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Court hears of murder co-accused's "transformation" in to prosecution witness

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

The Special Criminal Court has heard how a former co-accused was transformed into a prosecution witness in the trial of three men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath have also pleaded not guilty to firearm ….read more

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Butterly murder trial lawyers seek documents on former co-accused turned state's witness

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

Lawyers for three men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly have sought disclosure of material relating to their former co-accused who turned prosecution witness “in sudden circumstances” earlier this year.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath have also pleaded not guilty ….read more

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DPP asks court to erect screen between garda witnesses and general public in “extraordinary and unusual application”

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A Detective Superintendent has applied to erect a “screen” between members of the public and undercover garda witnesses prior to them giving evidence in the trial of three men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

The non-jury Special Criminal Court will rule tomorrow on the application brought in the knowledge of the Garda Commissioner “in order to protect the visual characteristics” of nine gardaí from the National Surveillance Unit.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded ….read more

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Laois brothers have rape convictions quashed

Court of Criminal Appeal

(Pictured: Seamus Flanagan (left) and Eamonn Flanagan (right))

The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the convictions of two Laois brothers for raping a woman in a hotel room after hearing new evidence from a key prosecution witness.

Presiding judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin today said the appeal court had taken the view that the convictions of Eamonn Flanagan (42) of Dunamaise, Stradbally and Seamus Flanagan (35) of Ashley Gardens, Portlaoise, were unsafe.

The brothers were jailed for three years by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan in October 2011 after a Central Criminal Court jury convicted them of raping a woman in a room ….read more

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Court orders disclosure of surveillance documents in Butterly murder trial

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

Gardaí have failed in their bid to claim legal privilege over documents relating to the surveillance of three men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath have also pleaded not guilty to firearm offences at the ….read more

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Man jailed for life as a teen for "brutal" hammer murder to be released in less than two years

Central Criminal Court

File Picture: Darren Goodwin

A 26-year-old Laois man jailed for life as a teenager for hammering a boy to death will be released in less than two years, after his trial judge reviewed his sentence.

Darren Goodwin, formerly of Graigue, Mountmellick, was 16 when he was sentenced to life in prison for the 2003 murder of 14-year-old Darragh Conroy.

Due to his age, the life sentence was not mandatory. However, Mr Justice Barry White used his discretion in imposing it, after hearing all the details, including that Goodwin had ‘wanted to kill someone’.

A jury had found Goodwin guilty of the crime following a ….read more

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