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Jury warned over identification evidence in soldier murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A judge has warned the jury in the case of a man accused of murdering a former soldier that they must “exercise caution” when considering identification evidence heard during the trial.

Mr Justice Michael White has finished charging the jury in the Central Criminal Court trial of Gary Watson (35), who is accused of murdering former soldier Warren O’Connor (24) nine years ago in north Dublin.

Mr O’Connor died from a single stab wound to the neck and the knife’s blade was found “partially impaled” in his body when his post-mortem was conducted.

Mr Watson, with an address at Millbrook Avenue, ….read more

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Nine years for taxi driver embroiled in €3.5m drugs operation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Declan Brennan

A Dublin taxi driver who became involved in a €3.5 million drug operation to offset his cousin’s debt to dealers has been jailed for nine years.

Gardaí with confidential information saw Michael Smullen (31) take two bags from a lock-up facility, drive a short distance and then hand these to another man.

Detective Garda Patrick Hearne said he and his colleagues arrested the men and discovered the bags to contain cannabis and cocaine worth over €114,900.

Investigators subsequently found 18.5kg of cocaine, along with heroin, ketamine, cannabis herb and resin and €51,000 of MDMA in the lock-up, ….read more

Padraic Powell

Farmer was "extremely clean" on morning of DJ's disappearance, garda tells trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Inspector Padraic Powell. Credit: Collins)

The first garda on the scene when DJ Bobby Ryan’s body was found noticed that the man accused of his murder was “extremely clean” considering he had been working with slurry that morning.

Farmer Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby ‘Mr Moonlight’ Ryan on a date between June 3, 2011 and April 2013.

Mr Ryan’s body was found in a run-off tank on the farm leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary in April 2013. The prosecution claims that Mr Quirke murdered Mr Ryan ….read more


Dad-of-three agreed to collect €300k after running up cocaine debt

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-three who agreed to collect over €300,000 earned from drug dealing and hide it in a rented Dublin apartment has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Mark Connolly (44) told gardaí he had agreed to pick up the cash to pay off a €4,000 debt, run up from his own cocaine habit.

He had successfully completed six runs when he walked into the apartment as gardaí were searching it, having received a tip-off that criminals were storing cash there.

Detective Sergeant Declan O’Connell told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that the cash was found hidden behind a slightly concealed panel in a wardrobe in ….read more

Yusuf Ali Abdi

Father jailed for life for murdering infant son has conviction quashed on appeal

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Mr Yusuf Ali Abdi. Credit: Collins)

A man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia 10 years after a jury found him guilty of murdering his infant son, has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Yusuf Ali Abdi, with a last address at The Elms, College Road, Clane, Co Kildare, stood trial in 2003 for the murder of his son, Nathan Baraka Andrew Ali, in an apartment at that address on April 17, 2001.

Abdi’s defence at trial was that he was insane and a number of medical experts were called by the defence to support that view. He ….read more

Four Courts building

HSE sues man over allegedly confusing crisis pregnancy website

High Court

The Health Services Executive has brought High Court proceedings against a man who has allegedly created a misleading website that is confusingly similar to the HSE’s crisis pregnancy service, ‘My Options’.

The HSE’s action is against Mr Eamon Murphy, who it claims has established a website passing off the service known as ‘My Options’.

The HSE claims that through the website called, Mr Murphy is inappropriately offering pregnancy scans, is trying to convince women not to go ahead with abortions, or berating those who have chosen to undergo a termination.

Late last year, the HSE secured the contract to run ….read more

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