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Man twice arrested for IRA membership allowed Christmas bail

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man who was twice arrested for membership of the IRA in the space of four months will be allowed home on bail over the Christmas period under effective house arrest.

Gardai had objected to bail being granted to Kevin Braney (39), of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght , who was among eight men brought before an Easter Sunday sitting of the Special Criminal Court and charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 29, 2013.

His seven co-accused are: Des Christie (49), of Liam Mellows ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder jury urged to use logic

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

Members of a jury at the Central Criminal Court were asked to use logic in their verdict on the murder of a 25-year-old man stabbed more than 100 times.

Addressing the jury on behalf of the prosecution today, Paul Burns SC said that the evidence should prove that the accused stabbed the deceased to death.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh (36) of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown), has pleaded not guilty to murdering David Whyte in September 2008.

The prosecutor said that it is important to bear evidence given by witnesses in mind as well as exhibits seen by members of the jury.

“The DNA ….read more


Man who became abusive to gardai who took his beer avoids prison

District Courts

A MAN who became abusive to gardai after they took cans of beer from him at a County Dublin beach during the summer has avoided a prison sentence.

Anthony O’Connor (24) was part of a large group of people consuming alcohol at around 4.30pm on July 8th at Portmarnock beach.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that O’Connor carry out 200 hours community service work in lieu of a month’s prison sentence.

Garda Neil Plunkett gave evidence at Swords District Court that when he asked O’Connor,who has 19 previous convictions, for the alcohol, he became abusive to gardai and to members of the public.

O’Connor, a ….read more

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Jury begins deliberations in trial of man charged with murdering his mother

Central Criminal Court

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a 32-year-old man with schizophrenia, charged with murdering his mother at their Co Kilkenny home last year.

Niall Stapleton of Glebe Lodge, Kilfane, Thomastown has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Siobhan Stapleton (51) at that address on May 25, 2012. She died from blunt force trauma to the head, after being beaten with the handle of a garden implement.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the college graduate maintains that he is not guilty by reason of insanity. He told doctors that he thought his mother had been replaced by an ….read more


Senior manager who cultivated cannabis plants may escape prison sentence

District Courts

A SENIOR manager at a cargo company may escape a prison sentence for cultivating cannabis plants if he is deemed for community service.

Wayne Reid, of Valley View in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to cultivating two cannabis plants and being in unlawful possession of cannabis herb at his home address on April 11.

Garda David Smith gave evidence that when he searched Reid’s house he found two fully matured cannabis plants in a garden shed that was specially adapted for the growing of the plants. He said the plants were worth €800 each and he also found €1,000 worth of ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Man charged with burglary of Dublin hotel

A MAN charged with the burglary of a Portmarnock hotel has been remanded on continuing bail to re-appear before Swords District Court in January.

Raymond O’Hara of St Mary’s Mansions in Dublin 1 is alleged to have broke into the Portmarnock Hotel at Golf Links on December 11th, 2012.

State solicitor Ms Ann Collins told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions directs summary disposal of the case.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh outlined the allegations to Judge Dermot Dempsey stating that O’Hara is alleged to have broken into the hotel and made an unsuccessful attempt to access ….read more

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