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Car used in murder of David Black was purchased by accused man, court will hear

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin court will hear evidence that a man who is charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black purchased the car used in the murder.

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

Opening the prosecution case, Mr Paul Greene SC said the court would hear evidence that prison officer David Black (52), who worked at the high security Maghaberry jail in Co Antrim, was shot to death by the occupants ….read more

Ali Damache

Damache refused judicial review for second time

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man facing extradition to the United States on international terrorism charges has been refused leave by the High Court, for a second time, to seek judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him in Ireland.

Mr Justice John Edwards said today that no new grounds had been advanced by Ali Charaf Damache since he refused the forty-eight year old’s first application for judicial review earlier this year. The judge said Damache had not met the threshold required for the court to grant him leave.

Damache, an Algerian-born Irish citizen who has been living in Ireland for a ….read more


Mayor of Waterford's action against Twitter resolved

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Mayor of Waterford John Cummins has resolved his High Court proceedings against Twitter over comments about him posted on the social media platform which the politician claims are false and grossly defamatory of him.

However orders preventing the media from publishing the allegedly defamatory comments about Cllr Cummins, who is a member of Fine Gael, are to remain in place for at least another week.

Earlier this month Cllr Cummins secured temporary injunctions against Twitter International Company arising out of what he says are utterly baseless allegations that are without foundation which have been posted about him on Twitter.

The ….read more

Ursula Shannon 2

Trinity College graduate sentenced to six years for firearms possession

Special Criminal Court

A Trinity College graduate and three men who were intercepted by armed gardai outside the premises of a firearms dealer have received sentences ranging from six to seven years for the possession of firearms and ammunition.

Earlier this month Ursula Shannon (30), who is a PhD student, graduate of Trinity College and prominent member of socialist republican group Eirigi, and her co-accused John McGreal (37) and Colin Brady (24) were found guilty of the offences by the Special Criminal Court after a short trial.

The non-jury court heard that the accused were wearing wigs and disguises when they were intercepted by armed ….read more

Syliva Deehan

Action over alleged fall at Ann Summer's party

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A 46-YEAR-OLD mother of two who claims she injured her ribs when she was knocked down at an Ann Summers lingerie party has sued the public house where the event was held.

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 at Loughlinstown, Co Dublin.

The alleged incident occurred as part of a ladies night held in the public ….read more

Marie Cassidy

Deceased sustained five gun shot wounds, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: State Pathologist Marie Cassidy)

The State Pathologist has given evidence in the trial of a 30-year-old accused of murdering a man in Tallaght three years ago that the deceased sustained five gun shot wounds.

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 prosecution alleges that Mr Cullen was not the gunman but one of four men involved in plotting, planning and executing the murder.

Professor Marie Cassidy told the Central Criminal Court she carried out a post mortem in James Connolly Memorial Hospital on ….read more

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