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Ben Gilroy

Court wrongly told Ben Gilroy assaulted security staff

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court was mistakenly told that political activist Ben Gilroy assaulted a security guard when a group of protesters forced bank-appointed receivers off a stud farm in Co Kildare last August.

On the second day of contempt of court proceedings against Mr Gilroy Mr Mark Reynolds, one of the joint receivers over a property at Kennycourt, Brannockstown, Naas said the High Court was wrongly told, in a sworn statement that Mr Gilroy had committed an assault.

The statement should have said “a member of Ben Gilroy’s group” assaulted the security guard, he said.

In a High Court packed with his ….read more

Aisling Tinsley

McGinley guilty of murdering Sligo pensioner

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Eugene Gillespie’s niece Aisling Tinsley (foreground) leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court today)

A 30-year-old Sligo man has been jailed for life for the murder of a retired telecoms broker.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road Car Park, Sligo had denied murder but admitted the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) on September 22, 2012.

He had pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and a jury was sworn in for the trial, which ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Murder accused claims prosecution witness killed deceased, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin murder trial has heard that the accused claims a prosecution witness killed the deceased after he teased him about being arrested for sexual assault.

Alan Harte with an address at Clareville Grove in Glasnevin, but from East Wall, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Peter Gunn (28) on January 4th 2009 in Cabra Park, Cabra.

The 32-year-old is on trial at the Central Criminal Court, accused of stabbing the father of two to death and dumping his body in a water-filled ditch.

Kastriot Boza testified on Wednesday that he saw the accused stab Mr Gunn in the chest shortly after hearing ….read more

Anthony Carroll

Prosecution case concludes in Cork handgun trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Anthony Carroll (30) at the Special Criminal Court)

The prosecution case has concluded in the Special Criminal Court trial of two Cork men charged with the possession of two loaded handguns.

Anthony Carroll (30) of Curaheen Close, Bishopstown, and his co-accused Brian Walsh (43) with an address at Connolly Road, Ballyphehane, have pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a Walther pistol, a Smith & Wesson revolver and 12 rounds of ammunition at Deanrock Avenue, Togher, on February 23, 2013.

The non-jury court has heard that the loaded Walther and Smith & Wesson handguns were found by gardai inside a pencil ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Judge orders insurance company to issue certificate to garda after man claims partner won’t let him have policy

A JUDGE has ordered an insurance company to furnish a garda with the insurance certificate of a man who claims his partner won’t let him have the policy.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said that if Chill Insurance do not furnish the policy, he will issue a warrant for someone from the company to attend court.

He made the remarks after hearing that Edwin Akandu claims he was insured as a named driver on his partner’s insurance policy.

Akandu (45) of Castlemartin Avenue, Eastham Road in Bettystown is ….read more


Judge tells mother she may as well put a loaded gun in front of child she put in unrestrained car seat

District Courts

A JUDGE slammed a mother-of-seven who drove her car with a child under the age of three in a child seat that was unrestrained and facing the incorrect way.

Judge Dermot Dempsey told Margaret McDonagh she ‘might as well put a loaded gun in front of the child’ and could not understand ‘what sort of lunatic gets into a car’ and does not restrain a child.

McDonagh of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, was stopped at a checkpoint on the M1 northbound when Garda Robert Dillon noticed her car tax was out by six months.

He then noticed that a child, who was under the ….read more

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