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High Court clears way for sale of D4 property occupied by squatters

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has cleared the way for a Nama appointed receiver to finalise the sale a Dublin 4 property which had been occupied in recent weeks by squatters.

Today Mr Paul Gilligan granted receiver Mr David Carson, of Deloitte Ireland, various injunctions compelling persons occupying a premises at 7 Barrow Street to vacate the house and cease trespassing at the property.

Three individuals who identified themselves as Ronan Hackett, Benjamin Smith and Joseph Williams, told the court through a spokesman Mr James Sutherland, they were residing in the house. They opposed the receiver’s application for injunctions claiming that would ….read more

Wayne Dundon

Special Criminal Court to rule on evidence admissibility

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court will rule on Tuesday on whether certain evidence is admissible in the trial of two Limerick men charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins.

The three-judge court heard legal submissions from both sides today in a voir dire or trial within the trial to determine the admissibility of evidence relating to one of the men.

Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect and Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect are on trial at the non-jury court. They have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April ….read more

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Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Case against woman charged with producing wheel jack during argument withdrawn

A CASE against a woman who is alleged to have produced a wheel jack during an argument in her neighbourhood has been withdrawn after a court heard the alleged injured party refuses to co-operate with gardai.

Garda Louise Gernon told Balbriggan District Court that she has had no co-operation from the alleged injured party and that this person will not make a statement.

Debbie Whelan (26) of Chieftain’s Road in Balbriggan was charged with the production of an article namely a wheel brace during the course of a fight at Chieftain’s Road ….read more

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Tipperary murder trial hears closing speeches

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

The jury at the murder trial of a man accused of shooting Shane Rossiter have been told they can ‘happily convict’ the accused because the evidence is ‘compelling’.

Maurice Power (31) of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Rossiter (29) in Tipperary on October 17 2012.

In his closing speech at the Central Criminal Court this morning, Mr Anthony Sammon SC prosecuting reminded the jury that the case involves both circumstantial and confessional evidence.

Mr Sammon spoke of Mr Powers car being seen ‘burning in a bog’ as being central to evidence.

He referenced the evidence of Sharon ….read more

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Wheelchair-bound motorist threatened to strike gardai with his wheelchair after crashing BMW

District Courts

A WHEELCHAIR bound motorist who crashed into a parking metre causing €4,000 worth of damage and then threatened to strike gardai with his wheelchair has been convicted and disqualified from driving.

Philip Dunne also threatened a ‘good Samaritan’ who stopped to help him after the car crashed.

Dunne (29) of Woodland Court in Rush pleaded guilty to careless driving, causing criminal damage, using threatening and abusive behaviour and Section 2 assault on November 14th, 2013. A charge of failing to give a blood sample at Ballymun Garda Station on the same date was struck out.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remarked that Dunne’s ‘behaviour was ….read more

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65-year-old woman to be sentenced next week for materially assisting the killer of her husband

Central Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A 65-year-old woman will be sentenced next week for materially assisting the killer of her husband by disposing of evidence almost thirty years ago.

Vera McGrath of Volvenstown, Fordstown, Navan, Co Meath was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

She was charged with materially assisting the killer of her 43-year-old husband, Bernard Brian McGrath, by disposing of evidence connected with his manslaughter at Lower Coole, Westmeath.

The charge stated that the manslaughter had been committed by Colin Pinder and related to a date unknown between March 16th and April 18th 1987.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and this plea ….read more

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