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Cork man jailed for life for murder of mum-of-three

Central Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A 37-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering a woman he’d been “an item” with for three months.

Darren Murphy of Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West, Co Cork had pleaded not guilty to murdering Olivia Dunlea (36) at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, Co Cork on February 17 2013 but had attempted to plead guilty to manslaughter.

Mr Murphy, who admitted setting fire to Ms Dunlea’s home because, he claimed, he “didn’t want the kids to find her,” had pleaded guilty to a second charge of arson.

A jury in the Central Criminal Court took four-and-a-half hours to find him ….read more

Catherine Nevin

Catherine Nevin appeal to be heard in July

Court of Criminal Appeal

A bid by Catherine Nevin to take an appeal against her conviction for murder to the Supreme Court will be heard in July.

Nevin is seeking to bring her case before the Supreme Court on the basis that it raises points of law of exceptional public importance and that it is in the public interest that these should be decided on by the Supreme Court.

This morning at the Court of Criminal Appeal, solicitor Anne Fitzgibbon said that it was understood that July 7 was available for hearing. State solicitor Padraic Taylor said this date was suitable.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman ….read more

Irish High Court

Man formerly serving life sentence faces extradition over escaping English prison

High Court

by Anne Sharkey

A 66-year-old man faces possible extradition to the United Kingdom following escape from an English prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder.

Anthony Craig served twenty eight years in prison before escaping and moving to County Cork.

Counsel for the Minister of Justice and Equality, Diarmaid McGuinness told the High court that Craig had been living in Ireland for eight years and had moved from Cork to Leitrim.

In a note read by Mr McGuinness, Craig said he had been rehabilitated and expressed remorse for what he had done.

‘I have rehabilitated – Ireland has given me a chance. ….read more

Wayne Dundon

Roy Collins murder trial continues in "trial within a trial"

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused man Wayne Dundon)

The trial of two Limerick men charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins has heard and watched evidence in a trial within the trial, which will determine the admissibility of the evidence.

Gardai gave evidence and a video was shown today in the Special Criminal Court trial of Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect and Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect.

The two men have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

The non-jury court has heard that Mr Collins was at ….read more

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Cork murder accused watched from hill "like Nero" as house burned, jury told

Central Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man accused of murdering his girlfriend and setting fire to her home allegedly watched from above like Nero as the house burned with her in it, a jury heard before beginning its deliberations.

Darren Murphy (37) of Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West, Co Cork has pleaded not guilty to murdering Olivia Dunlea (36) at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, Co Cork on February 17 2013.

When asked how he was to plead to the charge of murder, Mr Murphy said “not guilty, guilty of manslaughter”. The accused has pleaded guilty to a second charge of arson on the deceased woman’s ….read more

Wayne Dundon

Fiancee of Roy Collins felt “numb” on day of shooting, court hears

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused man Wayne Dundon)

The fiancée of murdered Limerick businessman Roy Collins has recalled how she felt “numb” while waiting on news of his condition in hospital on the day he was shot.

Melissa Crawford today gave evidence in the Special Criminal Court trial of Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect and Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, who have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

The non-jury court has heard that Mr Collins was at work around noon that day when a gunman ….read more

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