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Irish High Court

Bail money put up by father of body-in-suitcase suspect is forfeited

High Court

The High Court has estreated part of the bail put up by the father of a Dublin man wanted by Dutch authorities in connection with the discovery of a dismembered body in an Amsterdam canal.

Dutch authorities have sought the surrender of Kenneth Brunell (27) from Palmerstown who was arrested by gardaí on foot of extradition warrants issued in 2011.

The 27-year-old is wanted to face trial in connection with the death of Keith Ennis (29) from Walkinstown, whose dismembered body was found in an Amsterdam canal in 2009. Mr Ennis was on the run from gardaí at the time.

His body parts ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man twice arrested for IRA membership in the space of four months refused bail

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A Dublin man who was arrested for membership of the IRA while out on bail on an earlier charge of IRA membership has been refused bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Declan Phelan (32), of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght was among eight men brought before the non-jury court and charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 29, 2013.

The men were arrested after a search of a commercial premises in Clondalkin as part of an on-going garda investigation in to the activities of dissident ….read more

justice new

Mother told murder accused daughter she was a bad parent, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a 36-year-old nurse, charged with murdering her mother, has heard that the deceased thought that her daughter was not a good parent and threatened to take her child away.

Greta Dudko has admitted killing 55-year-old Anna Butautiene at their home on Christmas Eve 2010 by hitting her over the head with a bottle. However, Ms Dudko of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin has denied her murder at that address.

The Lithuanian woman’s plea of not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter was not accepted by the DPP, and she is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

The ….read more


Trade Union gives undertakings to court over Lucan school picket

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The trade union Unite and several of its members have given undertakings before the High Court not to engage in activity including intimidation, harassment or blocking entrances to and from building sites operated by construction firm JJ Rhatigan.

The building company sought injunctions against Unite, two of its officials, and several members because it claims since a picket was mounted at the site where it is building a new school at Kishoge, Lucan by members of Unite, vehicles have been blocked when attempting to enter or leave the premises.

Rhatigan also claimed a lorry was damaged, a senior employee was ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Court set to rule on disclosure issue in Butterly trial

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

Lawyers for for three men charged with murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly would have discovered by now whether or not their former co-accused turned prosecution witness was ever a garda informant, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath have ….read more

Joe Oreilly

State to bring application to have Joe O’Reilly appeal dismissed

Court of Criminal Appeal

The State is to bring an application to dismiss an appeal brought by wife killer Joe O’Reilly, who is seeking to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice.

In July 2007 Joe O’Reilly was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife at their home in the Naul, Co. Dublin.

This month marks the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the badly beaten body of Rachel O’Reilly (30), who was found in the bedroom of her home on October 4th, 2004.

O’Reilly (41) has lodged an application under Section 2 of the ….read more

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