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Accused told Azzam: 'you don't remember who stabbed you', witness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A teen who admits stabbing but denies murdering an 18-year-old during a melee in a Dublin park told the deceased “you don’t remember who stabbed you” before running away, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

The teenage witness, giving evidence by video link, told James Dwyer SC for the prosecution that there was “chaos” with “everyone just fighting each other” but the melee suddenly stopped when someone shouted “knife”.

He said he then saw the deceased Azzam Raguragui (18) running up a hill with the accused behind him holding a knife in his right hand. He said Azzam slipped ….read more

Garda stock

Garda attack accused said he drove off because he was uninsured

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The driver of a car which reversed at speed, dragging a garda along with it, told officers after his arrest that he drove off because he had no insurance.

Garda Conor Murray has told the trial of Jonathan Coelho (29) 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.

On day three of their trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury heard evidence of garda interviews with the two men.

The jury has heard the car was stopped at red ….read more

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18-year-old recited Muslim prayer as he lay dying, witness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

An 18-year-old recited a Muslim prayer for the dying after he had been stabbed in a Dublin park by another teenager, a murder trial has heard.

The deceased’s friend today gave evidence in the trial of a 17-year-old who has admitted killing but pleaded not guilty to the murder of Azzam Raguragui (18) during a melee among teenagers in Finsbury Park in Dundrum on May 10 last year.

The witness told prosecution counsel, James Dwyer SC, that after witnessing Azzam Raguragui being stabbed multiple times he phoned an ambulance and used his shirt in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

He could ….read more

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Wife tells trial murder accused said: 'what am I after doing to that boy'

Central Criminal Court

A murder accused asked his wife “what am I after doing to that boy as he was my friend” the day after he allegedly stabbed a Limerick man to death in a pub, his trial has heard.

Karen Crawford said her husband had “staggered” down the lane towards her car with “blood dripping from his hands” on the night of the incident and was “really upset”. She testified that he told her that he “needed to get his head straight” before he handed himself into the gardai.

Mrs Crawford was giving evidence today in the Central Criminal Court trial of Mark ….read more

Yusuf Ali Abdi

Father's conviction for murder of infant son declared a miscarriage of justice

Central Criminal Court

(File Picture: Mr Yusif Ali Abdi. Credit: Collins)

The conviction of a father who spent 16 years in jail for the murder of his infant son has been declared a miscarriage of justice.

Yusif Ali Abdi, who was subsequently found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, has been given leave to seek compensation from the State after a Miscarriage of Justice application was today granted by the Central Criminal Court.

In December of last year Somali refugee Yusif Ali Abdi was committed to the Central Mental Hospital, having been found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of his ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Blood 'flowing' from stabbing victim, barman tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A barman has told a trial that he saw a murder accused “strike” the deceased in the neck but it was not until after the defendant left the pub that he saw the “horror” done.

The witness also told the jury that blood was “flowing away” from the deceased man as he lay on his side in the Limerick bar.

Cyril O’Connor was giving evidence 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.

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

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