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First challenge to Leaving Cert grades comes before High Court

High Court

The first of what may be several High Court challenges against the system used to calculate Leaving Certificate results has come before the High Court.

The action against the State has been brought by a student in Dublin 3. The court heard she was left devastated after she narrowly missed out on a place to study medicine at Trinity College Dublin by two points after three of her calculated grades were reduced.

Her application came before Mr Justice Charles Meenan on Wednesday, who was told that several other potential similar challenges to the calculated grades system are pending.

The court heard that the ….read more

Dr Michael Curtis

Homeless man stabbed 25 times in back, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Michael Curtis. Credit: Collins)

A homeless man died after suffering 62 stab injuries, including 25 knife wounds to his back, a Central Criminal Court murder trial heard today.

Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said in evidence this morning that Polish national Michal Kurek (33) died from “multiple stab wounds and with a contributory factor of blunt-force trauma to the head and chest” in August 2017.

Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, who is also a Polish national, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Kurek (33), his former housemate, at a place unknown ….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.

20-year-old goes on trial accused of Jobstown murder

Central Criminal Court

A 20-year-old will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court after he pleaded not guilty to murdering a 23-year-old man in a south Dublin park two years ago.

Philip Dunbar, of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24 today pleaded not guilty to the murder of Adam Muldoon at Butler Park in Jobstown Park, Tallaght on June 22 or June 23, 2018.

A jury of six men and six women has been sworn to hear evidence in the trial, which is expected to last six weeks.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott asked the jury to return tomorrow for the trial opening.

Ryanair

Covid travel restrictions not binding, State tells High Court

High Court

The State has said that measures introduced by the Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic do not impose a legal restriction on travel in and out of the county.

The measures, the High Court heard on Wednesday, are merely advisory, have been reviewed regularly, and are not binding in nature.

The State was responding to claims made by Ryanair that the measures, which the airline says amount to “international travel restrictions”, are unlawful and amount to a disproportionate interference of it and its passengers’ rights.

In its action against An Taoiseach, Ireland and the Attorney General, the airline seeks various orders and ….read more

Jury room

Jury to continue deliberations in Azzam Raguragui murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to continue considering their verdict in the trial of a teenager accused of murdering another teen during a melee in a Dublin park.

The accused, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Azzam Raguragui (18) at Finsbury Park, Dundrum, Dublin 14 on May 10, 2019.

The trial has heard that a fight erupted between two groups of teens following a row about a stolen bike. During the melee the accused stabbed Mr Raguragui causing his death.

The jury ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Uncle accused of abuse used kitten ruse, complainant tells trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man accused of abusing his two nieces told one of the girls he had kittens to show her before bringing her into a woodland area and telling her she could touch his penis, a trial has heard.

The 62-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies molesting one niece from when she eight years old and up to the age of 12. He also denies molesting the younger sister when she was aged between five and seven.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to ten counts of indecently assaulting one niece at his ….read more

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