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Pig-farmer Donal Connaughton granted bail pending appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A pig farmer who was jailed for 12 months for ordering two repossession men to strip naked and get into a pen with an agitated boar has been granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction.

Last month, Donal Connaughton, (55), with and address at Newtowncashel, Co Longford, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Judge Tony Hunt at Longford Circuit Criminal Court.

Connaughton had been found guilty by a jury in December 2012 of two counts of false imprisonment, two charges of threatening to cause serious harm, one count of assault, and two of criminal damage at JAC Pigs Ltd ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Man charged with criminal damage and arson remanded on continuing bail

A MAN who is alleged to have crashed a car into a garden wall and set fire to the vehicle had his case adjourned until January at Balbriggan District Court.

Alan Bathe (29) is charged with criminal damage of a garden wall on Flemington Lane in Balbriggan on November 10th. He is further charged with unauthorised carriage in a vehicle and arson at the same place on the same date.

Sergeant Tony Tighe told the court that the Director of Public Prosecution has directed summary disposal.

He said Bathe, who is originally from ….read more


Murder accused insisted gardai spoke with him in Irish

Central Criminal Court

A murder suspect accused of stabbing a man over 100 times, insisted that gardai spoke with him entirely through Irish.

Seargent Jim Quinn told the Central Criminal Court that the accused wished to converse in Irish with him in the hours and days following his arrest.

Sgt Quinn was giving evidence todayin the trial of a 36-year-old Dublin man charged with stabbing a man more than 100 times.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown) has pleaded not guilty to murdering David Whyte between September 24 and 26 2008.

The remains of 35-year-old David Whyte of New Cabra Road were discovered at an ….read more


Thief's game-stealing plan foiled

District Courts

A THIEF who used a foil-lined baby bag to steal €600 worth of PlayStation games from a Balbriggan supermarket may avoid a prison sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service.

Montes Parulea (20) of Birchwood Heights, Springfiend in Tallaght, pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to the theft of ten PlayStation games valued at €603 from Tesco Xpress at Millfield in Balbriggan on November 28th.

Sergeant Tony Tighe gave evidence that Parulea entered the supermarket with another person and placed the items in the foil-lined baby bag. He paid for one item and left the shop without paying for the ….read more

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Jury to begin deliberations in Cavan murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury is due to begin deliberating in the trial of a Polish national accused of murdering a Romanian man in Co. Cavan last year.

Przemyslaw Trebacz (35) of Bramble Rise, Killynebber, Cavan has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Costel Catalin Cretu (38) at Connolly Court, Connolly Street, Cavan between October 13 and 14, 2012.

Mr Trebacz has pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a door belonging to Brendan Cosgrove at Connolly Court on October 13, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that Mr Cretu was guarding two prostitutes in the apartment when he was stabbed twice.

The accused told gardai ….read more

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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of his elderly mother

Central Criminal Court

A 47-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempting to murder his elderly mother in a Waterford nursing home last year.

Gerald Vollrath of Tramore Heights, Tramore had been charged with the murder of Veronica Vollrath (83) on or about January 9, 2012.

He had pleaded not guilty to murdering her at Killure Bridge Nursing Home, Killure when arraigned at the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in for the trial, which was due to start today and was expected to last five days.

However when the case was called yesterday, Paul O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, told ….read more

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