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Michael Kiely Celebrate

Man who read statement threatening Irish in British Army acquitted of IRA membership

Special Criminal Court

Pictured: Michael Kiely (MIDDLE) celebrating with friends as he left court after he was acquitted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

A man who read out a Continuity IRA statement threatening Irish members of the British Army has been acquitted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler today said that while the non-jury court was “fully satisfied” Michael Kiely (43) read an “inflammatory statement” which contained threats to kill, it had some doubt as to whether he was a member of the IRA on the date in question.

In a graveside oration delivered at ….read more

Whyte Family

Stabbed more than 100 times: Dublin man guilty of murdering David Whyte

Central Criminal Court

Pictured: David Whyte’s brother-in-law Jonathan Spollen (Middle), David’s sisters Lesley (Left) and Paula Whyte (Right) speaking to the media outside court today

by Anne Sharkey

The sisters of murder victim David Whyte (35), burst into tears after a Dublin man was sentenced to life imprisonment for the fatal stabbing of their brother.

A jury of seven men and four women (one juror was discharged due to illness) came to the unanimous decision at the Central Criminal Court today after three hours of deliberations over two days.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh (36) of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown), had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Whyte by ….read more

John Bowe

Three bankers charged with €7.2 billion conspiracy

District Courts

Pictured: John Bowe (50) leaving Dublin District Court today

THREE former senior officials from two financial services institutions are to stand trial accused conspiring to mislead Anglo Irish Bank investors in relation to €7.2 billion transactions.

The case relates to financial transfers involving Irish Life Assurance, Irish Life and Permanent and Anglo Irish Bank, between March and September 2008.

The three men are: ex banker John Bowe, who had been head of capital markets at Anglo Irish Bank which has been nationalised costing taxpayers about €30 billion. It was later re-branded the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) which is now in special liquidation. ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Two women jailed for four years for killing grandfather

Central Criminal Court

Two women have been jailed for four years for killing a grandfather at a party in Waterford last year.

Johanna Kelly (40) and Michelle Hynes (41), both of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Joe O’Brien.

A third person, Patrick Keating, is serving a life sentence for murdering the 60-year-old at an apartment on William Street in the city on April 23, 2012.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced both women to six years in prison with the last two suspended.

Mr Justice McCarthy said that both women must undergo two years post-release supervision.

He said he was “deeply sensitive to the ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man denied bail after frenzied knife attack on his family

District Courts

A DUBLIN man has been denied bail after a judge heard he stabbed his own mother in the neck and then left a blade embedded in his little brother’s arm during a frenzied knife attack.

The 24-year-old, who cannot be named because one of the victims is a minor, was charged today with assault causing harm to his mother and brother at their north Dublin family home on Monday.

Detective Garda Adrian Mulligan told Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court that the 24-year-old jobless man had been arrested on Wednesday (DEC 18) and made no reply when he was charged with ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man found not guilty of murdering his mother by reason of insanity

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old man with schizophrenia has been found not guilty of murdering his mother by reason of insanity.

Niall Stapleton of Glebe Lodge, Kilfane, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Siobhan Stapleton (51) at that address on May 25, 2012. She died from blunt force trauma to the head, after being beaten with the handle of a garden implement.

The college graduate admitted causing his mother’s death, but a four-day trial at the Central Criminal Court heard that he believed she had been replaced by an impostor when he killed her.

Forensic psychiatrists for both the prosecution and ….read more

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