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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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Munster Abuse trial jury must root judgement in facts not emotion, judge says

Central Criminal Court

The judge in the trial of extended family members accused of child abuse has told the jury that, despite hearing evidence of the most disturbing kind, their judgement could not be rooted in emotion but had to be rooted in the facts of the case.

The eight-week trial of five family members reached its closing stages today as Mr Justice Paul McDermott began his charge to the jury.

The five family members, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of abusing three children between 2014 and 2016. The accused are the parents, aunt and uncles of the children. They range ….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

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RTE asks High Court to strike out politician's damages claim

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Joe Costello. Photo: Collins)

RTE has asked the High Court to strike out a damages claim brought against it by Labour politician Joe Costello over its defence in a defamation action on the grounds that it is bound to fail.

The veteran politician’s action, which is against the national broadcaster as well as the State, arises out of RTE’s defence of a defamation action brought against it by Sinn Fein activist Nicky Kehoe over comments made on the Saturday with Claire Byrne radio broadcast in October, 2015.

In 2018 Mr Kehoe, who claimed he was defamed in the broadcast, ….read more

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'Sick sexual abuser' (75) jailed for rape of partner's daughter

Central Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean & Stephen Bourke

A 75-year-old man described as a “sick sexual abuser” has been jailed for nine years after being convicted of orally raping and sexually assaulting his partner’s daughter in the late 1990s.

Christopher Ashmore (75) with an address at Cois Coille, Ballyfarnon, Co Roscommon, had pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexually assaulting the girl, which included two charges of oral rape, at two different locations in Dublin on dates between January 1998 and December 1999.

The jury found him guilty on four of the charges.

The victim waived her right to anonymity today so that Ashmore could ….read more

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