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Court of Criminal Appeal

Murder jury asked to consider nature of injuries inflicted on "defenceless pensioner"

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A jury was reminded today of the severity of injuries inflicted on a Limerick pensioner found dead in his home following an attack with a sweeping brush.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

Micheál O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, asked that the jury consider the nature of the injuries inflicted when coming to their verdict.

“When weighing up the issue, it is important to have regard to the nature and ….read more

Corey Mulhall

Man who took photos of garda complex denied being in IRA

Special Criminal Court

A man who has admitted booking in to a hotel under a false name to take photos of the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units told detectives in interview that he was not a member of the IRA.

Corey Mulhall (43) was arrested in September 2012 after detectives observed suspicious activity at the Harcourt Hotel close to the garda complex on Harcourt Square. The Harcourt Square building is home to the Special Detective Unit, whose tasks include monitoring the activities of dissident republicans.

The accused man, of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful ….read more

Children-Courthouse-Smithfi

Youth faces trial for sex attacks on two girls

District Courts

A DUBLIN youth is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

The now 18-year-old appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court in connection with offences allegedly committed by him when he was a minor.

He is accused of sexually assaulting two females at the same location in Dublin on a date in 2012. He also faces connected charges for assaulting them causing harm and producing a cider can as a weapon during the course of a sexual assault.

The youth replied “no” when he was charged with the offences, Judge John O’Connor was told.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment meaning ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Dublin murder trial continuing in legal argument

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of murdering a father-of-one is continuing in legal argument.

Andrew Gibney (21) of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart has pleaded not guilty to murdering Gerard Burnett (28) at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart on August 21, 2012.

The trial will resume in evidence this morning.

Ali Damache

Ali Damache judicial review judgement adjourned

High Court

A High Court judge has said he needs a “couple of more days” to return judgement in the judicial review application brought by a man facing extradition to the United States on international terrorism charges.

Algerian-born Irish citizen Ali Charaf Damache (48), who has been living in Ireland for a decade, is wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

The High Court heard the US alleges it has evidence that Damache conspired with American woman Colleen LaRose – who used ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Judge’s illness may force appeal court to re-hear high-profile cases, including that of Anthony Lyons

Court of Criminal Appeal

A number of cases before the Court of Criminal Appeal, including the case against sex-attacker Anthony Lyons, may have to be reheard because a High Court judge has fallen seriously ill.

Chief Justice Susan Denham this morning told the Court of Criminal Appeal that Mr Justice Michael Hanna is seriously ill and will probably require a lengthy period of convalescence following his illness.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Justice Hanna and his family at this time,” Chief Justice Denham said.

The Chief Justice said that Mr Justice Hanna was a member of the Court of Criminal Appeal in a number of ….read more

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