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Jury to begin deliberations in Cavan murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury is due to begin deliberating in the trial of a Polish national accused of murdering a Romanian man in Co. Cavan last year.

Przemyslaw Trebacz (35) of Bramble Rise, Killynebber, Cavan has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Costel Catalin Cretu (38) at Connolly Court, Connolly Street, Cavan between October 13 and 14, 2012.

Mr Trebacz has pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a door belonging to Brendan Cosgrove at Connolly Court on October 13, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that Mr Cretu was guarding two prostitutes in the apartment when he was stabbed twice.

The accused told gardai ….read more

Gerald Vollrath

Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of his elderly mother

Central Criminal Court

A 47-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempting to murder his elderly mother in a Waterford nursing home last year.

Gerald Vollrath of Tramore Heights, Tramore had been charged with the murder of Veronica Vollrath (83) on or about January 9, 2012.

He had pleaded not guilty to murdering her at Killure Bridge Nursing Home, Killure when arraigned at the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in for the trial, which was due to start today and was expected to last five days.

However when the case was called yesterday, Paul O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, told ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Father-of-two to be sentenced for impeding apprehension of brother and uncle for murder

Central Criminal Court

A Limerick father-of-two will be sentenced in the New Year for hiding his family’s CCTV device to impede the apprehension of his brother and uncle for murder.

Ian Flanagan (24) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in the city was last week found guilty of two counts of assisting an offender by hiding the device. He had pleaded not guilty but a jury brought in a unanimous verdict of guilty.

His crime related to the murder of Gerard McMahon, who was stabbed to death on January 18, 2012, as he arrived to visit his cousin on Lenihan Avenue.

Ian Flangan’s brother, Seán Flanagan (28), and ….read more


Murder accused insisted gardai spoke with him in Irish

Central Criminal Court

A murder suspect accused of stabbing a man over 100 times, insisted that gardai spoke with him entirely through Irish.

Seargent Jim Quinn told the Central Criminal Court that the accused wished to converse in Irish with him in the hours and days following his arrest.

Sgt Quinn was giving evidence todayin the trial of a 36-year-old Dublin man charged with stabbing a man more than 100 times.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown) has pleaded not guilty to murdering David Whyte between September 24 and 26 2008.

The remains of 35-year-old David Whyte of New Cabra Road were discovered at an ….read more


Trial of man accused of murdering Limerick pensioner won't go ahead until New Year

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a 21-year-old man accused of murdering a Limerick pensioner over two years ago will not go ahead until the New Year.

Christopher McNamara of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell Road, Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park, Limerick between March 6 and 7, 2011.

A jury of seven women and five men had been sworn in for the trial, which was due to start this morning at the Central Criminal Court.

However, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan told the jury that the trial before them had to be adjourned, as ….read more

Michael Kiely

Wife of CIRA statement reader tells court gardai acknowledged husband was not in IRA

Special Criminal Court

The wife of a man who read out a Continuity IRA statement threatening Irish members of the British Army has told the Special Criminal Court that gardai acknowledged they knew her husband was not a member of the IRA.

In a graveside oration delivered last January, father-of-two Michael Kiely (43) read a statement by CIRA “prisoners of war”, which stated that “the moment you don a British Army uniform you become a legitimate target for the IRA”.

Kiely, of Abbeyvale, Corbally, Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise ….read more

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