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Mother breaks down in court as witness describes son's final moments

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Trial judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

The mother of a teenager who was stabbed to death during a melee in a Dublin park broke down at the Central Criminal Court after hearing a witness describe her son’s final moments.

The witness was telling prosecution counsel, James Dwyer SC, that he ran to his friend Azzam Raguragui after Mr Raguragui had been stabbed during the fight. He said: “I was telling Azzam he was going to make it and he was telling me he was going to die.”

At that moment, the deceased’s mother began to scream and cry loudly ….read more

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Murder accused told gardai he stabbed friend in row over cocaine cash

Central Criminal Court

A murder accused told gardai that he stabbed his friend in a pub after the deceased man insisted he was owed €100 for cocaine, a trial has heard.

The defendant said a flick-knife was given to him by another person in the Limerick bar over not “being from that side” of the city and said the worst thing he did was take the weapon.

The jury was listening to garda interviews today in the Central Criminal Court trial of Mark Crawford (43), who is charged with murdering Patrick ‘Pa’ O’Connor (24) in Limerick city over two years ago. ….read more

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Closing speeches in garda assault trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson and Declan Brennan

Closing stages have been reached in the trial of two occupants of a car accused of assaulting a garda who was hanging out of the passenger window as the vehicle reversed at speed.

Garda Conor Murray has told the trial of Jonathan Coelho (29), the driver, and Federico Carvalho (31), who was a passenger in the car, that the two men repeatedly struck him as he struggled to prevent himself being thrown out of the car.

Mr Coelho, of Duleek, Co Meath and Mr Carvalho, of Blessington Street, Dublin have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal ….read more

Margaret Bolster

Pub-goer died from stab wounds to heart and jugular

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Margaret Bolster. Credit: Collins)

A 24-year-old man sustained six stab wounds in a Limerick pub including two fatal ones to his heart and jugular vein, a murder trial has heard.

Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, today gave evidence in the Central Criminal Court trial of Mark Crawford (43), who is charged with murdering Patrick ‘Pa’ O’Connor in Limerick city over two years ago.

The expert witness said the deceased’s cause of death was haemorrhage or bleeding shock due to stab wounds to the thorax and neck.

Mr Crawford, with an address at Quarry Road, Thomondgate, Co ….read more

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Interim examiner appointed to Cara Pharmacy group

High Court

The High Court has appointed an interim examiner to the Cara group of pharmacies, which employs over 160 people, despite the opposition of its directors.

The group’s directors are former RTE’s Dragon Den presenter Ramona Nicholas and her husband Canice Nicholas, who had opposed the application.

The application for the examiner’s appointment was sought by Elm Corporate Credit DAC, which is the group’s lender and is its largest creditor.

Rossa Fanning SC, for Elm, told the High Court on Friday that the group had been loss-making every year since 2016 and was insolvent. The best course of action to save the business and ….read more

Justice Tony Hunt

Notorious on-the-run UK conwoman is refused bail

High Court

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

A notorious on-the-run conwoman, who is the daughter of a wealthy property tycoon and who is wanted in the UK for fleeing her trial, will remain in custody here while her extradition case moves through the courts.

Farah Damji (53), who submitted that she has been working as an artist in Ireland, had earlier this week applied for bail while she awaits the hearing of extradition proceedings brought against her by the UK.

However, High Court judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said this morning that if he were to ignore Ms Damji’s high risk of ….read more

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