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Murder accused told gardai he hit and tied up pensioner

Central Criminal Court

A 30-year-old Sligo man accused of murdering a pensioner in his home told gardai he hit him and tied him up.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but has admitted the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He has pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and a jury was sworn in for the two-week trial.

Today the jury watched ….read more

Ben Gilroy

Ben Gilroy denies being in contempt of court

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Political activist Ben Gilroy has denied claims that he was “one of the ringleaders” of a group of protesters who forced bank appointed receivers off a Co Kildare stud farm.

Mr Gilroy, a founder of Direct Democracy Ireland, is before the High Court challenging allegations that he was in contempt of court orders for interfering with the receivership of the 120-acre stud farm at at Kennycourt, Brannockstown, Naas.

In proceedings before Mr Justice Sean Ryan lawyers for the receivers, Mark Reynolds and Glenn Crann, they had video evidence supporting their claim Mr Gilroy was centrally involved in ….read more

Thomas McMahon

IRA trial to go ahead after court hears evidence of garda recording system

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Thomas McMahon (31) at the Special Criminal Court)

The Special Criminal Court has ruled that the trial of two men for IRA membership can proceed after hearing evidence that there are no recording facilities at Clonmel and Cahir garda stations where the men were detained after arrest.

The trial of Thomas McMahon (31) and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) has now been adjourned until next week to allow the defence consider employing an expert to physically examine the two stations.

The Limerick men were due to stand trial at the non-jury court yesterday, but their trial was adjourned in the wake of ….read more

Marques Cropped

World's 'largest facilitator of child porn' granted legal aid because funds are "proceeds of crime"

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man the FBI has called “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” will get legal aid to fight his extradition to the United States, following a High Court judge’s ruling that any money he allegedly has would be considered the proceeds of crime.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central ….read more

Irish High Court

Body in suitcase suspects allowed Supreme Court bid

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

Two Dublin men wanted in Holland in connection with the discovery of a dismembered body in an Amsterdam canal will have aspects of their extradition case determined by the Supreme Court.

Dutch authorities had sought the surrender of Kenneth Brunell (27) from Palmerstown and Barry McArdle (27) from Drimnagh who were arrested by gardaí on foot of extradition warrants issued in 2011.

The men are wanted to face trial in connection with the death of Keith Ennis (29) from Walkinstown, whose dismembered body was found in an Amsterdam canal in 2009. Mr Ennis was on the run from gardaí at ….read more

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Life for man who murdered his flatmate over €4 bill

Central Criminal Court

A 42-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering his flatmate in their Dublin apartment after a row over a €4 bill.

Jacky Lumi (42) stabbed colleague and fellow Dutch national Kamal El Habsati 21 times and left the knife in his heart, before fleeing across Europe.

Their letting agent discovered the Moroccan-born 31-year-old a few days later after their employer raised the alarm.

Lumi had pleaded not guilty to murdering his flatmate on December 1st 2012 at Linnbhla, Santry Cross in Ballymun. He had asked for a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds of provocation.

The Central Criminal Court trial heard that ….read more

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