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Sister heard of brother's death on TV news

Central Criminal Court

The sister of a man stabbed to death in a derelict church said she learned about his killing on the television news.

Paula Whyte was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a 36-year-old man charged with murdering her brother by stabbing him more than 100 times.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown), has pleaded not guilty to murdering David Whyte (35) in Dublin between September 24 and 26, 2008. Mr Whyte’s body was found in the ruin of an old church on Mill Lane in Palmerstown that September 26.

Ms Whyte testified today that she turned ….read more

Slab Murphy

Slab Murphy case adjourned until next year

Special Criminal Court

The case against prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy, who is being prosecuted on tax charges, has been adjourned until next year by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

The court heard today that Mr Murphy (64) is awaiting a a Supreme Court judgement on the constitutionality of a law under which the tax charges against him are to be dealt with by the non-jury Special Criminal Court (SCC) as opposed to the ordinary courts.

Murphy’s solicitor Mr Paul Tiernan, told the Special Criminal Court that the Supreme Court heard the challenge on two days in June and November and that judgement was ….read more

Robert Eustace

Man fined €1,500 for dangerous driving causing death gets suspended sentence, despite undue leniency

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has found that it would be unjust to jail a man who avoided a custodial sentence and was instead fined €1,500 in 2011 for dangerous driving causing the death of a 21-year-old woman, despite finding the sentence too lenient.

The appeal court today imposed a four-year suspended sentence on the man, following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions against the undue leniency of the original sentence.

Robert Eustace (36) had a history of blackouts and was under medical advice not to drive a heavy goods vehicle when the lorry he was driving veered on to ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Accused told gardai stabbing was self-defence

Central Criminal Court

A Polish national accused of murdering a Romanian man by stabbing him to death in Co. Cavan told gardai he was acting in self-defence, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

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 court has heard that Mr Cretu was guarding two prostitutes in the apartment at the time.

In a garda ….read more

Marques 2

“Largest facilitator of child porn in the world” would plead guilty if prosecuted here

High Court

An Irishman who is wanted in the United States and was described by an FBI Special Agent as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” has indicated he would plead guilty to the offences if he were prosecuted here.

However, the High Court was told this morning that the Director of Public Prosecutions will not bring proceedings against Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting.

The 28-year-old is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Two women to be sentenced for killing of grandfather Joe O'Brien

Central Criminal Court

Two women in their 40s will be sentenced before Christmas for killing a grandfather at a party in Waterford last year.

Joanna Kelly (40) and Michelle Hynes (41), both of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Joe O’Brien.

A third accused, Patrick Keating, is serving a life sentence for murdering the 60-year-old at an apartment on William Street in the city on April 23, 2012.

Detective Garda David Butler testified today that five people were drinking alcohol in the apartment on that date.

The occupant of the apartment was a friend of the deceased. At one stage, while in the ….read more

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