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70th birthday celebrations 'tarnished' by head-butt

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who “tarnished” a woman’s 70th birthday celebrations by head-butting her son in a pub has received a fully suspended sentence.

Kevin Lacey (31) of Rollins Villas, Sallynoggin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Magpie Inn, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, on September 15, 2019. He has one previous conviction for affray committed in 2009.

Garda Ciaran Russell told Eoghan Cole BL, prosecuting, that Trevor Howard was attending the pub with his friends and family in celebration of his mother’s 70th birthday.

Gda Russell said that over the course of the evening, Mr Howard and the accused man ….read more

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Second witness tells Cameron Blair trial he saw teen accused with knife

Central Criminal Court

A second witness has told a jury that a teenage accused was “brandishing” and “waving” a knife during an argument outside a house party where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered.

Under cross-examination for a second day at the Central Criminal Court, Darren O’Leary, who hosted the pre-drinks party in his rented accommodation in Cork city, insisted to the accused’s defence counsel that he had seen the knife “with my own eyes” and if the barrister “said differently” then that was “a lie”.

It is the defence contention that two boys out of a group of three who had gathered outside ….read more

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'I can't let go': witness describes holding on to murdered friend Cameron Blair

Central Criminal Court

A witness has described how he held on to his friend Cameron Blair as he bled out from a fatal stab wound to the neck, telling gardai who arrived at the scene: “I can’t let go”.

Darren O’Leary also told the Central Criminal Court today how murdered college student Cameron said that three teenagers, one of whom later plunged a knife into his neck, “were tome, or sound’” before he brought them into a house party in Cork city.

“I said to Cameron this is on your shoulders,” Mr O’Leary told the Central Criminal Court today.

The jury also heard ….read more

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Witness tells murder trial of baseball bat 'stand-off'

Central Criminal Court

A witness in the trial of a man accused of murdering a 20-year-old man in Kildare has told the Central Criminal Court of a “stand-off” between a group of young people and a male carrying a baseball bat on the night of the killing.

Several witnesses today gave evidence in the trial of Zoltan Almasi, a Serbian-born man living in Naas who is accused of murdering Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Dunne in the Kildare town in May 2014.

Mr Almasi (49) of Harbour View, Naas, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Dunne but guilty to ….read more

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Kevin Lunney describes dragging himself along dark country road, fearing nobody would come to help

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney feared that nobody would come to help as he dragged himself along a country road, shivering from the cold, with a broken leg, knife wounds to his chest, and blood dripping from his face, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Mr Lunney (52) had been stripped to his boxer shorts before his attackers abandoned him on the side of a dark, country road at about 9pm on a September night.

Giving evidence at the trial of four men accused of falsely imprisoning him and causing him serious harm, Mr ….read more

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Lee Canavan jailed for life for role in 'Daithi Douglas' murder

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lee Canavan. Credit: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has jailed Dublin man Lee Canavan for life for his role in the murder of David ‘Daithí’ Douglas, who was “executed” at a city centre shoe shop five years ago.

In passing judgement last month, the three-judge court ruled that Canavan (32) was part of a joint enterprise or shared intention to murder Mr Douglas in what was described as a “meticulously planned execution”.

However, the non-jury court did not agree with the State’s contention that Canavan was “the person who literally pulled the trigger”, owing to a lack of forensic or identification evidence.

Mr ….read more

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