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Cork woman who smothered her son gets suspended sentence

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Cork woman who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her son has today received a seven-year suspended sentence.

Diane Ward (44) of Harrison Place, Charleville admitted smothering her son Anthony (8) at their Cork home on 3 of September 2012.

Miss Ward appeared in court last March where she pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

Timothy O’Leary SC prosecuting reminded the court today that Miss Ward had taken a significant overdose prior to the death of her son.

Earlier this year, the court heard that Miss Ward felt that there would be no one to look after ….read more


Autistic teen sues Bus Eireann over ban for alleged assaults

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A 13 year old boy with autism has brought a High Court challenge against Bus Eireann’s decision to ban him from using the school bus service for alleged misbehaviour.

The teen, who cannot be identified by order of the court, was suspended from using the service, provided by Bus Eireann, in early June following an incident where the teen is accused of assaulting two other children, the bus driver and another adult who acts as an escort.

The alleged assaults are believed to be minor in nature. Bus Eireann operates the School Transport Service, on behalf of the ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Murderer fails in bid to have defence of duress referred to Supreme Court

Court of Criminal Appeal

A Dublin man who claimed he was acting under duress when he murdered another man over five years ago has failed in a bid to have his case referred to the Supreme Court.

In April 2011 David Patchell (25), with a last address of Rossfield Crescent, Tallaght, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Mr Justice Barry White after he was found guilty of the murder of Stephen O’Halloran by a Central Criminal Court jury.

Patchell had denied murdering the victim at Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght on January 19, 2009.

The former Shamrock Rovers under-21 player was cleared of attempting to murder two other men, ….read more

14/4/13 Darren Wynne, age 19, Ballyroe, Athy, pict

Partner tells murder trial deceased broke her nose

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused man Darren Wynne)

The partner of a man who was shot dead in Co. Kildare last year has told a court that the deceased broke her nose.

Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co. Kildare had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy, Co. Kildare on April 6, 2013.

However, last Friday Wynne was re-arraigned and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

The court was told the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Lindsey Donoghue, who was Mr Lindsay’s partner for two years, told Damien ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Man with 79 road traffic convictions in what a judge called ‘an appalling and shocking record’ was caught driving while disqualified

A MAN who drove while disqualified from driving has a total of 79 road traffic convictions, including six for driving without insurance, a court has heard.

Judge Conal Gibbons said Jason Kirwin’s record is ‘appalling and shocking,’ and ordered a Probation Report so he can ‘consider every option,’ after he heard the 27-year-old wants to ‘right the wrongs’ in his life.

Kirwin (27) of Elm Dale Crescent in Ballyfermot pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to driving without insurance, driving while disqualified ….read more

Vasel Jahiri

Jury fails to reach verdict in trial of man accused of murdering his former partner

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused of stabbing his former partner in Dublin more than a year ago.

The jury of six men and four women had been deliberating for more than 10 hours over three days before the foreman told Mr Justice Paul McDermott that he did not believe further time would allow the jury to reach an agreement.

Vesel Jahiri (33) of Louth Village, Dundalk but originally from Kosovo, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan (25) at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla in Dublin on the 21 ….read more

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