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Tadhg Costello

South Co Dublin teenager on trial for attempted murder changes plea to guilty

Central Criminal Court

A South County Dublin teenager accused of the attempted murder of a 17-year-old has changed his plea to guilty during his Central Criminal Court trial.

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.

Last week the jury heard how Mr Leahy was stabbed six times in the back after he left a nightclub in South William Street in Dublin 2.

Mr ….read more

Ali Damache

Ali Damache – Judge blocks off entire week to write judgement

High Court

A High Court judge has set aside an entire week to write the judicial review judgement in the case of a man facing extradition on terrorism charges.

An Algerian-born Irish citizen sought the judicial review of an attempt to extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted on international terrorism charges.

Ali Charaf Damache (48), who has been living in Ireland for a decade, is wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

The US alleges it has evidence that ….read more


Attempted murder trial adjourned

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a teenager accused of the attempted murder of another boy last year has been adjourned.

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

He has also pleaded not guilty at The Central Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Leahy and unlawful possession of a knife on the same date.

Mr Justice Paul Butler told the jury that someone had taken ill and put the matter back to tomorrow.


Chip shop owner was defending himself against "aggressive youth", Judge rules

District Courts

A CHIP SHOP owner has been found not guilty of assaulting a teenager causing him harm.

Giuliano Di Murro had the charge dismissed against him at Swords District Court after Judge Dermot Dempsey heard evidence and ruled that Di Murro was defending himself after he faced ‘an aggressive youth who tried to headbutt him.’

Di Murro (35) of St Andrew’s Park, Swords, Co Dublin had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to the 17-year-old at Rivervalley Shopping Centre on February 17th.

The alleged victim gave evidence that he and four friends were outside the shops at Rivervalley at around 5.30pm.

He said Di ….read more

The Special criminal court

Man surrendered to Guernsey to face child abuse charges

High Court

A man in his forties is to be extradited back to Guernsey, where he is wanted on suspicion of sexually assaulting two children.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was before the High Court here today.

Mr Justice John Edwards heard that he had been arrested on November 13th and remanded in custody, but that he now wished to surrender to his arrest warrant.

He noted that Guernsey’s attorney general had made the request for extradition in February, after the man had not turned up for his trial last November. The authorities there determined that he was living in Ireland.

He ….read more

Irish High Court

Man convicted of dangerous driving causing death in UK facing extradition

High Court

A 34-year-old Dublin man is facing extradition to the UK, where he is wanted to finish serving a sentence for dangerous driving causing death.

Stephen James O’Reilly of Upper Churchtown Road was brought before the High Court today.

Ann Marie Lawlor BL, for the State, told Mr Justice John Edwards that Mr O’Reilly had been arrested in the morning on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the UK.

She said he had received a nine year sentence in 2008.

The court heard that Mr O’Reilly was not represented and the judge told him he strongly recommend he get a lawyer. He explained ….read more

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