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Date set for Christina Anderson murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A trial date has been set for a woman accused of murdering a man who was trying to jump-start his car to go to work.

Mother-of-three Christina Anderson (39) will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on November 28 this year. Mr Justice Paul McDermott fixed Ms Anderson’s trial date this morning at the court.

Mr Justice McDermott said that the case should return before him for case management and updates on reports on July 22.

Ms Anderson of Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Gareth Kelly (39), who died from stab wounds following an incident ….read more

WRC

Covid protocol failure akin to 'workplace assault', WRC rules

Inquiry

A direct provision centre worker who failed to wear PPE or enforce social distancing during the first weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic was guilty of gross misconduct akin to a workplace assault, the Workplace Relations Commission has found.

Siarhei Klimasheuski’s complaint against Tattonward Ltd under the Unfair Dismissals Act was dismissed by the Workplace Relations Commission in a decision published on Saturday.

He was sacked for gross misconduct over a series of incidents in April 2020 in which he failed to comply with new Covid-19 procedures in place at a Monaghan direct provision centre operated by Tattonward, the company said, denying unfair ….read more

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Murder accused told lies that were 'borderline laughable', prosecution tell jury

Central Criminal Court

(File Picture: Prosecution Counsel Mr Lorcan Staines SC. Photo: Collins)

A 42-year-old man deliberately stabbed his former partner’s boyfriend in a “sneak attack” when he invited him to a fist fight while he had concealed a knife in his pocket, a prosecution barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

Lorcan Staines SC, prosecuting, today also submitted in his closing speech that the accused had told “lie after lie” to gardai about the weapon used and that the lies were so bad they were “borderline laughable”.

Counsel argued the issue of self defence does not arise in the case as ….read more

WRC

Worker who had Jesus tattoo laughed at is awarded for racial harassment

Inquiry

A worker who said his supervisor failed to act when a colleague laughed at his tattoo of Jesus Christ, told him Polish people are “too religious” and insulted the Pope in front of him has been awarded €15,000 for racial and religious harassment at work.

The Workplace Relations Commission was told the harassment started after the victim told his employer that the supervisor was planning to extort money from the company by staging an accident at work and making a personal injuries claim.

Andrzej Waszkiewicz’s claim under the Employment Equality Act against Allpro Services was upheld in a recent decision by the ….read more

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Character referees should be cross-examined in court, High Court judge says

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice David Keane. Photo: Collins)

A High Court judge has said that character referees for convicted criminals should have to come to court to be cross-examined.

Mr Justice David Keane made his comments during the sentence hearing of a 38-year-old Tipperary man convicted of the repeated rape and sexual assault of his young son, which began when the victim was just 12 months old.

Lawyers for the man asked the court to receive a number of character references, including letters from his current partner, his parents and his GP.

Mr Justice Keane said that a recent dicta from the Court of Appeal ….read more

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'Rot in hell': survivor to 'vile paedophile' Michael Golden after he dies in prison

Central Criminal Court

A survivor of abuse at the hands of a convicted child rapist, who died in prison while awaiting sentence for offences against four children, has told a court she hopes he rots in hell.

Michael Golden (73) of Crosspatrick, Killala, Co Mayo was convicted unanimously by a jury following a Central Criminal Court trial last month of seven courts of indecent assault, four counts of sexual assault and nine counts of oral rape against four children on dates between 1980 and 1997.

The children were aged between five and 14 years old at the time he abused them. Golden had pleaded not ….read more

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