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State pathologist tells court man was stabbed 30 times

Central Criminal Court

The State Pathologist has told the trial of a man accused of murdering a father-of-one in North Dublin that the deceased had 30 stab wounds.

Andrew Gibney (21) of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart has pleaded not guilty to murdering Gerard Burnett (28) at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart on August 21, 2012.

Professor Marie Cassidy told Mr Tom O’Connell SC prosecuting there were 30 wounds to Mr Burnett’s head and body but only six were deep and fatal.

She said the cause of death was multiple stab wounds and blood loss due to injuries to the right lung, heart and liver.

Prof Cassidy said the majority of ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Cork man jailed for life for murder fails in appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A Cork man who was jailed for life for the murder of a young Englishman who had joked about his father being in a loyalist organisation has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

Timothy O’Driscoll (36), formerly of St. Rita’s Avenue, Gurranabraher, stabbed Lee McCarthy (25) to death after drinking with him and inviting him back to his family home.

In October 2011 O’Driscoll was jailed for life by Mr Justice Paul Carney after he was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury in Cork of the murder of Mr McCarthy at St Rita’s Avenue on April 17, 2010.

Lawyers for ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Father-of-two jailed for hiding CCTV device linked to murder

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Limerick father-of-two has been sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment for hiding a CCTV device with important evidence for the murder trial of his brother and uncle.

Ian Flanagan (24) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in the city was found guilty last month of assisting an offender by hiding the CCTV device on waste ground away from the family home.

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 their uncle, Paul Colbert (46), were ….read more

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Man deemed unfit to stand trial for brother's murder

Central Criminal Court

A 65-year-old Wicklow farmer with dementia and Parkinson’s disease has been deemed unfit to stand trial for the murder of his older brother in 2010.

Cecil Tomkins is charged with murdering 66-year-old Walter Tomkins at their home in Cronlea, Shillelagh on July 1st of that year.

When his case was called before the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Paul Carney heard there was an issue about his fitness to stand trial.

His barrister, John O’Kelly SC, said his client had been suffering from advanced and aggressive Parkinson’s disease for a number of years and was currently an inpatient in Bloomfield Hospital in ….read more

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Mayo man to stand trial for murdering his mother

Central Criminal Court

A 22-year-old Mayo man has admitted killing his mother almost three years ago, but he has denied her murder and will go on trial later this week.

Celyn Eadon of Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar was before the Central Criminal Court today, charged with murdering Noreen Kelly.

When arraigned, he pleaded not guilty to murdering the 46-year-old, but guilty to her manslaughter at that address on March 9, 2011.

Isobel Kennedy SC, prosecuting, said that plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Justice Paul Carney then swore in a jury of seven men and five women to hear the murder trial, which ….read more

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Murder accused told his mother he choked pensioner with sweeping brush

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

The mother of a Limerick man accused of murdering an elderly man with a sweeping brush said her son was in tears as he admitted he did it.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

In a statement read to the jury by Micheál O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, the mother of the accused Pauline Whelan gave an account of the days following the death of James Boyce.

“On Sunday March ….read more

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