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Marie Cassidy

Bray Boxing Club victim died from single shot to the head, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Marie Cassidy. Credit: Collins)

Father-of-three Bobby Messett died from a single gunshot wound to the head as he took part in an early morning fitness class at Bray Boxing club, Dr Marie Cassidy has told a murder trial.

The jury also heard from the expert witness that the absence of secondary projectiles around the bullet’s entry hole indicated that there was a distance of a meter or more between the victim and the shooter when the gun was fired.

Retired State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy today gave evidence via video-link from the UK in the Central Criminal Court trial of ….read more

Bray Boxing Club

Sea swimmer tells Bray Boxing Club trial of hearing 'explosion'

Central Criminal Court

A sea swimmer has told the Bray Boxing Club murder trial that she heard “an explosion, like something was being detonated” moments before a man “in a hurry” ran out of the club and “revved” up his van.

Gerard Cervi (34), from the East Wall area of Dublin 3, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Bobby Messett (50) at Pete Taylor’s Bray Boxing Club, Bray Harbour, Bray, Co Wicklow during an early morning fitness session on June 5, 2018. Mr Cervi also denies the attempted murder of Mr Taylor and Ian Britton on the same occasion.

This afternoon, Ms Elizabeth Petcu, ….read more

Croke Park Courtroom

Aunt told gardai she was being 'blamed for things she did not do', Munster abuse trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A woman accused of abusing her niece and nephew said during garda interview that she was being blamed for things she did not do, a trial of six extended family members has heard.

The six family members, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of abusing three children between 2014 and 2016. The accused are the parents, aunts and uncles of the children. They range in ages from 27 to 56 and live in various locations in Munster.

The parents are also accused of neglecting five of their children. All of the accused have denied the charges against them.

Reporting restrictions ….read more

Ben Mooney

'Catfisher' who lured boys into sharing explicit images avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ben McCarthy, formerly Ben Mooney. Credit: Collins)

By Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

A young Dublin man who engaged in “catfishing” to lure teenage boys into sharing explicit images of themselves online has been given a suspended sentence after completing a probation bond.

The court heard that the accused man now known as Ben McCarthy (25), formerly Ben Mooney, changed his name by deed poll to McCarthy since evidence was heard in the case two years ago.

Garda Daniel Tracey told that sentencing hearing in October 2018 that the accused had used the name “Nicole Heffernon” to email and contact teenage boys through ….read more

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Gardai devised 'extremely impressive" new ID method, Lunney trial hears

Special Criminal Court

Gardai used an “extremely impressive” new method when tasked with identifying three of the men accused of abducting and assaulting businessman Kevin Lunney, a defence lawyer has told the Special Criminal Court.

Defence counsel Michael O’Higgins SC said the new method, whereby gardai were separated and shown CCTV footage and stills without any indication of what was being investigated, eliminates the possibility that identification evidence will be contaminated or that gardai will be influenced by their colleagues.

Inspector Stephen Mullen told Mr O’Higgins that he developed the new process. He said a number of gardai, who might have knowledge of the people ….read more

Justice Tony Hunt

Lunney trial judges reject bid to exclude CCTV evidence

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court will admit mobile phone and CCTV evidence gathered by gardai investigating the abduction and assault on businessman Kevin Lunney.

The three-judge court ruled today that the evidence was lawfully gathered by gardai investigating offences that are “at the very top of any definition of serious crime.”

The court rejected arguments made by lawyers for the four men accused of the abduction and assault that the use of mobile phone evidence amounted to mass surveillance and that gardai were using private CCTV systems to operate a “de facto surveillance system.”

A 40-year-old ….read more

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