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Woman who admitted killing her 8-year-old son has sentencing adjourned

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Cork woman who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her eight-year-old-son has had her sentence hearing adjourned for two weeks.

Diane Ward (45) of Harrison Place, Charleville was due to be sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court.

Ward appeared in court earlier this month where she pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter of her son on 3 September 2012.

Timothy O’Leary SC, prosecuting, said that the ‘status remains the same’ and asked for one more week to be given before sentencing.

Mary Rose Gearty SC, defending, said ‘my client’s position is very difficult’ and reminded the court ….read more

Tadhg Costello

Teen sentenced to six years for attempted murder remains on bail

Central Criminal Court

A south County Dublin teenager who was sentenced to six years imprisonment with three years suspended for the attempted murder of a 17-year-old has had his bail extended pending an appeal.

Tadhg Costello (19) 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.

But Costello changed his plea to guilty of attempted murder on the fifth day of his Central Criminal Court trial last ….read more


Receiver seeks possession of accommodation for homeless

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A bank appointed receiver has asked the High Court for orders granting him possession of two properties used as emergency accommodation for Dublin’s homeless.

In an action before the High Court receiver Mr Aiden Murphy is seeking various injunctions against Mrs Hillary Hooton including one granting him possession of two properties at South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

Mr Murphy, who was appointed as receiver over the properties by Irish Banking Resolution Corporation in 2012, has asked the High Court for injunctions to be put in place, pending the full hearing of the action, compelling Mrs Hooton to deliver up ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man admits Sligo manslaughter but denies murder

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been sworn in at the Central Criminal Court for the trial of a 30-year-old who admits killing a man in Sligo but denies murdering him.

TodaySimon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

Mr Sean Gillane SC prosecuting said the manslaughter plea was not acceptable and a jury of seven women and ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder accused told gardai he pleaded "100 per cent guilty"

Central Criminal Court

A man on trial charged with murdering his flatmate over bills told gardai he pleaded “100 per cent guilty” and didn’t want to blame his personality disorder.

Jacky Lumi (42) is on trial at the Central Criminal Court, where he has pleaded not guilty to murdering fellow Dutch national Kamal El Habsati on December 1st 2012.

The Moroccan-born 31-year-old was found in their Dublin apartment with a knife protruding from his chest, after his employer raised the alert a few days later.

His flatmate and colleague, Jacky Lumi, had fled across Europe by the time of the discovery at Linnbhla, Santry Cross in ….read more


Parties to pay own costs in McKillen action

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

All of the parties involved in developer Paddy McKillen’s High Court action aimed at preventing the sale of his IBRC loans to the Barclay brothers must pay their own legal costs, following a ruling of the High Court yesterday.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan yesterday ruled that no order should be made by the courts as to the costs of proceedings brought by Mr McKillen’s against David and Frederick Barclay, and the special liquidators of the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation aimed at preventing his loans being sold by the special liquidators to the Barclays.

The case was due to be ….read more

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