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Lorcan Staines

Murder accused a 'proven and admitted liar', State tells jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Counsel for the State Mr Lorcan Staines SC. Credit: Collins)

A man on trial accused of murdering his former flatmate by stabbing him 62 times is “a proven and admitted liar” who was “kite flying” when he was interviewed by detectives, a prosecution barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court today.

Counsel for the State, Lorcan Staines SC, also asked the jury panel to be careful before they accepted the defendant’s narrative and “self-serving assertions”.

Mr Staines gave his closing speech today in the trial of Sebastian Barczuk (32), who is charged with murdering his homeless friend ….read more

Paul Nugent

Evidence against driver 'fundamentally flawed', defence tells jury

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Paul Nugent. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for a businessman accused of driving dangerously when his car knocked down a pensioner have told a jury that the prosecution’s evidence is fundamentally flawed.

Paul Nugent (58) was driving down Harbour Road in Howth just after midday on January 8, 2018 when his car struck Thomas Clinton who was crossing the road from between parked cars.

Mr Clinton, then aged 80, hit the ground and lost consciousness. He suffered life threatening injuries, including head injuries and a broken leg bone.

He was kept in intensive care for several weeks and is likely to need long term ….read more

Joseph Coughlan

Judge directs truck driver be acquitted of causing serious harm to schoolboy

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Joseph Coughlan. Credit: Collins)

A truck driver accused of careless driving causing serious harm to a five-year-old schoolboy who got trapped under the wheel of his truck has been acquitted after a judge found the prosecution case against him was “speculative”.

Following legal argument after the first day of his trial in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Pauline Codd said the accused man, Joseph Coughlan, had been “effectively exonerated” by the garda investigating the accident.

The trial on Tuesday heard from garda forensic investigator, Sergeant Peter Culleton, who said he believed the accident occurred “very very quickly” and was unavoidable.

The judge ….read more

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Woman who sliced civil servant's throat on walk home from work to stay in jail

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Laura Kenna. Credit: Collins)

By Seán McCárthaigh

A homeless woman who slit a civil servant’s throat as she walked home from work in Dublin in an unprovoked attack has failed in her attempt to overturn her conviction for attempted murder.

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Laura Kenna (37), against her convictions for the attempted murder and assault causing harm of Fionnuala Bourke on the Lower Drumcondra Road in Dublin on January 3, 2017.

The court also threw out a separate appeal by Kenna against the severity of the sentence imposed on her by the Central Criminal Court in April ….read more

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Care facility is wound-up

High Court

The High Court has made orders formally winding up an operator that runs a south Dublin care facility catering for vulnerable adults and a nursing home.

Mr Justice Michael Quinn made the order in respect of St Mary’s Centre (Telford), after being informed that no appeal is being brought against his decision not to appoint an examiner to the company.

The company had operated both a disability care facility for persons who are legally blind and a nursing home on a campus beside St Vincent’s Hospital on Merrion Road in Dublin.

The company sought to wind up the facility, which is owned ….read more

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly

Farmer will not face second prosecution over tractor death of boy (14)

Court of Appeal

by Paul Neilan

A Cork farmer will not be prosecuted for a second time over the death of a boy who fell from his defective tractor seven years ago, after the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier ruling that the trial could proceed.

Ruling judge Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly also criticised the seven-year gap between the death and the ultimate decision on whether the prosecution could occur, which she said “does not reflect well on this State”.

14-year-old Micheál Murphy was killed when he fell out of the passenger door of a tractor being driven by an employee of the appellant, ….read more

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