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Murder accused said deceased was "like a granddad" to him

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A murder trial has heard that a Limerick man accused of murdering an elderly man with a sweeping brush said that the deceased was ‘like a granddad’ to him.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

The court heard a series of witness accounts today saying that on the night that James Boyce was murdered, the accused Christopher McNamara was seen carrying a significant amount of money in ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury shown knives in north Dublin murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a man charged with murdering a father-of-one has been shown a number of knives found at the accused’s house.

Andrew Gibney (21) of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart has pleaded not guilty to murdering Gerard Burnett (28) at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart on August 21, 2012.

Mr Burnett suffered 30 stab wounds and was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later, the Central Criminal Court heard.

The accused told gardai that four years previously Mr Burnett stabbed him in the shoulder with a screwdriver.

Mr Gibney also told gardai he stabbed Mr Burnett three times but he did not intend ….read more

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Melanie McNamara murder jury shown shotgun

Central Criminal Court

A murder trial has heard that teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara was bleeding profusely from her skull when she arrived at hospital after being gunned down in Tallaght two years ago.

The jury was also shown the shotgun that gardai found shortly after the 16-year-old was shot in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and his friend.

Daniel McDonnell of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght is on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering the teenager at Brookview Way.

The 19-year-old has pleaded not guilty to her murder on February 8th 2012.

A statement from staff at Tallaght Hospital ….read more

Paul Byrne

Medical report delays Fallon & Byrne businessman's assault trial

District Courts

THE trial of a businessman charged with assaulting another man in an alleged incident at a south Dublin pub, has been delayed pending efforts to obtain a medical report.

Paul Byrne (47), of award-winning food store and restaurant Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street, in Dublin, had been charged last month with assault causing harm to a man at the Leeson Lounge, Leeson Street, Dublin 4, on March 5 last.

Mr Byrne, with an address at Mount Pleasant Square, Ranelagh, has not yet entered a plea and appeared again at Dublin District Court today.

Judge Michael Walsh heard that the DPP has directed ….read more

Ruari O Ceallaigh

Former solicitor admits to €2.8 million theft

District Courts

A FORMER solicitor has pleaded guilty to stealing client funds of almost €3m from his family-run law firm.

Officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation had arrested Ruairi O Ceallaigh (42) by appointment last month and he was charged at Dublin District Court with seven offences under the Theft and Fraud Act.

He is accused of misappropriation of approximately €2.8m, over a four-year period, from accounts at law firm, Sean O Ceallaigh & Company, which is based in Phibsboro, in Dublin.

The DPP had directed “trial on indictment”, meaning his case is be dealt with at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He appeared again ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Fingerprints of murder accused found in deceased pensioner's bedroom

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A court has heard that the fingerprints of a Limerick man accused of murdering a pensioner with the handle of a sweeping brush, were found at the scene of the crime.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

Fingerprints found within the bedroom of the deceased James Boyce were found to match the accused Christopher McNamara.

Detective Wall told the court that he was in no doubt that ….read more

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