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Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Woman accused of stealing nearly €20k from a business over a four year period remanded on continuing bail

A CO LOUTH woman accused of stealing nearly €20,000 over a four-year period from a knitwear manufacturing business has been remanded on continuing bail to re-appear before the court next year.

Paula Reid (50) is alleged to have taken a total of €19,604 Hugh Burrows & Sons Ltd, who are based on Clonard Street in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, on dates between November 20th, 2008 and December 20th, 2012.

Reid is charged with 64 offences of theft from the business.

At Balbriggan District Court, Sergeant Tony Tighe ….read more

Tadhg Costello

South Co Dublin teenager on trial for attempted murder changes plea to guilty

Central Criminal Court

A South County Dublin teenager accused of the attempted murder of a 17-year-old has changed his plea to guilty during his Central Criminal Court trial.

Tadhg Costello (18) of Richmond Hill, Monkstown, had pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Josh Leahy at Johnson’s Court in Dublin city on May 31, 2012.

He had also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Leahy and unlawful possession of a knife on the same date.

Last week the jury heard how Mr Leahy was stabbed six times in the back after he left a nightclub in South William Street in Dublin 2.

Mr ….read more

Ali Damache

Ali Damache – Judge blocks off entire week to write judgement

High Court

A High Court judge has set aside an entire week to write the judicial review judgement in the case of a man facing extradition on terrorism charges.

An Algerian-born Irish citizen sought the judicial review of an attempt to extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted on international terrorism charges.

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 US alleges it has evidence that ….read more

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Grandfather murdered at front door of accused men, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

The grandfather of two Limerick men charged in connection with a killing near their home was murdered at their front door 17 years ago.

The mother of the two accused men made the revelation during their trial at the Central Criminal Court today.

Gerard McMahon was stabbed to death on January 18, 2012, as he arrived to visit his cousin on Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in Limerick City.

Seán Flanagan (28) and his uncle, Paul Colbert (46), of Lenihan Avenue have pleaded not guilty to murdering the 43-year-old.

Seán Flanagan’s brother, Ian Flanagan (24), of the same address, is accused of removing a CCTV recorder ….read more


Chip shop owner was defending himself against "aggressive youth", Judge rules

District Courts

A CHIP SHOP owner has been found not guilty of assaulting a teenager causing him harm.

Giuliano Di Murro had the charge dismissed against him at Swords District Court after Judge Dermot Dempsey heard evidence and ruled that Di Murro was defending himself after he faced ‘an aggressive youth who tried to headbutt him.’

Di Murro (35) of St Andrew’s Park, Swords, Co Dublin had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to the 17-year-old at Rivervalley Shopping Centre on February 17th.

The alleged victim gave evidence that he and four friends were outside the shops at Rivervalley at around 5.30pm.

He said Di ….read more

The Special criminal court

Man surrendered to Guernsey to face child abuse charges

High Court

A man in his forties is to be extradited back to Guernsey, where he is wanted on suspicion of sexually assaulting two children.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was before the High Court here today.

Mr Justice John Edwards heard that he had been arrested on November 13th and remanded in custody, but that he now wished to surrender to his arrest warrant.

He noted that Guernsey’s attorney general had made the request for extradition in February, after the man had not turned up for his trial last November. The authorities there determined that he was living in Ireland.

He ….read more

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