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Melanie McNamara murder jury shown shotgun

Central Criminal Court

A murder trial has heard that teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara was bleeding profusely from her skull when she arrived at hospital after being gunned down in Tallaght two years ago.

The jury was also shown the shotgun that gardai found shortly after the 16-year-old was shot in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and his friend.

Daniel McDonnell of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght is on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering the teenager at Brookview Way.

The 19-year-old has pleaded not guilty to her murder on February 8th 2012.

A statement from staff at Tallaght Hospital ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Deceased sustained 30 stab wounds, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of murdering a father-of-one has heard the deceased sustained 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.

Mr Burnett suffered 30 stab wounds and was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later, the Central Criminal Court heard.

The accused told gardai that Mr Burnett stabbed Mr Gibney in the shoulder with a screwdriver four years previously.

Mr Tom O’Connell SC prosecuting told the jury in his opening speech the accused was 20, Mr Burnett was 28 at the ….read more

Ali Damache

Ali Damache judicial review judgement due next week

High Court

A High Court judge has said he will return judgement next week in the judicial review application brought by a man facing extradition to the United States on international terrorism charges.

Algerian-born Irish citizen Ali Charaf Damache (48), who has been living in Ireland for a decade, is wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

The High Court heard the US alleges it has evidence that Damache conspired with American woman Colleen LaRose – who used the online name “Jihad ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Fingerprints of murder accused found in deceased pensioner's bedroom

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A court has heard that the fingerprints of a Limerick man accused of murdering a pensioner with the handle of a sweeping brush, were found at the scene of the crime.

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.

Fingerprints found within the bedroom of the deceased James Boyce were found to match the accused Christopher McNamara.

Detective Wall told the court that he was in no doubt that ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Document gives alternative explanation for events, SCC hears

Special Criminal Court

A document sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions gives an explanation for the events surrounding the arrest of a man charged in connection with an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Corey Mulhall (41) was arrested in September 2012 after detectives observed suspicious activity at a hotel close to Harcourt Square. The Harcourt Square building is home to the Special Detective Unit, whose tasks include monitoring the activities of dissident republicans.

Mr Mulhall, of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation ….read more

Graham Dwyer

State allowed two weeks to complete book of evidence for Elaine O'Hara murder accused

District Courts

THE State has been allowed two weeks to complete a book of evidence for the trial of architect Graham Dwyer who is accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara.

Mr Dwyer, who is originally from Cork, but has an address at address at Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin 18, is accused of the murder of Elaine O’Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.

Her remains were discovered on Killakee mountain, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, in September 2013, more than a year after she was last seen.

The 41-year-old married father-of-two had been charged on October 18 last and when asked if ….read more

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