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Court of Criminal Appeal

Jury hears deceased was involved in violent altercation

Central Criminal Court

A ballistics expert has told the Central Criminal Court trial of a Wexford man accused of murdering his friend that the deceased was involved in a violent altercation.

Michael Furlong (36) of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Patrick Connors (37) between April 28 and April 29, 2011 at apartments known as Carraig Túr in Enniscorthy.

Today ballistics expert Detective Garda Janette O’Neill told the court that she was “satisfied the deceased was involved in a violent altercation.”

She told Mr John O’Kelly SC prosecuting she formed the opinion that a row or struggle had taken place ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Extradition hearing of men wanted over body in suitcase

High Court

The extradition of a Dublin man wanted in connection with the death of a man whose body was found inside a suitcase in an Amsterdam canal would violate his constitutional rights, the High Court has heard.

Dutch authorities are seeking the surrender of Kenneth Brunell (27) from Palmerstown and Barry McArdle (27) from Drimnagh who were arrested on foot of extradition warrants issued in 2011.

The men are wanted to face trial in connection with the death of Keith Ennis (29) from Walkinstown, who was on the run from Gardai at the time.
 
Mr Ennis’s body parts were dumped in a suitcase in a canal on ….read more

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20-year ban for man who drove while disqualified

District Courts

A MAN who took a car for a test drive while disqualified from driving has been banned from driving for 20 years.

Jonathan Coyle has also been given a six-month sentence which was suspended at Balbriggan District Court.

However, Judge Dermot Dempsey said he may jail Coyle for a further six months for driving without insurance if he is not deemed suitable for 240 hours community service.

Coyle (31) of The Collages, Colecot in Lusk, Co Dublin pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to driving without insurance, driving while disqualified, failing to produce insurance and driving without a driving licence on June 2nd ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Deceased found in pool of blood

Central Criminal Court

Paramedics have told a Limerick murder trial that the deceased was found in a pool of blood with puncture wounds ‘everywhere’.

They were giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of three men charged in connection with the 43-year-old man’s death.

Seán Flanagan (28) and Paul Colbert (46) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in Limerick City are charged with murdering Gerard McMahon on January 18, 2012. They have pleaded not guilty to murdering him at a house on Lenihan Avenue.

Ian Flanagan (24) of the same address as his co-accused has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assisting an ….read more

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Witness tells trial of opening door to cousin bleeding from stab wounds

Central Criminal Court

 

A Limerick man has told a trial about the moment he opened his front door to find his cousin bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

Joe McEvoy was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of three Limerick men charged in connection with his 43-year-old cousin’s death.

Seán Flanagan (28) and Paul Colbert (46) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in Limerick city have pleaded not guilty to murdering Gerard McMahon on Lenihan Avenue on January 18, 2012.

Ian Flanagan (24) of the same address as his co-accused has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assisting an offender on the same ….read more

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Court orders return of jeep bought with fake bank draft

District Courts

A COURT has ordered that a jeep a man sold on the internet to another man who used a fraudulent bank draft be returned to him.

However, a second man who thought he had legitimately bought the jeep from the ‘conman’, lost the €8,750 he paid for the vehicle.

Brendan Dempsey of St Catherine’s Road in Rush brought the case before Balbriggan District Court to have his jeep returned to him under the Police Property Act.

The court heard that Dempsey had contacted gardai in Balbriggan after he had sold his jeep to a man only called ‘Wayne’ and received a bank draft ….read more

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