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Husband's murder trial ends as three jurors cannot attend court

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a husband accused of murdering his wife has been discharged after three jurors contacted the court to indicate they were not in a position to attend.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon said one of the three jurors will probably never be in a position to attend the trial, while the availability of the other two jurors is “unknown” and would not be clear for at least a week.

The 12-juror panel was scheduled to hear closing speeches from the defence and the prosecution in Rafal Karaczyn’s murder trial, after the speeches were rescheduled last Thursday.

Rafal Karaczyn (34), ….read more

Paul McDermott

Coronavirus: jury wish to continue serving in woman's murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

A jury wish to continue serving in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her partner, despite the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott called the 11 jurors in the trial of Paula Farrell into the Central Criminal Court this afternoon and noted that they were “obviously down” the 12th member.

Addressing the 11 jurors, Mr Justice McDermott said he had been informed that their colleague had a head-cold and was not in a position to attend court today out of “an abundance of caution”. The juror has also indicated that ….read more

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Christmas Day house fire accused gets High Court bail

High Court

A man charged in relation to a house fire in Navan, Co Meath last Christmas has been admitted to bail by the High Court.

David Prescott (35), who is required to reside at an address on Gardiner Street, in Dublin, stands charged with one count of burglary and three counts of criminal damage at the Beechmount estate in Navan at around 9am last Christmas morning.

The District Court heard that Mr Prescott made no reply to the criminal damage charges but said “I don’t agree” in response to the burglary charge.

Garda Eoin Farrell told the High Court today that ….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.

Alleged rape victim a 'fantasist', defence tell jury

Central Criminal Court

A defence barrister has told the trial of three young men who allegedly raped a woman and left her in the middle of nowhere that the alleged victim is a “fantasist” and “a person who does not value the truth”.

The three accused, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping a woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The trial has heard that the then 18-year-old woman was allegedly driven to Dollymount Strand, raped by three men in turn and ….read more

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Jury deliberating in trial of creche worker accused of abusing girls

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a child care worker accused of sexually assaulting four young girls.

The 29-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of sexually assaulting four girls at a Leinster crèche on dates between August 2014 and December 2016, when they were aged between five and eight years old.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in various locations within the crèche and on the crèche bus.

Shortly after lunchtime on Wednesday, day 19 of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Elma Sheahan finished her ….read more

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Coronavirus: all non-custody matters at circuit court to be adjourned

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The Criminal Courts of Justice building was quieter than usual today, with only four Dublin Circuit Criminal Court judges, about half the normal number, sitting.

In court five Judge Melanie Greally heard a short list of cases for arraignment and adjourned to June 15 all sentences where defendants are out on bail. These defendants were not present in court, having previously being told not they did not have to attend in light of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Judge Greally finalised the two cases which involved defendants who were in custody and dealt with a handful of other cases listed for mention.

Five cases, including ….read more

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