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Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Two doormen have assault convictions overturned

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the convictions of two nightclub doormen who were each given three-year suspended sentences for assaulting a drunken man who lost the tip of his finger in the incident.

In October 2011 Frankie Murphy (44), of Stephen Street, Sligo, and John Molloy (33), of Creggs Road, Ballina, Co Mayo were found guilty by a Sligo Circuit Criminal Court jury of assault causing harm to Paul Regan on February 18th, 2009.

Sentencing judge Michael White also ordered the men to pay €10,000 each to Mr Regan, who lost the tip of one finger and suffered damage to ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man denies Tallaght murder

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a 30-year-old accused of murdering a man in Dublin four 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.

A jury of five men and seven women were sworn in for the trial which is due to start on Wednesday and is expected to last four weeks.

Court of Criminal Appeal

Hearing date for man wanted over 1998 murder

High Court

A man wanted in the North in connection with a 1998 murder has had a date set in April for his extradition hearing.

Francis Lanigan, with an address at Pinebrook, Mulhuddart in Dublin, is fighting his extradition to Northern Ireland in the High Court here.

The 47-year-old was arrested in January of last year on foot of an extradition warrant in connection with the murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a hotel car park in Dungannon, Co Tyrone on May 31, 1998.

The High Court previously heard that he was arrested at a Dublin gym where he was working as ….read more

Graham Dwyer

Date set for Graham Dwyer trial

Central Criminal Court

A date has been set for the trial of south Dublin architect Graham Dwyer who is accused of murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara.

Mr Dwyer (41) of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock is charged with the murder of Ms O’ Hara (37) in Co. Dublin on August 22, 2012.

Ms O’ Hara’s remains were found in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

Today Mr Sean Guerin SC prosecuting told the Central Criminal Court that the trial would take six weeks.

Mr Remy Farrell SC defending told the court that there may be further bail applications.

Mr Farrell said Mr Dwyer had been refused bail on ….read more

Patrick Lee

Man wanted in US for defrauding banks would be exposed to "cruel and inhumane treatment" if surrendered, High Court hears

High Court

The High court has been hearing further evidence in the case of a Co. Kildare man wanted by US authorities over fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

Patrick Lee (41), is alleged to have knowingly engaged in a scheme with others to intentionally defraud numerous US banks and mortgage lenders out of loans for properties, which were never repaid.

American authorities have sought his extradition for him to be prosecuted for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, 6 counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Mr Lee, with an address at Newtown, County Kildare, claims the ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Deceased subject to a violent assault, State Pathologist tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A Tipperary murder trial has heard that the deceased had 31 separate fractures to his ribs when the State Pathologist examined his body two years ago.

Professor Marie Cassidy was giving evidence today in the trial of a 46-year-old Clonmel man, who is charged with murdering another man in the town.

John Hannigan of River House, New Quay has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony Fallon (46) in Clonmel on January 18, 2012.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Mr Fallon on the same date at Mr Fallon’s flat on Abbey Street, Clonmel.

Prof Cassidy told the Central Criminal ….read more

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