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Convicted Murderer's extradition case adjourned until May

High Court

The case of a convicted murderer wanted by British authorities has been adjourned until May.

Michael Anthony Balmer (62), with a last address in Cornwall, England, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1984 for attacking and killing a woman in her home on the evening of July 28, 1983 in Devon, England.

The court heard previously that Balmer was conditionally released from prison on license in March 2011, subject to the risk he posed to the public.

In March 2012, this license was revoked by which time he was residing in Cork where he was subsequently arrested by gardaí.

Balmer’s lawyers say he has ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Man extradited over unpaid VAT on £1m cigarettes

High Court

A truck driver wanted for questioning in the UK over alleged unpaid VAT on over £1m worth of cigarettes found in his truck, has been extradited by the High Court.

Gavin John Maloney (34), with an address in Creewood, Slane, Co Meath, is wanted by British authorities to face questioning on the discovery, which was made when he was driving through the UK.

He was detained by UK police at the time, questioned and released on bail to return for further questioning but absconded himself, the court heard.

Today Mr Justice John Edwards said that there was a strong public interest in the ….read more

The Special criminal court

Dog owner warned to control excessive barking of dogs

District Courts

A DOG owner has been warned to control the constant and excessive barking of her dogs within two months – otherwise a judge will order the dogs be removed from her ownership.

Lorraine Sherry of Thomastown in Loughshinny took a case to Balbriggan District Court against her neighbour Gail Corr, of the same address, over the constant barking of her two dogs – a Boxer cross and a Labrador Collie cross.

Ms Sherry told Judge Dermot Dempsey that the two dogs are kept in a small pen beside Ms Corr’s house and that they ‘bark at everything.’

She claimed the dogs barked repeatedly ….read more

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Murder accused told gardai he was a "psychopath" who needed the death penalty

Central Criminal Court

A man told gardai he was a ‘psychopath’ who needed ‘the death penalty’, describing the 21 stab wounds he inflicted on his flatmate as a ‘massacre’, his murder trial has heard.

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

The 31-year-old was found in his bathroom with a knife protruding from his chest, after his employer raised the alert a few days later.

His flatmate and colleague, Jacky Lumi, had fled across Europe by the time of the discovery at Linnbhla, ….read more

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Newspaper of evidential significance in case of man charged in connection with David Black murder, court hears

Special Criminal Court

The discovery of an Evening Herald newspaper, found in the apartment of a man charged in connection with the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black and open on the page of a story about the shooting, is of “evidential significance”, a Dublin court has heard.

Vincent Banks (46), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty before the Special Criminal Court to a charge of withholding information in relation to the murder.

At the close of the prosecution case today Mr Paul Greene SC told the non-jury court that an Evening Herald newspaper from November 2, ….read more


Chinese takeaway director convicted and fined for employing illegal workers

District Courts

A CHINESE takeaway director has been convicted and fined after she was found to have employed three illegal workers.

Guigin Zhang, of Riverside Chinese Takeaway, at River Valley Shopping Centre in Swords was charged with employing one worker who did not have a work permit on May 7, 2013 and employing two other workers without work permits on January 5th, 2013.

The case was taken by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Inspector Ray Curran told Balbriggan District Court that he visited the takeaway on May 7th last year where he discovered an employee did not have a work permit.

He ….read more

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