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Ali Damache judicial review judgement adjourned

High Court

A High Court judge has said he needs a “couple of more days” to return judgement in the judicial review application brought by a man facing extradition to the United States on international terrorism charges.

Algerian-born Irish citizen 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 High Court heard the US alleges it has evidence that Damache conspired with American woman Colleen LaRose – who used ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Judge’s illness may force appeal court to re-hear high-profile cases, including that of Anthony Lyons

Court of Criminal Appeal

A number of cases before the Court of Criminal Appeal, including the case against sex-attacker Anthony Lyons, may have to be reheard because a High Court judge has fallen seriously ill.

Chief Justice Susan Denham this morning told the Court of Criminal Appeal that Mr Justice Michael Hanna is seriously ill and will probably require a lengthy period of convalescence following his illness.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Justice Hanna and his family at this time,” Chief Justice Denham said.

The Chief Justice said that Mr Justice Hanna was a member of the Court of Criminal Appeal in a number of ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder accused bought car and TV, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

By Anne Sharkey

Details of the arrest of a Limerick man accused of murdering a retired soldier with a sweeping brush were heard by the jury today at the Central Criminal Court.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

In a statement made by Garda Brian Begley and read to the court by the prosecution Maurice Coffey BL, Garda Begley said that on March 24 2011 he had searched the home ….read more


Youth faces trial for sex attacks on two girls

District Courts

A DUBLIN youth is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

The now 18-year-old appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court in connection with offences allegedly committed by him when he was a minor.

He is accused of sexually assaulting two females at the same location in Dublin on a date in 2012. He also faces connected charges for assaulting them causing harm and producing a cider can as a weapon during the course of a sexual assault.

The youth replied “no” when he was charged with the offences, Judge John O’Connor was told.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment meaning ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Letters allegedly written by Melanie McNamara murder accused read to jury

Central Criminal Court

The teenager charged with murdering Melanie McCarthy McNamara was a protected prisoner when he allegedly wrote a letter containing the phrase: ‘Two in the head. The bitch is dead’.

Daniel McDonnell’s murder trial heard that he had cell to himself and no contact with other prisoners for his own protection when detained in St Patrick’s Institution on suspicion of the murder. It also heard that he would have known his post would be read.

Mr McDonnell (19) of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to murdering 16-year-old Melanie on February 8th 2012 at nearby Brookview Way. She was shot in ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Student caused €2k damage to ex-girlfriend's car after she refused him entry into her home

District Courts

AN ENGINEERING student who caused €2,000 worth of damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car after she refused him entry into her apartment has been convicted and fined at Swords District Court.

Liam Kinahan (30) of Dromiskin Cross in Co Louth, who represented himself, pleaded guilty before the court to causing criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car by damaging both wing mirrors, and denting a door and car booth. The offences occurred on January 5th outside The Gallery Apartments in Donabate.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh gave evidence of arrest charge and caution by way of certificates and schedules.

He said at 7am the defendant called to ….read more

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