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Wesley Kelly

Murder trial jury shown heavily bloodstained coat

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wesley Kelly)

The jury in the trial of two Dublin youths charged with murdering a German student and injuring another in the city has been shown a heavily bloodstained coat.

Thomas Heinrich and Robert Rinker were stabbed on St Anthony’s Road in Rialto on December 1, 2012. Mr Rinker survived but 22-year-old Mr Heinrich died.

Wesley Kelly (20) of St Anthony’s Road has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Mr Heinrich and to assault causing harm to Mr Rinker.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, also denies both charges.

Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, told the court ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man to stand trial charged with murder of 36-year-old woman

Central Criminal Court

A 37-year-old man is due to go on trial tomorrow accused of murdering a woman in Cork last year.

Darren Murphy of Passage West, Co Cork has pleaded not guilty to murdering Olivia Dunlea (36) at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, Co Cork on February 17 2013.

When asked how he was to plead to the charge Mr Murphy said “not guilty, guilty of manslaughter” to which counsel for the DPP said “that plea is not acceptable to the director”.

Mr Murphy pleaded guilty to a second charge that of damage by fire to a residential house at the same address.

A jury of seven ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Roy Collins murder trial in voir dire

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court trial of two Limerick man charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins has entered a trial within a trial after voice recognition evidence was given by a prosecution witness.

April Collins today gave evidence in the trial of Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect who have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

Ms Collins, who grew up on Hyde Avenue in Ballinacurra Weston, used to be in a relationship with Gerard Dundon ….read more

Alan Harte

Dublin man to be sentenced next month for assisting in disposal of friend's body

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Dublin man will be sentenced for impeding the prosecution in a murder trial after he was found not guilty last month of murdering his friend.

Alan Harte (33) of Clareville Grove, Glasnevin had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Peter Gunn (28) on 4 of January 2009 at a flat in Cabra Park.

Paul Coffey SC prosecuting told the court today that the verdict of not guilty of murder had been unanimous but that Mr Harte had been found guilty of assisting in the disposal of the body of Mr Gunn.

Detective Sergeant Alan Brady confirmed that Mr Harte ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man found not guilty of murdering his father by reason of insanity further detained for mental illness treatment

Central Criminal Court

by Ruaidhhri Giblin

A man who was found not guilty of murdering his father by reason of insanity has been deemed to be suffering from a mental illness and detained further for the purposes of treatment.

Edward Boylan Jnr (31) of no fixed abode admitted causing the death of Edward Boylan Snr on January 6th or 7th 2012. However, he pleaded not guilty to the 74-year-old’s murder at his flat in the Ravensdale Close retirement complex in Crumlin.

A jury in the Central Criminal Court trial heard that Mr Boylan Jnr had been diagnosed with schizophrenia more than a decade earlier and had ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Laois man accused of murdering Nanny took gardai "on a wild goose chase"


A murder trial has heard that the accused man took gardai on ‘a wild goose chase’ when he pointed out where he said he had killed a Laois nanny.

The defence made the comment this morning when cross examining one of the gardai who accompanied the accused to what he said were the scenes of the crime.

Detective Sergeant Brian Hanley of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation was giving evidence in the trial of Robert Corbet, who is charged with the 30-year-old’s murder.

The 25-year-old from Sheffield Cross, Laois has pleaded not guilty to her murder. However, he has admitted her manslaughter ….read more

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