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Men convicted of forging dead farmer’s will have convictions quashed

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the convictions of two Wexford men who received prison sentences for forging the will of an elderly farmer.

Last February Noel Hayes (59), of New Ross, Co Wexford, was sentenced to six years with three years suspended and fined €500,000 for intending to defraud by producing a certain document purporting to be a will made by farmer Matthew Hayes.

His co-accused William O’Leary (50), from Arthurstown, New Ross was sentenced to three years with 18 months suspended and ordered to pay €200,000. The men had denied the charge but were sentenced by Judge Raymond Fullam ….read more

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"Demons took over". Man goes on trial charged with murder of his mother

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old man with schizophrenia has gone on trial charged with murdering his mother at their Co Kilkenny home last year.

Niall Stapleton of Glebe Lodge, Kilfane, Thomastown has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Siobhan Stapleton (51) at that address on May 25, 2012. She died of blunt force trauma to the head, after being beaten with the handle of a garden fork.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the accused initially told gardai he saw a man leaving the scene, but later admitted that he must have snapped and attacked his mother, causing her death.

He maintains that he is ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury deliberating in Cavan murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the Central Criminal Court trial of a Polish national accused of murdering a Romanian man in Co. Cavan last year has suspended its deliberations for the weekend.

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 jury has now spent an hour-and-a-half considering its verdict in the case and will resume its deliberations on ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Man jailed for life for raping four daughters begins appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A man who was jailed for life for raping four of his daughters has argued on appeal that victim support should not become the “dynamic factor” in the imposition of life sentences.

Submissions were heard this morning in an appeal against sentence brought by the now 52-year-old man, who must wait until the New Year to find out if the appeal has been successful.

In December 2011 the man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victims, was jailed for life by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

He had ….read more

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DNA of accused found on deceased's clothing

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A murder trial has heard that the DNA of a Dublin man accused of murdering a 35-year-old was discovered on the clothing of the deceased.

Forensic scientist Dr Diane Daly gave evidence today to the Central Criminal Court based on the examination of a body with more than 100 stab wounds.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh (36) of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown), has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Whyte between September 24 and 26, 2008.

Dr Daly told the court that an examination had revealed DNA matching that of Criostoir MacCarthaigh on the jeans worn by Mr Whyte the night ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

On the run rapist jailed for four months

District Courts

A RAPIST, who fled from the North and failed to inform gardai that he had entered the State before going on the run again, has been given a four-month sentence by a court in Dublin.

Edward Connors (20), who twice raped an American tourist in Belfast five years ago, was charged at Dublin District Court on July 26, 2012 with failing to notify the authorities of his name, address and date of birth contrary to the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

He had been arrested at Labre Park, in west Dublin, where he had been staying and a week later he successfully applied ….read more

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