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Man accused of murdering Laois nanny told gardai he "snapped" and "hit her and hit her"

Central Criminal Court

A Laois man charged with murdering a 30-year-old nanny told gardai that he snapped and punched her shortly after she threatened to ruin him if he walked away from her and her pregnancy.

The Central Criminal Court was hearing details of garda interviews carried out with Robert Corbet during the investigation into the 2012 murder of Aoife Phelan.

The 25-year-old from Sheffield Cross, Laois has pleaded not guilty to her murder. However, he has admitted her manslaughter between October 25th and November 7th, when her body was found in a barrel, buried in Capoley, near Portlaoise.

Mr Corbet denied involvement in her killing ….read more

Wayne Dundon

Wayne Dundon’s cousin gives evidence at Roy Collins murder trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wayne Dundon)

The Special Criminal Court has today heard evidence from the cousin of a Limerick man who is on trial charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins in 2009.

Christopher McCarthy (31) was giving evidence in the non-jury trial of Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect, who have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

Mr McCarthy is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for demanding money with menaces.

At the outset of the prosecution case, ….read more


High Court rules property assets not held in trust for Summerville Partnership

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has ruled that a number of property assets are not held in trust for the children of a couple whom AIB have secured judgments of more than €50m against.

In a lengthy judgment yesterday Mr Justice Paul Gilligan dismissed claims by the Summerville Partnership, set up for the benefit of the five children of Thomas and Patricia Joyce, that it had an interest in relation to properties assets in Ireland and London that took precedence over rights asserted by AIB.

AIB had previously obtained judgments of €51m against Mr and Mrs Joyce and Mr Joyce’s ….read more

Vasel Jahiri

Jury watches CCTV footage of moment mum-of-two was brought to hospital by man accused of her murder

Central Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A jury was shown CCTV footage today of the moment a 25-year-old mother of two was driven to hospital by the man accused of her murder.

Vesel Jahiri, of Louth Village, Dundalk but originally from Kosovo, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on September 21 2012.

Mr Jahiri (33) has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Anna Finnegan’s brother, Karl, on the same date.

The Central Criminal Court has heard how Ms Finnegan and Mr Jahiri had been in a ten year relationship that had “deteriorated dramatically”. They had two ….read more

Wesley Kelly

Jury watches CCTV footage in Rialto murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wesley Kelly)

The jury in the trial of two Dublin youths charged with murdering one German student and injuring another in the city a year and a half ago, has been watching CCTV footage of the night in question.

Thomas Heinrich and Robert Rinker were stabbed on St Anthony’s Road in Rialto on December 1, 2012. Mr Rinker survived but 22-year-old Mr Heinrich died.

Wesley Kelly (20) of St Anthony’s Road has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Mr Heinrich and to assault causing harm to Mr Rinker.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, also ….read more


Case against dog owner over excessive barking struck out

District Courts

A DOG owner who was warned to control her dogs’ constant and excessive barking had a case against her struck out after a judge heard there has been a ‘colossal improvement.’

Gail Corr was warned by Judge Dermot Dempsey two months ago that her two dogs would be removed from her ownership if there was no improvement.

However, after Ms Corr fixed anti-barking collars to the dogs, the barking has ceased, Balbriggan District Court has heard.

Ms Corr’s neighbour, Lorraine Sherry of Thomastown in Loughshinny, North Dublin took the case against Ms Corr, of the same address, over the constant barking of her ….read more

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