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Barrister tells jury that nurse accuse of murdering her mother lacked the necessary intent

Central Criminal Court

The barrister for a nurse who killed her mother on Christmas Eve has said she did not have the intent necessary for murder because she was so intoxicated.

Caroline Biggs SC was giving her closing speech in the trial of a 36-year-old nurse charged with murdering her mother in their Dublin home on December 24th 2010.

Greta Dudko of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 55-year-old Anna Butautiene. However, the Lithuanian mother of one has pleaded not guilty to her murder at that address.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that the accused, her mother and Ms Dudko’s ….read more

Patrick Lee

Judgement in case of man wanted in US for allegedly defrauding banks expected next month

High Court

The High Court is expected to decide next month whether to extradite a Co. Kildare man wanted by US authorities to face fraud, money laundering and identity theft charges.

Patrick Lee (41) is alleged to have knowingly engaged in a scheme with others to intentionally defraud numerous US banks and mortgage lenders out of loans for properties, which were never repaid.

American authorities have sought his extradition to prosecute him for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, six counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Mr Lee of Newtown, Co. Kildare claims the allegations against him, ….read more

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Fred Forsey tells court he saw "a lot of stabbings" in prison and "wanted out"

Court of Criminal Appeal

A former Fine Gael Councillor, who told a court today that he saw stabbings in Mountjoy Prison and “wanted out”, has been granted an extension of time to appeal his conviction for receiving corrupt payments.

Fred Forsey Jnr (45) was found guilty of taking monies totalling €80,000 in Waterford Circuit Criminal Court two years ago and sentenced to six years in prison with the final two suspended.

In the Court of Criminal Appeal today, counsel for Mr Forsey, Remy Farrell SC, sought an extension of time to allow Mr Forsey appeal his sentence and conviction. A defendant has 21 days from the ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Suspended sentence for man who damaged school door

A MAN who has 33 previous convictions has been given a six month suspended sentence after he caused damage to the back door of a Swords school.

Brian Clarke (28) of Applewood Mews in Applewood Village, Swords pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to causing criminal damage to Swords Educate Together School on the Rathbeale Road on August 28th.

Garda Stephen Harte gave evidence that €200 worth of damage was caused when the back door of the school was forced open.

He said finger prints were collected at the scene and Clarke was arrested later.

Clarke’s solicitor ….read more

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Bench warrant for garda accused of harassing women

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Declan Brennan

A judge has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a garda charged with harassing a woman after the accused failed to appear for a court date.

Garda Donal Maguire (38) is charged with harassing one woman at a location in Dublin over a period in 2012. He is also charged with harassing the same woman at a location in Dublin on dates in 2012 and early 2013.

The father of four was scheduled to appear before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today where he was due to be arraigned, meaning he would indicate how he intended to plead to ….read more

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Garda received between 25 and 30 stitches, trial of soldier accused of assaulting five gardai hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A jury in the trial of a Dublin soldier charged with assaulting five gardai has heard that one garda received between 25 and 30 stitches following the alleged incident.

Naoise O Conarain (22) of Redwood Lawn, Kilnamanagh, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting gardai Andrew Quinn and Fiachra Molloy causing them harm at his home on March 10 2013.

He has also denied charges of assaulting gardaí Ross Foy, Kevin Keane and Simon Butler on the same date.

Garda Andrew Quinn told the court today that he received a punch to the face from the accused ….read more

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