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Trial hears secret murder plot conversations

Special Criminal Court

A court has heard two murder plotters talking about jumping out a car and killing a man in an audio clip recorded on a listening device secretly placed in the vehicle by gardai.

Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8, is charged with conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th, 2017.

The accused has pleaded not guilty.

Three men have already pleaded guilty to the plot to kill Mr Hanley and been jailed – Luke Wilson, Joseph Kelly and Alan Wilson.

In the Special Criminal Court today, the prosecution played an audio clip ….read more

Paul Wells Jnr

Accused went on Stag with chainsaw murderer father just days after killing, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Paul Wells Junior. Credit: Collins)

A man accused of impeding the investigation into the murder of Kenneth O’Brien went on his stag party to Latvia with his father, just days after his father had dismembered the victim’s body with a chainsaw, a Central Criminal Court trial has heard.

The jury was listening to further garda interviews today in the trial of Paul Wells Junior (33), who is charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of his father Paul Wells Senior (51) by disposing of a chainsaw in Co Kildare nearly four years ago. The prosecution allege the accused did ….read more

justice new

Man tried to murder mother of ex's new parter, State tells jury

Central Criminal Court

A 35-year-old man attempted to murder a woman because he could not accept her son was in a relationship with his former partner, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

The trial jury also heard today that a dog who began “barking and raising the alarm” when confronted by the alleged gunmen was shot dead during the attack.

Robert Lawlor, with an address at the Rise, Laytown, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Fiona Mitchell at Moatview Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin on May 26, 2018.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of a firearm ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Jury convicts two men of raping woman who "blacked out" at party

Central Criminal Court

A jury has convicted two Leitrim men of raping a woman after she blacked out at a party.

After an 11-day trial at the Central Criminal Court, the jury of nine men and three women spent just over six hours in deliberations.

On Monday, the jury foreman told Ms Justice Eileen Creedon they were “deadlocked” and she told jurors they could return a verdict on which 10 or more of them agreed.

The prosecution case was that the complainant was drinking at the party with the men and other friends and did not remember ending up in a bed. She said she came ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Pension thief allowed to withdraw appeal after producing compensation at last minute

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Retired postmaster Mr Neil Smith, who received compensation today. Credit: Collins)

A former post office employee who stole over €23,000 in old age pension payments has been permitted to withdraw an appeal against the severity of her 18-month jail term, but only after “belatedly” bringing compensation to court.

Paula Underwood (56), with an address on Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to the unlawful use of a computer, with the intention of making a gain for herself, at Donabate Post Office between July 2008 and October 2013.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Underwood held back certain weekly payments from ….read more

Gda Nicholas Keogh

Senior garda engaged in "deliberate and unmitigated" cover-up, "whistleblower" tells tribunal


(Pictured: Garda Nicholas Keogh. Credit: Collins)

By Paul Neilan

A Garda whistleblower has concluded his evidence after three weeks in the witness box by insisting that a former assistant Garda commissioner engaged in a “deliberate and unmitigated” cover-up when investigating his complaints about Garda collusion with a heroin dealer.

The tribunal is in its fourth week and has now finished hearing from Garda Nicholas Keogh, who alleges that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit, identified to the tribunal as Garda A, was in an improper relationship with a heroin dealer, identified as Ms B, who had a then-estimated €2,500 a week ….read more

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