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Anthony Carroll

Judgement on Friday in Cork handgun trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Anthony Carroll (30) at the Special Criminal Court)

The Special Criminal Court is to return judgement on Friday in the trial of two Cork men charged with the possession of two loaded handguns.

Anthony Carroll (30) of Curaheen Close, Bishopstown, and his co-accused Brian Walsh (43) with an address at Connolly Road, Ballyphehane, have pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a Walther pistol, a Smith & Wesson revolver and 12 rounds of ammunition at Deanrock Avenue, Togher, on February 23, 2013.

The non-jury court has heard that the loaded Walther and Smith & Wesson handguns were found by gardai inside ….read more

Andrzej Benko

Man apologises to wife for attempting to murder her

Central Criminal Court

A father of one has apologised to his wife for attempting to murder her by hitting her over her head with a hammer on her birthday while she slept.

Andrzej Benko (42) of Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddart had admitted hitting Joanna Benko’s head with a lump hammer at least three times. However, he had pleaded not guilty to her attempted murder at that address on July 5, 2010.

Last month, the jury took under three hours to reach a unanimous verdict of guilty.

Mrs Benko is confined to a wheelchair most of the time as a result of her injuries, the Central Criminal Court ….read more


Man who hid Ecstasy in his underwear escapes prison sentence

District Courts

A MAN who hid 51 Ecstasy tablets in his underwear and ran from gardai before being searched has escaped a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable to complete a community service order.

James Marry was acting in a suspicious manner and tried to avoid gardai when they approached him on Drogheda Street in Balbriggan, Swords District Court heard.

Marry (25) of The Bakery, George’s Hill in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of the Ecasty tablets for sale or supply valued at €300 on October 27th, 2010 at Drogheda Street in Balbriggan.

Marry, who has three previous drug related convictions ….read more

justice new

"Bury us together": Mother who smothered son left suicide note

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A suicide note with the words ‘bury us together’ was found at the home of a Cork woman who admitted to smothering of her eight-year-old-son in 2012.

Diane Ward (44) of Harrison Place, Charleville had her sentencing adjourned until 7 July by Mr Justice Barry White at the Central Criminal Court today.

Ward had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her son Anthony at their home on 3 September 2012.

Timothy O Leary SC prosecuting confirmed the events surrounding the death of eight-year-old Anthony with Detective Sergeant Michael Corbett.

“The background is somewhat tragic,” said Mr O Leary.

Sergeant Corbett said he received ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Carpet replaced and knife missing from flat where killing took place, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The resident of a flat where a killing took place while he was away returned from holidays to find his meat knife missing and his carpet replaced, a murder trial has heard.

The man was giving evidence today in the trial of a 33-year-old Dublin man charged with murdering his friend in the flat five years ago.

Alan Harte, with an address at Clareville Grove in Glasnevin, but from East Wall, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Peter Gunn (28) on January 4th 2009 in Cabra Park, Cabra, Dublin.

The father of two was stabbed through the heart, before his body was dumped ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Drugs case struck out over delay in obtaining directions from DPP

A MAN arrested over unlawful possession of drugs had his case struck out due to a delay in obtaining directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Derek Boylan (32) of Hollywell Avenue, Feltrim Hill in Swords was charged with being in unlawful possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his home address on May 1st, 2013. He was further charged with being in unlawful possession of cannabis at the same address on the same date.

On March 24th, Judge Dermot Dempsey granted further time for the DPP’s directions to be obtained. ….read more

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