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Son admits beheading mother and is jailed for life

Central Criminal Court

A 35-year-old man who decapitated his mother in her Louth home has been jailed for life after he pleaded guilty to murder this morning.

Tomasz Krzysztof Piotrowski, who had previously lied to psychiatrists in an attempt to get a diagnosis of schizophrenia and a lesser sentence, was arraigned before and sentenced by the Central Criminal Court less than a week after he was deemed fit to stand trial.

Mr Justice Michael White noted the case was the second in a matter of months where long-term drug addiction had led to a drug-induced psychosis that resulted in “the most horrific of tragedies”.

The ….read more


€7.5m settlement approved for boy who suffered serious injuries at birth

High Court

The High Court has approved a €7.5m settlement in a medical negligence action brought on behalf of a teenage boy who had sued the HSE over the management of his birth.

17-year-old Kyle Corcoran, who has cerebral palsy and requires permanent care, brought High Court proceedings against the HSE claiming it had been negligent at the time of his birth at St Luke’s General Kilkenny Hospital on June 4th, 2003.

The action was brought by Kyle’s behalf by his mother Amy Corcoran of Fr Byrne Park, Craiguecullen in Co Carlow. The claims were denied and the settlement was made without an admission ….read more

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Banned driver put lives in danger in city centre chase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A judge has jailed a banned driver who drove a car at speed through red lights and on the wrong side of the road in the city centre.

Garda Gavin Keenan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he did not know what caused Leon Griffin (30) to suddenly pull out of traffic and begin a six minute high speed chase across the city.

Griffin’s defence barrister Keith Spencer BL told the court that Griffin reacted when he saw Gda Keenan in a patrol car because he was driving the car while under a five-year driving ban.

Judge Martin Nolan commented that Griffin must ….read more

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Couple seek damages after alleged unnecessary termination

High Court

The High Court has fixed a date in June for the hearing of damages actions brought by a couple who allege they went through an unnecessary termination after being told their unborn child had a fatal foetal abnormality.

The couple, seeking damages, have sued various parties including the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at Holles Street and a private clinic, Merrion Fetal Health, which is run by five consultant obstetrician gynaecologists.

The defendants deny any wrongdoing and the case is expected to take several days to hear.

The proceedings were briefly mentioned before the High Court this week, when it made orders allowing a ….read more

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Man admits to crime cash laundering offences

Special Criminal Court

A 32-year-old man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court today to two crime cash laundering offences.

Sean Ruth, of Anamcara, Warrington Lane, Co Kilkenny, was originally charged before the non-jury court with eight offences under the act. The offences all occurred within the State between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016, both dates inclusive.

Arraigned on the charges before the three-judge court today, Ruth pleaded guilty to two counts on the indictment.

Ruth admitted to concealing or disguising the true nature or source of money credited to Allied Irish Bank account, in the name of Sean Ruth, ….read more

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'Completely incompetent' raider pulled down hood when asked

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A judge has said that a firearm used during a failed robbery was likely an imitation given the “sheer incompetence” displayed by the raider.

Dubliner Derek Ennis (41) pulled his hood down when asked by an employee of a bookmakers just before an attempted robbery, during which he failed to steal any money, and was “easily identifiable” on CCTV footage as a result.

Ennis of Strandmill Road, Portmarnock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery at Paddy Power, Seafort Avenue, Sandymount, south Dublin on February 26, 2020.

He has six previous convictions for robbery. His other previous convictions include theft, ….read more

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