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Jury begin deliberating in Melanie McNamara murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a teenager charged with murdering Melanie McCarthy McNamara, after hearing closing speeches from each side.

Daniel McDonnell’s barrister told jurors that there wasn’t a scintilla of evidence against his client apart from two letters he wrote in prison, which he described as ‘rants to his friend and girlfriend’.

The Central Criminal Court trial had heard that one of the letters included the words: “Close-range head shots. That’s what I’m going for… Two in the head. The bitch is dead. Ha ha… Little did he know I had a loaded 12-guage. Left his bitch ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury begin deliberations in Limerick murder trial

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

The jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a Limerick man accused of murdering a retired soldier with a sweeping brush.

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.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan told the jury that the defence raised the issue of whether the accused should be found guilty of murder or manslaughter.

“In deciding whether this is a case of murder or manslaughter, the prosecution (Micheál P ….read more

Balbriggan-courthouse

Woman accused of stealing nearly €20k from knitwear business sent forward for trial

District Courts

A CO LOUTH woman accused of stealing nearly €20,000 over a four-year period from a knitwear manufacturing business has been sent forward for trial.

Paula Reid is alleged to have taken a total of €19,604 from Hugh Burrows & Sons Ltd, who are based on Clonard Street in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, on dates between November 20th, 2008 and December 20th, 2012.

Ms Reid (50) is charged with 65 offences of theft from the business and is facing trial by judge and jury in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Reid, with an address at Marrion Park in Drogheda, appeared before Balbriggan District Court.

A State solicitor ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Murder accused seen with knife before stabbing, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of murdering a father-of-one has heard that the accused was seen with a knife before the stabbing took place.

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

A statement of Lee Dalton, who was drinking with the group of five men involved in the incident on the night in question, was read to the court by Mr Tom O’Connell SC prosecuting.

In the statement Mr Dalton said that a group of males were drinking in Mr Gibney’s home and they decided ….read more

Corey Mulhall

Detective Inspector denies receiving document

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Corey Mulhall (43) arriving at the Special Criminal Court)

A garda detective inspector has denied receiving a document last year which gives an alternative explanation for the events surrounding the arrest of a man who has admitted taking photos of the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units.

Detective Inspector Anthony Lenihan, 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 ….read more

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Young man who punched and robbed 14-year-old on train remanded on continuing bail

District Courts

A YOUNG man who punched a 14-year-old boy in the face a number of times before stealing his iPod has been remanded on continuing bail at Balbriggan District Court for a Probation & Welfare Report.

Alan Joyce (19) walked up to the 14-year-old victim on the train from Gormanston to Skerries and tried to grab his iPod. He then punched the young boy a number of times in the face causing severe bruising and got off the train at Balbriggan Train Station with the iPod.

Gardai located him on Balbriggan Beach a short time later in possession of the stolen iPod.

Joyce, of ….read more

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