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Deceased 'hit the jackpot' with €2.5k win using found €2 coin, witness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A witness has told a murder trial that two days before he died, his friend said he “hit the jackpot” by winning over €2,500 at a casino using a €2 coin he had found.

Marian Dumitru also told the Central Criminal court today that his friend, Romanian national Ioan Artene Bob, was drunk and had asked him for a knife on the night before he was found badly beaten in a Dublin park.

Mr Bob (49), a construction worker, was found in a park in Tallaght, Dublin 24, on the morning of April 13, 2018 and later died in hospital due ….read more

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10 years for bloodied killer who walked into garda station

Central Criminal Court

A man who was wearing blood-stained clothes and carrying a knife when he walked into a garda station and admitted to stabbing a fisherman 40 times after a row over missing crack cocaine has been jailed for ten years for manslaughter.

As trial judge Ms Justice Carmel Stewart was expressing her condolences to Stephen “Apples” Kavanagh’s family today, the deceased’s sister Kim Kavanagh stood up and held a framed picture of her brother to the courtroom, saying: “That’s my brother who was hacked to death 40 times and had his throat cut by him.”

The judge went on to explain to ….read more


Hearing to determine losses due to publicans in FBD Covid disruption case

High Court

The hearing to determine what level of losses are due to four publicans, who won test actions over FBD’s failure to pay out on business disruption claims caused by Covid-19, has opened before the High Court.

The actions have been taken by Dublin bars Aberken, trading as Sinnott’s Bar; Hyper Trust Ltd, trading as ‘The Leopardstown Inn’ and Inn on Hibernian Way Ltd trading as ‘Lemon & Duke’ in Dublin.

Leinster Overview Concepts Ltd, which is the owner of Sean’s Bar based in Athlone, Co Westmeath, is the fourth plaintiff.

In his decision earlier this year, the outcome of which affects claims made ….read more

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Pete Taylor tells murder trial he was within 'touching distance' of gunman

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Mr Pete Taylor. Credit: Collins)

Boxing trainer Pete Taylor was “within touching distance” of a gunman when he was shot, spun 180 degrees and fell to the floor where he lay unable to move due to the pain, he has told the trial of a man accused of murder and his attempted murder.

Mr Taylor told the Central Criminal Court this morning that he felt one bullet “whizz” past his head as he ran towards the gunman who was standing in the doorway of the gym where Mr Taylor was taking an early morning fitness class.

He also revealed that he ….read more

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Trial of woman accused of murdering toddler postponed for second time

Central Criminal Court

A woman accused of murdering a two-year-old child in the south of the country has had her trial date put back for a second time.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had originally been due to go on trial last February charged with murdering the child on July 5, 2019.

The case was then postponed to September due to Covid restrictions and today Mr Justice Michael White said he does not think he will have enough judges to allow the trial to go ahead in September. He set a new date of April 25, 2022 for the trial, ….read more

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UK man wanted on alleged terror and child abuse material charges appears in court flanked by riot officers

High Court

A man wanted in the UK to stand trial on alleged terrorism and child pornography offences appeared before the High Court this afternoon flanked by prison officers in riot gear.

The arrest warrant for London native Mark Nolan (36) also states that Nazi related materials were uncovered during a search of his address.

Mr Nolan appeared at a sitting of the court today in front of Mr Justice Paul Burns. He is wanted by UK authorities on eight terrorism charges and four child pornography charges that it is alleged relate to 250,000 indecent images stored on a laptop.

Four prison officers in ….read more

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