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DNA matching that of both Kevin Lunney and accused found in van, trial told

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Darren Redmond. Photo: Collins)

A scientist found DNA matching that of Kevin Lunney in the same van where he found DNA matching one of the men accused of abducting and torturing the Quinn Industrial Holdings director, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Dr Edward Connolly of Forensic Science Ireland told Sean Guerin SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, that on 31 October 2019 he attended the examination of a Renault Kangoo van that the prosecution alleges three of the accused used to travel to and from Cavan on the day of the abduction.

Dr Connolly switched off all ….read more

Oberstown

Teen who punched girl and threatened others at Cameron Blair murder scene is sentenced

Central Criminal Court

A teenage boy who punched a girl and threatened others with a butter knife outside a house party where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered has been sentenced to two years detention and two years supervision in his community.

Sentencing the now 16-year-old accused, who cannot be named because he is a minor, at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice David Keane said the boy “deliberately armed” himself with a butter knife and “deliberately threatened” others at the party that night.

“His threats were calculated and deliberate,” he added.

The judge said the actions by the juvenile, who today ….read more

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Blood suggests Nadine Lott subject to 'sustained assault' while on floor, scientist tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A forensic scientist had told a murder trial that the amount of blood splatter found in the kitchen of Nadine Lott’s apartment suggested there had been a “sustained assault” on her when she was lying on the floor there.

Opening the trial of Daniel Murtagh, prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC said Ms Lott suffered “severe blunt force trauma” and stab injuries at the hands of her former partner “in a sustained attack” in her Arklow home.

The barrister said the court will hear evidence that the injuries to Ms Lott were so serious that she never regained consciousness and died three ….read more

Aidan Donnelly

Blair family say violent knife crime 'has to stop'

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Cameron Blair’s uncle Mr Aidan Donnelly. Photo: Collins)

The family of murdered student Cameron Blair have said that violent knife crime “has to stop”. “Whose family will be next to get the dreaded phone call?”, Cameron’s uncle Aidan Donnelly asked while reading a statement on behalf of the Blair family outside the Criminal Courts of Justice today (Friday).

“As a parent you pray each night your child goes out that no harm will come to them and that they return home safely. We also hope and pray that they do not cross paths with people who arm themselves with knives and ….read more

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Eight years for killing vulnerable pensioner by setting fire to home

Central Criminal Court

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for killing a vulnerable pensioner by setting fire to his home five years ago.

Aaron McDonagh (21), of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 61-year-old Gerry Marron on March 21, 2016. He was 16 at the time.

McDonagh, who has a learning disability, also pleaded guilty to committing arson on the same date by setting fire to Mr Marron’s house at St Macartan’s Villas, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, intending to damage it or being reckless as to whether it would be damaged and intending to endanger another’s life or being ….read more

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Short term gain for money mules leads to 'very long term consequences', judge warns

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A judge presiding in the case of a student who recklessly allowed his bank account to be used for the transfer of fraudulently obtained funds has said that the very short term gain involved in this offending leads to “very long term consequences”.

Judge Melanie Greally was presiding over the case of Peredigha Amasuomo (21) when she said she hopes it is highlighted that this offending leaves you with a very significant conviction on your record at a very young age and that this is a “very significant impediment”.

Amasuomo with an address at Griffth Halls of Residence, Griffth College, Dublin 8, ….read more

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