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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

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder accused bought car and TV, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

By Anne Sharkey

Details of the arrest of a Limerick man accused of murdering a retired soldier with a sweeping brush were heard by the jury today at the Central Criminal Court.

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.

In a statement made by Garda Brian Begley and read to the court by the prosecution Maurice Coffey BL, Garda Begley said that on March 24 2011 he had searched the home ….read more

The Special criminal court

International lorry driver escapes disqualification but is convicted of tachograph interference

District Courts

AN INTERNATIONAL lorry driver who interfered with his vehicle’s tachograph in order to allow him to drive for extra hours, has escaped a disqualification from driving under special circumstances.

Kenneth Maher was convicted of careless driving, of interfering with the vehicle’s tachograph and fined a total of €550 at Swords District Court after he pleaded guilty to careless driving, interfering with the recording equipment and failure to make proper use of the tacograph on January 11th on the M1 in Swords.

Garda Michael Lavelle told Swords District Court that he stopped Maher, of La Chapelle-Launay in France and formerly of Stradbally in ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Letters allegedly written by Melanie McNamara murder accused read to jury

Central Criminal Court

The teenager charged with murdering Melanie McCarthy McNamara was a protected prisoner when he allegedly wrote a letter containing the phrase: ‘Two in the head. The bitch is dead’.

Daniel McDonnell’s murder trial heard that he had cell to himself and no contact with other prisoners for his own protection when detained in St Patrick’s Institution on suspicion of the murder. It also heard that he would have known his post would be read.

Mr McDonnell (19) of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to murdering 16-year-old Melanie on February 8th 2012 at nearby Brookview Way. She was shot in ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Student caused €2k damage to ex-girlfriend's car after she refused him entry into her home

District Courts

AN ENGINEERING student who caused €2,000 worth of damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car after she refused him entry into her apartment has been convicted and fined at Swords District Court.

Liam Kinahan (30) of Dromiskin Cross in Co Louth, who represented himself, pleaded guilty before the court to causing criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car by damaging both wing mirrors, and denting a door and car booth. The offences occurred on January 5th outside The Gallery Apartments in Donabate.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh gave evidence of arrest charge and caution by way of certificates and schedules.

He said at 7am the defendant called to ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Man charged with assaulting two men outside Dublin nightclub

A MAN charged with assaulting two males outside a Dublin nightclub had his case adjourned until March.

Cillian Mahoney (22) of Orwell Park Green in Templeogue is alleged to have assaulted the two men, causing them harm on November 25th, 2012 outside The Wright Venue at Airside Retail Park in Swords. Co Dublin.

Defence barrister Mr Ronan O’Carroll told Swords District Court that disclosure of interviews have been completed by the gardai and the case is ready to be heard.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh said the case may take up to one whole day as there ….read more

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