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Irish Central Criminal Court

Man convicted of Limerick breadman’s murder

Central Criminal Court

An electrician has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering a bread deliveryman in a Limerick petrol station three years ago.

John Coughlan (33) of Pineview Gardens, Moyross had pleaded not (NOT) guilty to murder but guilty (GUILTY) to the manslaughter of Daniel Treacy (35) at Topaz garage, Caherdavin, Ennis Road on February 22, 2010.

But the prosecution did not accept the plea and a jury was sworn in for the two-week trial.

Mr Treacy, who had a routine of going to the petrol station for tea in the morning, was shot three times in the head and ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Mother-of-three sentenced to life for murder for second time this year

Central Criminal Court

A 37-year-old Cork mother of three has been sentenced to life in prison for murder for a second time this year.

Kinsale native Catherine O’Connor pleaded guilty to murdering her 42-year-old neighbour, John Forrester, when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court yesterday (Monday).

O’Connor of Bridge House, Seán Hales Place, Bandon, murdered the English father of four in Bridge House on November 12, 2011. They each occupied a flat in the house.

Detective Sergeant Fergal Foley told the court that the garda investigation into another murder led to an investigation into Mr Forrester’s murder, and the discovery of his body on November 15th ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury to begin deliberating in Limerick murder trial

Central Criminal Court

 

The jury is due to begin deliberating in the trial of an electrician accused of the fatal shooting of a bread deliveryman in Limerick three years ago.

John Coughlan (33) of Pineview Gardens, Moyross has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Daniel Treacy (35) at Topaz garage, Caherdavin, Ennis Road on February 22, 2010.

But the court was told the plea was not acceptable and a jury of seven women and five men was sworn in for the two-week trial.

In her closing speech Ms Úna Ni Raifeartaigh SC, prosecuting, told the jury that it was a very ….read more

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“Largest facilitator of child porn in the world” wants to be tried in Ireland

High Court

Lawyers for an Irishman wanted in the US, who was described by an FBI Special Agent as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world”, are mounting a challenge in the High Court to have him tried in Ireland.

Eric Eoin Marques (28), who is wanted in the United States on charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography is fighting his extradition and wants to have his case dealt with here.

The charges against Mr Marques, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, relate to images on over a hundred ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Evidence of crucial interviews with firearms accused not admissible

Special Criminal Court

 

Evidence of garda interviews conducted with two men accused of the possession of an assault rifle and a handgun is not admissible at their trial, the Special Criminal Court has ruled.

Vincent Ryan (22) and his co-accused Darragh Evans (23) have pleaded not [NOT] guilty to the possession of an AKM assault rifle and Webley-make revolver MkV1 at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, Dublin 17 on September 15th, 2011.

Counsel for Mr Ryan, Mr Hugh Hartnett SC, today (Friday) said the non-jury court should enter a voir dire, a trial within a trial to determine the legitimacy of questions asked and answers given during ….read more

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High Court extradites British national convicted of 2002 Halloween night murder

High Court

 

A 50-year-old man has been extradited to France, where he has been convicted of a Halloween night murder in his absence.

William Joseph O’Connor will face an automatic retrial on a charge of murdering a man in Calais 11 years ago.

O’Connor was found guilty of stabbing Jean Jacques Berteloot a number of times while stealing the French man’s car and phone on the night of October 31 or early on the morning of November 1, 2002.

The High Court heard yesterday (Friday) that O’Connor, who is a British national with previous addresses in Waterford and Dublin, was sentenced in his absence to ….read more

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