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Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Man who raped his housemate fails in appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A Polish man who was sentenced to seven years for raping his former housemate has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

In July 2012 the now 42-year-old man was sentenced to seven years with one year suspended by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan after he was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of raping the then 19-year-old woman.

He had pleaded not guilty to the offence which occurred at his apartment in a Kerry town on July 5, 2010.

The court heard that the man had been living with the victim and her parents in their family home in the same ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Wexford murder trial adjourned

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of killing his friend in Co. Wexford two years ago has been adjourned.

Michael Furlong (36) of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Patrick Connors (37) between April 28 and April 29, 2011 at apartments known as Carriage Túr in Enniscorthy.

Today Mr Justice Barry White told the jury that the prosecution was not able to proceed with its cross-examination of pathologist Dr Declan Gilsenan until matters were clarified with Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar.

The trial will continue before the jury of eight men and four women on Monday.

Irish Central Criminal Court

Defence witness disagrees with Deputy State Pathologist

Central Criminal Court

A pathologist has told the trial of a man accused of killing his friend in Co. Wexford two years ago that the deceased’s jaw was fractured by a fall down the stairs and not from a punch.

Michael Furlong (36) of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Patrick Connors (37) between April 28 and April 29, 2011 at apartments known as Carriage Túr in Enniscorthy.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar previously told the court there were two causes of death – firstly sharp and blunt force trauma to the head and secondly acute alcohol intoxication.

He ….read more

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Murder trial shown CCTV footage

Central Criminal Court

A Limerick murder trial has seen footage of people in the area where a 43-year-old man was killed, captured around the time he was attacked.

The CCTV footage was being shown to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of three men charged in connection with the death.

Gerard McMahon was stabbed to death around 12.30am on January 18, 2012, as he arrived to visit his cousin on Lenihan Avenue in Limerick City.

Seán Flanagan (28) and his uncle, Paul Colbert (46), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in the city have pleaded not guilty to murdering him.

Seán Flanagan’s brother, Ian Flanagan (24), of ….read more

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Limerick murder trial hears from school girls

Central Criminal Court

A Limerick murder trial has heard from a number of school girls, who said they heard one of the accused men admit his part in the killing of a 43-year-old man.

The teenagers, who cannot be named due to their age, were giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court during the trial of three men charged in connection with the death.

Seán Flanagan (28) and Paul Colbert (46) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in Limerick City are charged with the murder of Gerard McMahon on January 18, 2012. They have pleaded not guilty to murdering him around 12.30am outside another house on Lenihan ….read more

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Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Drunk man who had hunting knife for his own protection avoids prison

A MAN who was drunk and carrying a six-inch hunting knife and screwdriver claiming they were for his own protection has escaped a prison sentence.

Erik Keder (27) of Seamount View in Swords, Co Dublin was ordered to complete 240 hours community service in lieu of a six month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the implements at New Haggard Bridge in Lusk on March 14th, 2012.

Garda Paul Kelly gave evidence that at around 11.05pm he saw Keder out on the road for no reason and ….read more

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