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Roy Collins murder trial adjourned over death of accused's mother

Special Criminal Court

The murder trial of two Limerick men has been adjourned due to the death of the mother of one of the accused, who will attend part of her funeral under prison service escort.

Nathan Killeen (23) is on trial at the Special Criminal Court along with Wayne Dundon (35), charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins in the city five years ago.

Mr Killeen of Hyde Road, Prospect; and Mr Dundon of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; have pleaded not guilty to murdering the 35-year-old at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

Their trial opened before the non-jury court on Thursday ….read more

Marie Cassidy

State Pathologist tells trial deceased received devastating internal injuries

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: State Pathologist Marie Cassidy)

The State Pathologist has told the trial of a man accused of murdering 29-year-old Shane Rossiter that the deceased died of gunshot wounds.

Maurice 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 sppech that the events took place at around 6.30am following a house party in Church Lane, Golden, Co ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Legal aid for man charged with assaulting garda after proof he didn't pay for holiday

District Courts

A MAN charged with assaulting a garda has been granted free legal aid after his girlfriend proved it was her who paid for him to go on holidays.

Judge Dermot Dempsey had previously reserved legal aid for Shane Power, who is unemployed, as he wanted the proof after Power could not attend court on a previous date as he was overseas on holidays.

Judge Dempsey had stated he doesn’t see why the defendant can go on holidays and then claim free legal aid from the State to pay for his legal fees.

Power (25) of The Rise, Skerries Rock is alleged to have ….read more

Sean Gallagher

Dispute over documents in Sean Gallagher "Tweetgate" action

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A dispute over the extent of discovery of documents in former presidential candidate Sean Gallagher’s legal action against RTE arising from the ‘Tweetgate’ has come before the High Court.

In his action against RTE Mr Gallagher seeks a declaration from the High Court the RTE Frontline debate in October 2011 was deliberately and unfairly edited, presented and directed by RTE in order to damage his electoral prospects in the election.

He also seeks a declaration the broadcast was neither objective nor impartial, nor fair to his interests. He seeks damages for alleged breach of statutory duty, alleged negligence and misfeasance ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Man who drove while disqualified avoids prison sentence

A MAN who drove a car while disqualified from driving has escaped a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service.

Father-of-five Karl Robinson has been ordered to complete 240 hours community service work in lieu of a three month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and driving while disqualified at Station Road in Lusk on June 29th, 2013.

Balbriggan District Court heard that Robinson (31) of Remount, Racecourse Commons in Lusk was stopped by gardai on the day and as he had no insurance and no driving licence, ….read more

Ronan Cunningham

Drunk driver who got suspended sentence for dangerous driving causing death jailed for three years by appeal court

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A civil engineer who crashed and killed a man while drunkenly driving in the wrong direction down a dual carriageway has been sentenced to three years in prison by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

The three judge court today imposed the three year custodial term, along with a 15 year driving ban, on Ronan Cunningham (aged 30) who admitted dangerous driving causing the death of Emanuel Mendez in October 2010.

Imposing the sentence Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman described Cunningham’s driving on the night of the collision as being “not jut dangerous” but “hideous”. The sentence replaces the five year ….read more

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