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Man goes on trial charged with murdering pensioner with sweeping brush

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A 21-year-old Limerick man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering a man at his home using a sweeping brush.

Christopher McNamara of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

Michael O’Higgins, prosecuting, opened the trial for the jury today.

He said that the accused is believed to have visited the deceased James Boyce (71) on Sunday night the 6th March 2011 and a second time after midnight.

It is ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man denies Dublin murder

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of murdering a man in north Dublin in 2012.

Andrew Gibney (21) is charged with murdering Gerard Burnett (28) at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart on August 21, 2012.

Mr Gibney of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart appeared before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court today and pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on the single count of murder.

The trial is due to start on Tuesday before a jury of six men and six women and is expected to last two weeks.


'I am guilty': Italian accused's reply to Castleknock murder charge

District Courts

A 34-YEAR-OLD Italian man replied “I am guilty” when he was charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a well known pro-life campaigner and religious writer at his Dublin home.

The body of religious writer Tom O’Gorman (39) from Beech Park Avenue, in the suburb of Castleknock, was found after gardai were called to his large detached home at about 1.50am on Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem was later carried out by Professor Marie Cassidy.

Saverio Bellante, who had been lodging with Mr O’Gorman, was detained by gardai under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice ….read more

Siobhan Whitaker

Mother who cleaned up murder scene jailed for 18 months

Central Criminal Court

A mother-of-one who cleaned up the scene of a murder carried out by a “recidivist criminal” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Siobhan Whitaker (25) with an address in Meadow Vale in London pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension of an individual who she knew or believed to be guilty of Maurice Martin’s murder in Finglas on June 12, 2009.

The Central Criminal Court heard that convicted criminal Daniel Gaynor, who was since murdered, killed the 21-year-old by stabbing him to death after he thought he smiled at his girlfriend.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Paul Carney said Whitaker had “no involvement ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Dublin Teenager pleads not guilty to Melanie McCarthy murder

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin teenager has pleaded not guilty to murdering 16-year-old Melanie McCarthy McNamara in Tallaght almost two years ago.

Daniel McDonnell of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght was before the Central Criminal Court today charged with murdering the teenager at Brookview Way.

When arraigned before a packed courtroom, the 19-year-old pleaded not guilty to her murder on February 8th 2012.

Mr Justice Paul Carney swore in a jury of six men and six women to hear the trial, which begins tomorrow morning and is expected to last a week.

Court of Criminal Appeal

Brother and sister charged with murder of Thomas Horan

District Courts

A BROTHER and sister made no reply when they were charged with the murder of 63-year-old Thomas Horan, who was found dead in his sheltered accommodation apartment in Dublin on Monday.

The body of Mr Horan, who was believed to have originally come from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, was found at his home at Cambridge Court, a housing complex in Irishtown, where he had been living for about four years.

At 4 a.m. on Monday gardai received a 999 alert call following the discovery of his body in the bedroom of his ground floor flat.

A doctor pronounced him dead at the scene and ….read more

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