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Jury deliberates in North Dublin murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury is deliberating in the trial of a Dublin man accused of murdering a father-of-one in north Dublin.

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

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy has charged the jury of nine men and three women on verdicts of murder, manslaughter and an acquittal.

The jury has now been deliberating for an hour and will resume its deliberations on Tuesday.

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Dublin murder trial hears closing speeches

Central Criminal Court

Closing speeches are being made in the trial of a man accused of murdering a father-of-one in North Dublin.

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

The court has heard Mr Burnett sustained 30 stab wounds in the incident and was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

Mr Gibney told gardai that he stabbed Mr Burnett in the side three times with a knife he took from his kitchen.

In his closing speech Mr Tom O’Connell SC prosecuting said it was the State’s case that ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Surveillance trial hears belief evidence of Chief Superintendent

Special Criminal Court

A Garda Chief Superintendent has told the Special Criminal Court it is his belief that a man who has admitted taking photos of the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units is a member of the IRA.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Donohoe, Special Detective Unit, today gave evidence in the trial of Corey Mulhall (43), who was arrested in September 2012 after detectives observed suspicious activity at the Harcourt Hotel close to the garda complex on Harcourt Square.

The Harcourt Square building is home to the Special Detective Unit, whose tasks include monitoring the activities of dissident republicans.

The accused man, of ….read more

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Teenager jailed for life for Melanie McNamara murder

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Melanie McCarthy McNamara’s godmother Jennifer Roche, who gave a victim impact statement, leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court)

Teenager Daniel McDonnell has been sentenced to life in prison, after being found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Melanie McCarthy McNamara.

Melanie was shot in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and his friend in Tallaght two years ago.

McDonnell (19) of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to her murder on February 8th 2012 at nearby Brookview Way.

However, a jury of six men and six women today reached a unanimous verdict of guilty, following a seven-day trial ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man jailed for life for murdering pensioner with sweeping brush

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Limerick man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a retired soldier with a sweeping brush.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick had 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.

The court heard that James Boyce had been the victim of an assault with a long striking edge and that the fatal injuries were those on his neck where multiple fractures of the larynx were found.

The two-week trial heard that Christopher McNamara had ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Co Louth man pleads guilty to handgun possession

Special Criminal Court

A Co Louth man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to the possession of a .32 calibre handgun.

Counsel for Patrick McDonagh (49), Mr Michael O’Higgins SC, this morning told the non-jury court that his client was anxious to put a plea in.

McDonagh, with an address at Naughton Close, Dundalk, then entered the dock where he pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a .32 inch auto (7.65mm) calibre IZH 79-8 model Baikal make semi-automatic pistol bearing serial number TPB358706 at Main Street, Castlebellingham, Co Louth on June 10, 2013.

McDonagh was arrested by gardai in June of ….read more

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