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High Court orders arrest of local election candidate

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has ordered the arrest of a candidate in this month’s local elections over her failure to remove allegedly defamatory posts about Bundoran Town Council on YouTube.

On Friday Mr Justice Paul Gilligan ordered that independent candidate Patricia McCafferty, who is seeking election to Donegal County Council, be arrested and brought before the High Court for alleged contempt of courts orders directing her to remove the video clips she posted on the social media platform.

The orders were sought by lawyers for the Council which claims its members and officials have been defamed in the posts where ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Dublin youth on trial for murder told gardai he acted in self-defence

Central Criminal Court

One of two Dublin youths charged with murdering a German student and injuring another in the city told gardai he was acting in self-defence.

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 in her opening statement that both ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Tipperary murder trial in legal argument until next week

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

The trial of a man charged with murdering 29-year-old Shane Rossiter is continuing in legal argument.

Maurice “Mossy” Power (31) of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Mr Rossiter in Co. Tipperary on October 17, 2012.

The prosecution alleges the accused fired two shots at Mr Rossiter causing him catastrophic injuries, which lead to his death.

The trial is dealing with legal issues and will not resume in evidence before Thursday.

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Murder accused told friend his former partner got in the middle of fight but was "OK"

Central Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A 33-year-old man accused of murdering his former partner told a friend she got in the middle of a knife fight he had with her brother but was OK, a jury has heard.

Vesel Jahiri, of Louth Village, Dundalk but originally from Kosovo, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on September 21 2012.

Mr Jahiri has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Anna Finnegan’s brother, Karl, on the same date.

The Central Criminal Court has heard how Ms Finnegan and Mr Jahiri had been in a ten year relationship that ….read more

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“Listen out for sirens”: witness tells court Roy Collins murder trial accused said he was going to shoot Steve Collins

Special Criminal Court

A witness has given evidence that a Limerick man charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins said to “listen out for sirens” as he was going to shoot the deceased’s father Steve Collins, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Lisa Collins today gave evidence in the Special Criminal Court trial of Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect and Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, 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 is the partner of Christopher McCarthy (31), a cousin ….read more

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Army man's sanction for going to Doctor quashed

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A sanction imposed on a member of the defence forces for attending a medical appointment he says he was given permission to go to has been quashed, the High Court has heard.

Corporal Mark Beatty, stationed at Dublin’s Cathal Brugha Barracks, was charged with being absent without leave and insubordination after he returned from the medical appointment. He was also incarcerated for several hours.

At a subsequent hearing his commanding officer found the charges against him were proven and fined him €300.

Corporal Beatty said his attendance at a medical centre had been sanctioned. He said that ….read more

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