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Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Drink-driver crashed car after celebrating news his wife was expecting

A MAN who was caught drink driving after he crashed his car into a ditch while out celebrating the news that his wife was expecting a baby has been disqualified from driving for three years.

Marcin Andrejczat (38) of Lazy Acre Cottage, Brackenstown Road in Swords was also fined €500 after he pleaded guilty to drink driving on December 4th, 2012 on the Rathbeale Road.

Garda Miriam O’Donovan gave evidence that she came across a car in a ditch and when she spoke to the driver she got a smell of alcohol from ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Anonymous document delays Garda surveillance trial

Special Criminal Court

An anonymous document sent to the DPP has delayed the trial of a Dublin man who was arrested on charges connected to an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units.

Corey Mulhall (41) was arrested in September 2012 after detectives observed suspicious activity at a hotel close to Harcourt Square Garda Station. The station is home to the Special Detective Unit, whose tasks include monitoring the activities of dissident republicans.

This morning at the Special Criminal Court Mr Mulhall, of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself ….read more

Siobhan Whitaker

Mother who cleaned up murder scene jailed for 18 months

Central Criminal Court

A mother-of-one who cleaned up the scene of a murder carried out by a “recidivist criminal” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Siobhan Whitaker (25) with an address in Meadow Vale in London pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension of an individual who she knew or believed to be guilty of Maurice Martin’s murder in Finglas on June 12, 2009.

The Central Criminal Court heard that convicted criminal Daniel Gaynor, who was since murdered, killed the 21-year-old by stabbing him to death after he thought he smiled at his girlfriend.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Paul Carney said Whitaker had “no involvement ….read more


Man drove off in car as woman's fingertip was severed in car door

District Courts

A MAN who drove off in his car while a woman had her hand in the door, causing the tip of her finger to be cut off, has been fined at Swords District Court.

Thomas Dennis left hairdresser Shauna Weldon without a finger tip on her right hand ring finger, resulting in her having to re-train as a hairdresser.

Dennis only reported the incident to gardai the following afternoon after consulting with his father when he found Ms Weldon’s finger tip in his car.

Dennis (21) of Newtown Parks in Skerries pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to failing to report the occurrence ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man goes on trial charged with murdering pensioner with sweeping brush

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A 21-year-old Limerick man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering a man at his home using a sweeping brush.

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

Michael O’Higgins, prosecuting, opened the trial for the jury today.

He said that the accused is believed to have visited the deceased James Boyce (71) on Sunday night the 6th March 2011 and a second time after midnight.

It is ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man denies Dublin murder

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of murdering a man in north Dublin in 2012.

Andrew Gibney (21) is charged with murdering Gerard Burnett (28) at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart on August 21, 2012.

Mr Gibney of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart appeared before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court today and pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on the single count of murder.

The trial is due to start on Tuesday before a jury of six men and six women and is expected to last two weeks.

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