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Jury clears man of murder but finds him guilty of manslaughter over stabbing

Central Criminal Court

A Clare man who admitted stabbing another man in the back during a row has been acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Robbie Walsh (23) of Island View, Kilrush, Co Clare, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering 25-year-old Karl “Gobbo” Haugh at Marian Estate, Kilkee, Co. Clare, in the early hours of August 6, 2017.

The jury took over three hours to return a unanimous verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart thanked the jurors for their time and attendance and excused them from further civic duty for five years.

She ….read more

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Six year jail term for arsonist who endangered three generations of same family

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former drug addict who admitted endangering the lives of three generations of the same family when he set two cars alight in their driveway has been jailed for six years.

A woman in her 80s, her granddaughter and her ten-week-old great grandson were forced to take refuge in her back garden after the heat from the two blazing cars melted the front door shut, a court has heard.

In a victim impact statement read out at the sentence hearing last December on her behalf, the young mother said she feared she would have to choose between saving the life of her ….read more

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Evidence "all flows in one direction", prosecution tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The evidence against a Dublin man accused of murdering a former soldier “all flows in one direction”, a prosecution barrister has told a trial jury.

James Dwyer SC, prosecuting, today gave his closing speech in the Central Criminal Court trial of Gary Watson (35), who is charged with murdering Warren O’Connor (24) nine years ago in north Dublin.

Mr O’Connor died from a single stab wound to the neck and the knife’s blade was found “partially impaled” in his body when his post-mortem was conducted.

Mr Watson, with an address at Millbrook Avenue, Kilbarrack, Dublin 13 has pleaded not guilty to murdering ….read more

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Valentine remanded in custody

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two Dublin men who admitted stealing a cash register from an indoor entertainment centre will be sentenced next month.

Eddie Valentine (44) of Carrickmount Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a cash register from Leisureplex, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, on May 4, 2017.

His co-accused Mark Kavanagh (40) of Mountainview Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin, also pleaded guilty to stealing a cash register from the same location on the same date.

Judge Karen O’Connor remanded both men in custody and adjourned the matter for sentencing on March 1, next.

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Escaped prisoner hid in wheelie bin

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An escaped prisoner who hid in a wheelie bin after driving the wrong way down a motorway at night while trying to avoiding pursuing gardaí has been sentenced to five years.

Liam Deegan (27) was discovered in the bin after the garda helicopter unit, which was called in to assist in the chase, detected a heat source coming from it. He had abandoned his car, a Volkswagen Passat, in the forecourt of a nearby garage. He was unlawfully at large from Mountjoy prison at the time.

Garda John Ryan told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that at 2am that morning he had instructed ….read more

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Financial services company secures injunction against EBS

High Court

A financial services company has secured a High Court injunction preventing EBS from terminating an agency agreement to operate three of the building society’s branches.

The injunction is to remain in place until the full dispute has been resolved.

The injunction was granted in favour of Betty Martin Financial Services Ltd, which under an agency agreement operates EBS branches in Athlone, Longford and Lucan, by Mr Justice John Jordan on Wednesday.

BMFS claimed the agreement, which it has operated for many years, was terminated over its refusal to engage in the alleged mis-selling of financial products to customers.

EBS denies ….read more

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