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Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder accused and gunman were stopped by gardai years before killing

Central Criminal Court

A 30-year-old man accused of murdering a father of two in Dublin five years ago was previously stopped by gardai with the gunman because the car they were travelling in had no tax, a court has heard.

Eugene Cullen of Derry Road, Crumlin has pleaded not guilty to murdering Seamus O’ Byrne (27) at Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13, 2009.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that Mr O’Byrne was shot dead by a hooded gunman in front of his girlfriend and child in the driveway of their home.

The prosecution alleges that Mr Cullen was not the gunman but one ….read more

Syliva Deehan

Conflicting evidence in action over Ann Summers fall

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

(Pictured: Sylvia Deehan, of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, Dublin, leaving court)

Conflicting evidence has been given on the second day of a High Court action brought by a woman who claims she injured her ribs when she was knocked down at an Ann Summers lingerie party at a South Dublin pub.

Sylvia Deehan, of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, Dublin, alleges she had been pushed by another woman who was striving to grab a prize, described in court “as a ring that goes around a certain part of a man,” thrown in the air by an Ann Summers rep in The Lough Inn ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man to stand trial for attempted murder of wife

Central Criminal Court

A 42-year-old man will go on trial on Tuesday morning, charged with attempting to murder his wife at their Dublin home.

Andrzej Benko of Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddert was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

He pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Joanna Benko at that address on July 5, 2010.

A jury of two women and 10 men was sworn in to hear the three-day trial, which begins this morning before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.

Irish Special Criminal Court

PSNI officers give evidence at trial of man charged in connection with David Black murder

Special Criminal Court

PSNI officers have given evidence in the Dublin trial of a man charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.

Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to the charge before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Constable Gary Quinn, of the PSNI road and armed support branch, today told prosecution counsel, Mr Paul Greene SC, that shortly before 7:50am on November 1, 2012 he went to the M1 motorway near Lurgan.

Const Quinn saw that a black Audi car had come off the motorway and was in a ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Dublin man pleads guilty to attempted murder

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old Dublin man has pleaded guilty to attempting to murder another man in the city during the summer.

Thomas Ryan of McKee Park in North Dublin was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

He pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Patrick Charles O’Neill on August 26, 2013 at Glasnevin Avenue in Ballymun.

Mr Justice Paul Carney directed the preparation of a victim impact report and remanded Ryan in custody for sentencing on May 6th.


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Suspended sentence for man who lost his temper after gardai seized his car

A FATHER-of-three who lost his temper after gardai told him they were seizing his car because it had no road worthiness certificate has been given a three month sentence, which has been suspended for two years.

James Maguire threw his car keys into a garden and tried to break the driver’s side door of his car after he was stopped by gardai in Skerries. He also kicked the door of his car a number of times.

Maguire (44) of Bremore Castle Gate in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Swords District Court ….read more

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