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Carol Hawkins

PA who stole €2.8 million from U2 star must await appeal fate

Court of Criminal Appeal

Adam Clayton’s former personal assistant must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against her conviction and seven year sentence for theft from the U2 bass guitarist.

Carol Hawkins (51), originally from North London but with a last address at Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin was jailed in 2012 on 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton’s Bank of Ireland accounts over a four year period from 2004 to 2008. The thefts totalled €2,869,274.

The trial court heard that Ms Hawkins used the money to purchase and maintain 22 thoroughbred racehorses, a €310,000 New York apartment, holidays, education for her ….read more

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Man who killed elderly bachelor in psychiatric unit jailed for eight years

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ian Harman)

A man who admitted killing an elderly bachelor in a Co. Cavan psychiatric unit has been jailed for eight years.

Ian Harman (50), of Carrickallen, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co Cavan, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Michael Treanor (82) at the Psychiatric Unit of Cavan General Hospital, Lisdarn, Co Cavan on June 27, 2011.

On the eighth day of his trial last July, Harman was re-arraigned before the Central Criminal Court and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Paddy McCarthy SC prosecuting told the court that the plea was acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Court to rule next week on whether gardai can give evidence anonymously in murder trial

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

The Special Criminal Court will rule next week on whether gardaí from the National Surveillance Unit can give evidence anonymously in the trial of three men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

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 also pleaded ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Charred passport of woman killed by daughter found in rubbish bin, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

The charred passport of a woman killed by her daughter was found in their rubbish bin after the Christmas Eve attack, a jury has heard.

A detective gave the evidence to the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a 36-year-old nurse charged with murdering her mother in their Dublin home.

Greta Dudko of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 55-year-old Anna Butautiene. However, the Lithuanian woman has pleaded not guilty to her murder at that address on Christmas Eve 2010.

The trial already heard that the accused said she hit her mother over the head with a ….read more


HSE seeks court orders to force-feed woman who wishes to end her life

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Health Services Executive has asked the High Court for orders allowing it to force feed and administer fluids to a woman who wishes to be allowed die.

The woman, who is currently being treated at a psychiatric facility outside Dublin, has not eaten, and barely taken any fluids in two weeks. Her doctors fear she could die in a matter of days if she does not immediately increase her intake of fluids.

Lawyers for the woman, who suffers from a number of mental health conditions caused by her being sexually abused as a child, told the court she is ….read more

Outside Stock Close

"You're not going to ruin my life anymore": Murder accused Nurse told gardai of row with mother

Central Criminal Court

A nurse charged with murdering her mother on Christmas Eve told gardai that she hit her over the head with a glass bottle because the deceased had been trying to separate her from her husband.

Greta Dudko of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 55-year-old Anna Butautiene. However, the 36-year-old has pleaded not guilty to her murder at their home there on Christmas Eve 2010.

Detective Garda Patrick Traynor told her Central Criminal Court trial that he arrested the Lithuanian woman at the scene shortly before 10pm on Christmas Day. Ms Dudko’s husband had called ….read more

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