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Karen Byrne

Jury in trial of man accused of murdering his partner hears secretly taped conversation

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Karen Byrne at Dublin Central Criminal Court)

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man accused of murdering his former partner did not tell social workers it would be easy for him to stab her as alleged by witnesses, a jury has heard, and an audio recording of the conversation in which he is alleged to have made the comments has been played to them in his defence.

The social worker who swore in evidence that the accused made such comments claims the tape was “doctored”.

Vesel Jahiri, of Louth Village, Dundalk but originally from Kosovo, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan at ….read more

Ravensdale close

Man who stabbed father to death with bayonet was suffering from mental disorder, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

Psychiatrists for both sides in a murder trial have testified that the accused was suffering from a mental disorder and met the criteria for an insanity verdict when he stabbed his father to death with a World War 1 sword.

The doctors were giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of a 31-year-old Dublin man charged with murdering his elderly father with the 100-year-old family heirloom.

Edward Boylan Jnr of no fixed abode has admitted stabbing Edward Boylan Snr (74) and causing his death. However, he has pleaded not guilty to his murder on January 6th or 7th ….read more

Shelia Flannery

Well known horse trainer seeks return of land

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A well known retired horse breeder and trainer has launched High Court proceedings against a business man she claims wrongly transferred a plot of her land into his own name.

Former trainer Shelia Flannery claims that in August 1996 she put a plot of land in Dunboyne Co Meath in Mr Sean Kavanagh’s name for safe keeping, and on the understanding he would keep the site in trust for her benefit.

Ms Flannery, with an address at Lissadel Court, Driminagh Dublin claims that at the time she trusted Mr Kavanagh, and that he was her partner in an equine venture. ….read more

Shave or Dye

Mum who carried out bogus collection for Shave or Dye campaign given Probation Act

District Courts

(Pictured: Ray D’Arcy gets his head shaved during Today FM’s Shave or Dye 2014 Guinness World Record attempt)

A MOTHER of five who was carrying out a bogus collection in aid of Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign for the Irish Cancer Society has been given the benefit of the Probation Act.

Frances O’Brien (54) had a bench warrant executed at Balbriggan District Court after she had failed to appear before Swords District Court to answer the charge.

O’Brien of Brackenwood Drive in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to using a false instrument, namely a false charity card to collect for the national radio station’s ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Deceased rang murder accused for delivery of drugs, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man charged with murdering 29-year-old Shane Rossiter has heard the deceased rang the accused on the night of the incident to ask him for weed to be delivered to him.

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.

Mr Anthony Sammon SC prosecuting told the court in his opening speech that the events took place at around 6.30am following ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Dad of three who threatened to smash up car bound to peace for one year

A FATHER-of-three who became aggressive to gardai when they threatened to seize a vehicle and threatened to ‘smash up the car’ has been placed on a peace bond for one year.

Andrew Gosson also became aggressive to gardai on a different date when he was stopped for erratic driving on a motorway.

Gosson (24) of Thornchase, Skerries Road in Rush pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to using threatening and abusive behaviour December 17th, 2013 and on the M1 Southbound on January 16th.

Sergeant Mark Buckley told Balbriggan District ….read more

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