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Andrzej Benko

Man guilty of attempting to murder his wife

Central Criminal Court

A 42-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to murder his sleeping wife by hitting her over her head with a hammer on the morning of her birthday.

Andrzej Benko (42) of Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddert had admitted hitting Joanna Benko’s head with a lump hammer at least three times. However, he had pleaded not guilty to her attempted murder at that address on July 5, 2010.

The four-day trial heard that Mrs Benko is confined to a wheelchair most of the time as a result of her injuries. Now 35, she also has communication difficulties and will depend on full-time care ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder jury hears technical evidence

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been hearing technical evidence in the trial of a 30-year-old accused of murdering a man in Dublin five years ago.

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 of four men involved in plotting, planning and executing the murder.

Today the jury has ….read more

Tadhg Costello

Supreme Court judgement delays attempted murder sentencing

Central Criminal Court

The sentencing of a south County Dublin teenager who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a 17-year-old has been adjourned in light of a Supreme Court judgment.

Tadhg Costello (18) of Richmond Hill, Monkstown, had pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Josh Leahy at Johnson’s Court in Dublin city on May 31, 2012.

He had also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Leahy and unlawful possession of a knife on the same date.

But Costello changed his plea to guilty of attempted murder on the fifth day of his Central Criminal Court trial last November.

On that date ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Bullet casings from burnt-out car and scene of David Black shooting fired from same weapon, court hears

Special Criminal Court

Bullet casings recovered near the scene of the shooting of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black were fired from the same weapon as casings retrieved from a burnt-out Toyota car found nearby, a Dublin court has heard.

Jonathan Greer, of the Forensic Science Laboratory of Northern Ireland, today gave evidence in the Special Criminal Court trial of Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of withholding information in relation to the murder.

At the outset of the case, prosecution counsel Paul Greene SC said the court would hear evidence that 52-year-old ….read more


DAA and Ryanair launch High Court action to prevent proposed strike

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair have launched separate High Court proceedings aimed at preventing next week’s proposed strike by Siptu members at the countries major airports.

The proposed industrial action, where workers are due to hold four-hour stoppage at Dublin, Cork and Shannon on Friday 14 March as the St Patrick’s weekend begins, arises out of long-running dispute over cuts in pension benefits at Aer Lingus and the DAA.

However, in their proceedings against Siptu both Ryanair and the DAA want the High Court to grant injunctions preventing the proposed strike from going ahead.

Today at the High Court Ryanair ….read more

Syliva Deehan

"Ann Summers woman" should be paid exemplary damages, court told

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A woman who claims she injured her ribs when she was knocked down at an Ann Summers lingerie party is entitled to exemplary damages because “false evidence” has been given about her, the High Court has heard.

However lawyers for the pub which hosted the party have said Sylvia Deehan’s claim “flies in the face of common sense,” and should be dismissed.

Judgment in the action Ms Sylvia Deehan against the owners of the Lough Inn has been reserved and will be given at a later date.

Ms Deehan (46), a mother of two of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, Dublin, ….read more

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