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Murder accused claims he would not have let friend die even if he wanted to

Central Criminal Court

A Wexford man on trial for the murder of his friend claims he would not have let the 37-year-old man die, even if the man wanted to, a Central Criminal Court jury has heard.

Michael Furlong (36) told also told gardai he used a “sword or screw driver” to open the sitting room door that he claims murder victim Patrick Connors had locked.

Furlong of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Connors (37) between April 28th and April 29th, 2011 at CarraigTúr apartments in the town.

Detective Garda Martin Brauders told ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Reserved judgement in case of man who indecently assaulted daughter

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgement in the case of a man appealing against his conviction for indecently assaulting his daughter over 30 years ago.

In April 2010 Judge Frank O’Donnell sentenced the now 66-year-old man to six years with three years suspended after he was found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of four counts of indecently assaulting his daughter.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to all four charges which happened at various locations in Co Kildare on dates between October 1981 and March 1983 when the victim ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Jury hears deceased was involved in violent altercation

Central Criminal Court

A ballistics expert has told the Central Criminal Court trial of a Wexford man accused of murdering his friend that the deceased was involved in a violent altercation.

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 Carraig Túr in Enniscorthy.

Today ballistics expert Detective Garda Janette O’Neill told the court that she was “satisfied the deceased was involved in a violent altercation.”

She told Mr John O’Kelly SC prosecuting she formed the opinion that a row or struggle had taken place ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man to be sentenced for shooting friend causing him to lose eye

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man is to be sentenced later for shooting his lifelong friend causing him to lose his eye.

Patrick McCann (20) of Decies Road, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Luke Wilson (19) at Liffey Gaels, GAA club, Memorial Park, Inchicore on January 13, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at the same place on that date.

Detective Sergeant Michael O’Brien told the court that Mr Wilson had made an arrangement to meet McCann that day at the Memorial Park.

Det Sgt O’Brien said McCann and Mr Wilson knew each other “since ….read more

Tom McFeeley

McFeely avoids jail term

District Courts

(Pictured Tom McFeely arriving at court on a previous occasion)

Bankrupt developer Tom McFeely has avoided a three-month jail term after he resolved a €24,000 debt dispute.

An action to jail the former IRA hunger-striker, who built the notorious Priory Hall apartment complex in Donaghmede in Dublin, reached a conclusion today just days before he was expected to be quizzed over an alleged Isle of Man “money trail”.

The case at Dublin District Court had stemmed from the rogue builder’s failure to pay a €24,288 bill for services obtained from MCR Personnel Ltd, which specialises in recruiting for construction firms.

In an effort to ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Deceased found in pool of blood

Central Criminal Court

Paramedics have told a Limerick murder trial that the deceased was found in a pool of blood with puncture wounds ‘everywhere’.

They were giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of three men charged in connection with the 43-year-old man’s death.

Seán Flanagan (28) and Paul Colbert (46) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in Limerick City are charged with murdering Gerard McMahon on January 18, 2012. They have pleaded not guilty to murdering him at a house on Lenihan Avenue.

Ian Flanagan (24) of the same address as his co-accused has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assisting an ….read more

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