr Tougher claimed it was the only avenue open to him to prevent alleged asset stripping of his former ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Man charged with assaulting bouncer remanded on continuing bail

A MAN who is alleged to have assaulted a bouncer causing the bouncer to break his ankle has been remanded on continuing bail.

Dayne Barnwell (26) of The Links in Donabate is alleged to have struck John Flynn outside Home Nightclub in Balbriggan on March 18th last year.

Sergeant Tony Tighe outlined the alleged facts stating that the defendant approached Mr Flynn and allegedly struck him.

‘The bouncer fell and fractured his ankle,’ said Sgt Tighe. ‘It is also alleged he received a number of bites to his armpit.’

He said it is alleged that the ….read more

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