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Melanie McCarthy murder accused bragged about shooting, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been told that the teenager charged with murdering 16-year-old Melanie McCarthy McNamara allegedly bragged about shooting her in graffiti on his cell wall.

A prosecutor told his trial that while being investigated for her killing two years ago, Daniel McDonnell wrote on his cell wall: ‘Two in the head. Your bitch is dead’.

McDonnell of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght went on trial at the Central Criminal Court today, charged with murdering the teenager.

She was shot in the head as she sat in the back seat of a car at Brookview Way in Tallaght.

The 19-year-old has pleaded not guilty to ….read more


Teenage boy and girl to stand trial for rape


A TEENAGE boy and girl are to stand trial accused of raping another teenage girl in Dublin in 2012.

The boy and girl, who are aged in their mid-teens, have appeared at the Children’s Court in Dublin and each face a charge of rape of the same female.

It is alleged that the attack occurred at the boy’s home in 2012 and the pair also face charges for sexual assault which allegedly happened on the same date.

The two defendants, who were accompanied to their hearing by family members and lawyers, have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges.

In most ….read more


Leukaemia sufferer who had €1,500 worth of cannabis gets suspended sentence

District Courts

A FATHER-of-two who had €1,500 worth of cannabis herb which he was supplying to himself and two friends has been given a six month suspended sentence.

Kevin Marry, who has leukaemia since 2009, began to smoke cannabis to increase his appetite as he was losing too much weight. He also suffers from kidney failure, Swords District Court has heard.

Marry of Chapel Close in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of cannabis herb for sale or supply on May 2nd, 2013 at his home address.

Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy said the 42-year-old, is now in remission with his leukaemia and ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder trial hears of moment gardai discovered pensioner's body

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A court has heard that the lifeless body of an elderly Limerick man covered in scratches was found by gardai with what was believed to be the murder weapon lying nearby.

Christopher McNamara 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.

A statement given by the garda who discovered the body of Mr Boyce was read at a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court today.

The statement made by Garda Enda Moroney ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man who hid ecstasy tablets in his underwear may escape prison sentence

District Courts

A MAN who hid ecstasy tablets in his underwear and ran from gardai before being searched may escape a prison sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service.

James Marry was acting in a suspicious manner and tried to avoid gardai when they approached him on Drogheda Street in Balbriggan, Swords District Court has heard.

Marry (25) of The Bakery, George’s Hill in Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of 51 ecstasy tablets for sale or supply valued at €300 on October 27th, 2010 at Drogheda Street in Balbriggan.

Marry, who has three previous drug related convictions including suspended sentences, ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Drink-driver crashed car after celebrating news his wife was expecting

A MAN who was caught drink driving after he crashed his car into a ditch while out celebrating the news that his wife was expecting a baby has been disqualified from driving for three years.

Marcin Andrejczat (38) of Lazy Acre Cottage, Brackenstown Road in Swords was also fined €500 after he pleaded guilty to drink driving on December 4th, 2012 on the Rathbeale Road.

Garda Miriam O’Donovan gave evidence that she came across a car in a ditch and when she spoke to the driver she got a smell of alcohol from ….read more

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