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"Dark secret": murder accused wrote to agony aunt, witness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Mary Lowry. Credit: Collins)

An agony aunt letter allegedly written by a man who denies murdering his love rival details the break-down of a relationship that left the man “broken-hearted and angry” over finding out his former lover was seeing someone else.

The woman at the centre of the love triangle also told the court that the accused man Patrick Quirke stole underwear from her clothes line.

Michael Bowman SC, for the prosecution, read the “Dear Patricia” letter published in the Sunday Independent in February 2011 which the witness, Mary Lowry (52) said she believed was penned by Mr Quirke.

The ….read more

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Expert "shocked" by allegations of abuse during surgeon's examination

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Michael Shine. Credit: Collins)

A medical expert has told the trial of a retired surgeon accused of groping a number of boys in his care that he was “shocked” by allegations of a teenager being masturbated during an examination.

Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to thirteen charges of indecent assault allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda.

On the tenth day of the trial, Richard Stevens, a former consultant surgeon who currently teaches at the Royal ….read more

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Witness sobs as he tells murder trial of friend's fatal stabbing

Central Criminal Court

A murder trial witness has described how he and his friends told a former soldier they loved him and how he died as they tried to make him blink just minutes after he was fatally stabbed on a roadway.

Gary Watson (35) has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court accused of murdering Warren O’Connor (24) in north Dublin nine years ago.

Mr Watson, with an address at Millbrook Avenue, Kilbarrack, Dublin 13 has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr O’Connor at Hole in the Wall Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 on January 16, 2010.

Mr Watson also denies assaulting Philip Woodcock ….read more

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Full text of "Dear Patricia" letter allegedly penned by murder accused

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Murder accused Mr Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

Dear Patricia,

“I’ve made a right mess of my life and I need help on how to go forward. It all started four years ago, when my best friend died. This man was also my wife’s cousin and a close family friend. He left a wife and a young family after him.

I coped by throwing myself into doing all I could for my friend’s wife and children. There was much sorting out to do in relation to his business. Unfortunately, this led to an affair with his wife, and I fell deeply in love ….read more

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House owners forced onto street after couple break into former property

High Court

A woman and her former partner have broken back into and re-occupied her former South Dublin residence forcing the new owners onto the street, the High Court has heard.

Both the man and the woman, who earlier this year spent four months in prison over her failure to comply with a court order to vacate the property, cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The High Court heard on Wednesday heard that the woman, her former partner and her two teenage daughters have unlawfully occupied a property bought by Shawl Property Investments Ltd last September from a receiver appointed by a property ….read more

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No jail for pair who attacked staff and smashed up pub

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two Dublin men who smashed up a pub and attacked bar staff after they were thrown out have received suspended prison sentences.

Mark Doyle (34) and Patrick Farrelly (32) damaged outdoor heaters before smashing their way back into the pub in Clondalkin village, Dublin. They then smashed up picture frames and vodka bottles.

One member of staff, Patrick McCarthy, had his jaw broken after Farrelly punched him repeatedly.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the violence began after staff tried to throw the men out because they were so drunk. The pair refused to leave and during a scuffle Farrelly threw a punch ….read more

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