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Man who disrupted dissident murder investigation should not be jailed, defence say

Special Criminal Court

Lawyers for a man who had arranged to meet dissident republican Peter Butterly at the scene of his “execution-type” murder and was found guilty of disrupting the Garda investigation have argued that he should not be jailed.

Ray Kennedy (41) of Whitestown Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by destroying a mobile phone SIM card on March 6, 2013, an item the State has said “would have been of very significant evidential value” to the murder investigation.

It was Kennedy’s second trial in connection with the murder. In December 2019, after a 36-day trial, the ….read more

Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty says hospital's action 'outrageous'

High Court

(Pictured: Gemma O’Doherty. Credit: Collins)

Gemma O’Doherty has opposed what she says is a “spurious and outrageous” application by Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital for an injunction requiring her to remove several allegedly defamatory videos posted on the internet.

Seeking the High Court injunction, both the hospital and its Director of Nursing Ms Marie Murray claim that the videos contain allegations that staff are being “forced” to take what Ms O’Doherty says are “experimental Covid 19 injections” which, she alleges, have killed thousands of people.

The plaintiffs also claim that in the videos, Ms O’Doherty describes the hospital as “a death camp” and makes other ….read more

Croke Park Courtroom

Neighbour tells Munster abuse trial she heard children falling down stairs

Central Criminal Court

A neighbour has told a child abuse trial that she heard “screaming, roaring and crying” from the children at all hours and heard the children falling down the stairs “several times”.

The woman was giving evidence in the trial of six extended family members accused of abusing three children between 2014 and 2016.

The accused are the parents, aunts and uncles of the children. The parents are also accused of neglecting five of their children. All of the accused have denied the charges against them.

Today a woman who was living next door to the parents at the time of the alleged offences ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Cobwebs and dust found on baseball bat, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a truck driver, who killed a 20-year-old man with a baseball bat, has heard that cobwebs and dust were found on the bat when it was examined afterwards.

The jury heard the detail during the re-examination of the accused, who spent several days in the witness box as part of the defence case.

Zoltan Almasi (49), a Serbian man with an address at Harbour View, Naas, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Kildare man Joseph Dunne, but guilty to his manslaughter at Harbour View on May 16 2014.

The Central Criminal Court trial has heard that Mr Dunne died after ….read more

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Fake document 'distribution network' for illegal immigrants made hundreds of thousands

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two Georgian nationals who made hundreds of thousands of euro by acting as a network that provided illegal immigrants with false documentation in order to enter here have been sentenced.

Vakjtang Jokhadze (48) and Sophia Grdzelishili (46), who are legally divorced but reside together, acted as a “distribution network” to provide Georgian nationals with fake driving licences and identification cards from EU countries.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that they received orders for false documents which would be passed on to someone who would create them. The accused would then post the false documents to their customers in various European countries.

The court ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Mulready-Woods murder accused served with non-jury court trial notice

Special Criminal Court

Two men charged with murdering 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods in Drogheda have been served with a notice that their trials will go ahead in the Special Criminal Court.

Paul Crosby (25) of Rathmullan Park, Drogheda, Co Louth and Gerard Cruise (47), with addresses in Dublin 1 and Rathmullan Park, are charged with the teen’s murder at a house in Rathmullan Park on 12 or 13 January, 2020.

Both men appeared briefly at the Special Criminal Court this morning, where a garda formally served them with papers showing the State’s intention to try them at the three-judge, non-jury court.

Mr Crosby is in custody while ….read more

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