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Reduced panel juror taken ill in Bray Boxing Club murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A juror has become ill and was unable to attend today in the trial of a man accused of murdering an early morning gym goer at Bray Boxing Club.

Gerard Cervi, from the East Wall area in Dublin 3, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Bobby Messett (50) at Bray Boxing Club, Bray Harbour, Bray, Co Wicklow on June 5, 2018. He also denies the attempted murder of boxing trainer Peter Taylor and Ian Britton on the same date and location.

The trial was originally due to finish in August and two jurors asked to be discharged when the finish date was ….read more

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Court will allow expert to give evidence in FGM appeal

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has refused to order the reexamination of a child whose parents have challenged a medical finding that she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM).

Mr Justice John Edwards at the three-judge court said the examination called for by lawyers acting for the parents is “disproportionate” and would cause further distress to the child.

The girl’s parents are serving prison sentences having been convicted in 2020 of carrying out the FGM procedure on their then one-year-old daughter and of child cruelty.

Their lawyers told the three-judge appeal court earlier this year that Professor Birgitta Essen, a Swedish expert ….read more


Father 'should never have been convicted' of murdering infant son

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Mr Yusuf Ali Abdi. Photo: Collins)

The Court of Appeal has upheld a miscarriage of justice finding in the case of a father who spent 16 years in prison before he was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of his infant son.

President of the three-judge court Mr Justice George Birmingham said Yusuf Ali Abdi (48) “should never have been convicted” and his conviction was “wrong in a fundamental aspect”. The approval of the Miscarriage of Justice application had entitled Mr Abdi to seek compensation from the State.

Mr Abdi, of Charleville Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 ….read more


Jury views CCTV of Bray Boxing Club on morning of shooting

Central Criminal Court

A jury has viewed CCTV footage showing Bray Boxing Club at the moment when a gunman shot one gym-goer dead and left two others injured.

Detective Garda Alan Thompson said a grey or silver long-wheelbase van with a registration beginning ‘DFZ’ and with slide rails on both sides and tinted rear windows could be seen outside the boxing club at 6.50am on June 5, 2018 when Robert Messett was shot dead.

The van driver, who was wearing a cap, dark trousers and a yellow, high visibility vest, got out of the van and went into the boxing club, the garda said.

Det ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Court upholds sex assault conviction of teen who spanked neighbour

Court of Appeal

A teenager who sexually assaulted a neighbouring child by spanking him has lost an appeal against his conviction.

The now 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was found guilty by a jury in December 2020 of one count of sexually assaulting the then six year old child in April 2019.

The boy’s lawyers appealed his conviction on the grounds that there was a delay in taking his case to trial. They also argued that there was an unfairness in the trial judge’s decision to allow the victim to watch a video of himself making the allegation as ….read more

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Bray Boxing Club murder trial jury asked to sit over schedule for second time

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Gerard Cervi. Credit: Collins)

The jury hearing the trial of a man accused of shooting another man dead at Bray Boxing Club has been asked for a second time if they can sit on over schedule.

The trial of Gerard Cervi (34) had initially been expected to take eight weeks, ending last week. Two jurors were unable to continue when the end-date was put back to September and today, the start of the ninth week of the trial, Mr Justice Michael White at the Central Criminal Court asked the remaining seven women and three men if they could ….read more

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