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Man admits to laundering crime cash

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man has pleaded guilty today at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to laundering €62K in crime cash.

James Walsh (37) and his former partner have been charged with a total of 44 money laundering offences, which include using crime cash for a deposit on a house.

Walsh of Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, is also charged with stashing €19k in a wardrobe at his home.

Today at the Special Criminal Court, Walsh pleaded guilty to knowing or believing, or being reckless as to whether property, to wit: cash to the value of €62,000 was the proceeds of criminal conduct, did possess, ….read more

Aaron Brady

DPP concerned about Aaron Brady trial materials published online

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is concerned that a campaign on behalf of Aaron Brady, who murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, has released transcripts and other trial materials on social media along with “dubious” commentary that could be a contempt of court.

At a brief hearing in the Court of Appeal today, Brendan Grehan SC for the DPP asked the court to make an order that transcripts released for Brady’s upcoming appeal should not be used for any other purpose.

Mr Grehan said the DPP is anxious that the transcripts be released to Brady’s legal team ….read more

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'Hamlet without the prince': Judge satisfied that convicted rapist does not have jurors' names

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A convicted rapist has been excluded from court for the rest of his trial on charges of making death threats against barristers.

Michael Murray (50) has pleaded not guilty to making threats to kill against barristers Dominic McGinn and Tony McGillicuddy, who prosecuted him for rape in 2013.

He has also pleaded not guilty to harassing Mr McGinn by advertising him online as a prostitute, and charges of doing the same to his victim and former defence solicitor.

Moments before the jury was to begin hearing the evidence of the final defence witness yesterday, Murray spoke up from the dock and ….read more

Pete Taylor

Pete Taylor ran towards gunman to protect class, eyewitness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Pete Taylor. Credit: Collins)

Boxing trainer Pete Taylor ran towards a gunman to protect the members of his fitness class as the attacker opened fire, eyewitnesses have told a murder trial jury.

Gym goer Stephen Kearns said Mr Taylor ran towards the gunman in Bray Boxing Club and “put his elbow up” before falling over a bench and dropping to the ground. He said that as Mr Taylor was running, the gunman was “firing” towards the boxing coach.

Ian Britton, who was shot in the hip area during the exercise class organised by Mr Taylor, gave evidence today that he had ….read more

Special Criminal Court

DPP should view garda files where 'belief evidence' used, human rights commission say

Court of Appeal

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the Court of Appeal that the DPP should see the garda files on which ‘belief evidence’ used in the Special Criminal Court is based.

Evidence of the belief of a garda Chief Superintendent that an accused is a member of the IRA is routinely used in membership trials, and privilege can be claimed on the material underlying the belief. This is usually on the grounds of the protection of life and property, the protection of ongoing and future investigations and the security of the State.

However, lawyers for the Commission argued today that ….read more

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Witness who travelled to Ayia Napa when he was due to give evidence will face trial for contempt

High Court

A witness who travelled to Ayia Napa when he was due to give evidence in the trial of a teenager accused of producing a knife at a house party where college student Cameron Blair was murdered, has been arrested and will face trial for contempt of court.

At an out-of-hours sitting of the High Court this evening, Mr Justice David Keane heard that Craig O’Donoghue (20) had been served with a witness order in May, which required him to give evidence at the juvenile’s trial last month. However, Mr O’Donoghue travelled to Ayia Napa at the end of May and was ….read more

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