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Graham Dwyer

Architect charged with murdering Elaine O'Hara refused bail

Central Criminal Court

The man charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O’Hara has been refused bail by the High Court.

Graham Dwyer of (41) of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock is charged with the murder of Ms O’ Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22nd, 2012.

The architect is in custody awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin at the Central Criminal Court on April 13th next year.

He is in custody since October and went to the High Court today to apply for bail, but the State objected.

His barrister, Remy Farrell SC, said it was unreasonable that his client would be in custody for ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Dutch man to stand trial for murder

Central Criminal Court

A Dutch man will go on trial on Thursday, charged with murdering a 31-year-old man in Dublin in 2012.

Jacky Lumi (42) of no fixed abode, but originally from Holland, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

Dressed in a black top and waistcoat, he pleaded not guilty to murdering Kamal El Habsati on December 1st 2012 at Linn Bhla, Santry Cross in Ballymun.

A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in to hear the trial, which is due to begin on Thursday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, and is expected to last seven days.

Andrzej Benko

Man guilty of attempting to murder his wife

Central Criminal Court

A 42-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to murder his sleeping wife by hitting her over her head with a hammer on the morning of her birthday.

Andrzej Benko (42) of Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddert had admitted hitting Joanna Benko’s head with a lump hammer at least three times. However, he had pleaded not guilty to her attempted murder at that address on July 5, 2010.

The four-day trial heard that Mrs Benko is confined to a wheelchair most of the time as a result of her injuries. Now 35, she also has communication difficulties and will depend on full-time care ….read more

justice new

Man who attacked former partner and disfigured her face fails in appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A man who attacked his former partner leaving her with permanent facial disfigurement has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

In July 2012 Fergal McNulty (44) was jailed for eight years by Judge Patrick McCarten having been found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of assault causing harm and assault causing harm to Una Webb on September 3rd, 2009.

McNulty, with a last address at Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 but who is originally from Sligo, had pleaded not guilty to the offences which occurred on St Anne’s Road in Drumcondra.

The trial heard evidence that on the morning in ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Man who abused nephew must await appeal outcome

Court of Criminal Appeal

A man who received an eight-year sentence for sexually abusing his nephew must wait to learn if his appeal against conviction has been successful.

In January 2012 the now 68-year-old man was sentenced to eight years with two years suspended by Mr Justice Paul Carney having been found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of seven counts of indecent assault.

He had pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault at his home on dates between October 1988 and April 1991 when the victim was between 13 and 16 years old.

The court heard that all of the assaults took place in ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Bullet casings from burnt-out car and scene of David Black shooting fired from same weapon, court hears

Special Criminal Court

Bullet casings recovered near the scene of the shooting of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black were fired from the same weapon as casings retrieved from a burnt-out Toyota car found nearby, a Dublin court has heard.

Jonathan Greer, of the Forensic Science Laboratory of Northern Ireland, today gave evidence in the Special Criminal Court trial of Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of withholding information in relation to the murder.

At the outset of the case, prosecution counsel Paul Greene SC said the court would hear evidence that 52-year-old ….read more

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