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Teen threatened to 'shank' friend of witness, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A teenage boy told a party-goer at the house where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered that he would “shank” him, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

The jury also heard today that Cameron said he did not want to be fighting and that “everything was going to be OK” moments after he was stabbed in the neck.

The 12 jurors have been told that the events of this case related to “a tragic situation” where Cameron, a chemical engineering student at Cork Institute of technology (CIT), died at Cork University Hospital (CUH) last year after being ….read more

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Murder trial witness denies evidence of second blow 'completely made up'

Central Criminal Court

A 20-year-old man was hit twice in the head with a baseball bat, including once while he was prone on the ground,
a murder trial witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

However, witness Alannah Piercy disagreed with counsel for the accused man Zoltan Almasi that her evidence of a second strike was “completely made up”.

Ms Piercy was today giving evidence in the trial of Mr Almasi, a Serbian-born man living in Kildare, who is accused of murdering Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Dunne in Kildare in May 2014.

Mr Almasi (49) of Harbour View, Naas, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court ….read more

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Girl tells family abuse trial she might be mistaken about grandmother

Central Criminal Court

A 12-year-old girl has told a trial that she might have made a mistake when she told gardai about her grandmother and another woman sexually abusing her.

The girl gave evidence during cross-examination that she might have made a mistake by saying that the 32-year-old accused woman touched her privates.

The girl later said that she might have made the same mistake about her grandmother and thinking back she did not remember her grandmother doing anything.

The seven accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, include the parents, grandmother and aunts and uncles of the three main child complainants. The accused ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Suspended sentence for man with mental disorder who threatened partner with knife

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Stephen Bourke

A father-of-two who threatened his partner with a knife in their home and was apprehended by an off-duty garda has received a fully suspended sentence.

Franck Lamour (53) was diagnosed with bi-polar depression approximately 15 years ago and was unable to access the medication he had been taking during the Covid-19 lockdown last April, the court heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that this was an isolated incident which stemmed from Lamour’s mental disorder and the restrictions on his life caused by the global pandemic.

Lamour of Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, pleaded guilty to production of a knife ….read more

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Special Criminal Court rejects argument that it has no jurisdiction to hear Lunney trial

Special Criminal Court

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

The Special Criminal Court has rejected arguments that it has no jurisdiction to hear the trial of four men accused of causing serious harm to Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

Michael O’Higgins SC, for one of the four accused, said the court has become a “permanent and perpetual” structure that is not permitted by the legislation that brought it into existence. He said the democratic process “has been rescinded and replaced by an ad hoc expansion” whereby the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), a civil servant, decides who should be tried before the three-judge, ….read more

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Teen was holding knife outside house where Cameron Blair was murdered, witness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A teenage accused was holding a knife during an argument outside a house party in Cork city where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court. 

A girl who came out of the house and told the group of three boys who were gathered there to leave was punched by one of the group, who then laughed, the jury also heard today.

Under cross-examination today Dave Sheehan, who described himself as one of Cameron’s best friends, told the accused’s defence barrister that he had seen the knife “with my eyes”, when it was suggested to ….read more

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