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Credibility issues in children's evidence, defence tell Munster Abuse trial jury

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of extended family members accused of child abuse have been asked to focus on the credibility of the children’s evidence, with a defence barrister suggesting that the case against the children’s aunt is “not rock solid”.

Anthony Sammon SC, defending the children’s aunt, told the jury at the Central Criminal Court that they should focus on evidence given during the trial of the one of the foster mother’s diary entries.

Mr Sammon told the jury that his client was facing three charges of sexual assault against the girl and the youngest boy in the case and this ….read more

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Criminal jailed for throwing petrol bomb at home while couple slept inside

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A criminal who threw a petrol bomb at a family home while its occupants were asleep has been jailed for five years.

Patrick Paget (33) was one of two men who threw petrol bombs at the house. One of the bombs ignited outside the property, while the other went into the house but did not ignite.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that gardaí have not established a motive for the incident on the night.

Paget of Aylwald Green, Finglas, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and endangerment at Ashlawn Park, Ballybrack, Co Dublin, on August 3, 2020.

He has 179 previous convictions, including convictions for ….read more

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'Horrific': Paramedic tells trial Nadine Lott scene will 'haunt him' for rest of career

Central Criminal Court

A paramedic has told a murder trial that the emergency call he made to Nadine Lott’s house will “haunt” him for the rest of his career and was one of the most “horrendous scenes” he had ever walked into in his life.

The witness told the Central Criminal Court today that it was like “a bulldozer” had gone through the beauty therapist’s apartment in Arklow as there was “broken furniture” everywhere. He described kneeling on broken glass and said his uniform was “destroyed” with blood as he performed CPR on Ms Lott.

Nurse Leah Grant, who works in the intensive ….read more

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Lunney accused replied 'no comment' in inference interviews

Special Criminal Court

One of the four men accused of abducting and assaulting Kevin Lunney replied “no comment” when asked by gardai to account for being captured driving a van in which blood matching that of the Quinn Industrial Holdings director was later found.

The question was put to the man in interviews where a court can draw inferences from an accused person’s failure or refusal to answer relevant questions, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The man also denied to gardai that he was the one who cut the businessman with a Stanley knife and broke his leg with two blows of a ….read more

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Gunpoint mugger is jailed for robbing shop three months after release

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A Dublin father of three has been jailed for robbing a convenience store with a knife just three months after he was released from a sentence for mugging a Trinity College student at gunpoint.

Diarmuid Molloy (41), with an address at Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to robbing a Centra on Charlemont Street on November 23, 2020, and two counts of stealing beer from the shop earlier that day.

He has 73 previous convictions, 19 of them for theft.

Garda Martin Doolan told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that Molloy was identified on CCTV as a man who had walked out ….read more

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'Oh my god, what the f**k is going on?': murder accused made 'growling noise' as he hit Nadine Lott like 'wild animal', trial hears

Central Criminal Court

An eyewitness told gardai that murder accused Daniel Murtagh made a “growling noise” and was “vicious with rage” as he inflicted blows on his ex-partner Nadine Lott “like a wild animal”, a jury has heard.

The witness told the court today of finding Mr Murtagh “in a crouched position” on top of Ms Lott, where he was “inflicting a lot of force” on the beauty therapist and had his hands around her neck and shoulders.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, for the accused man, Amela Kulenovic agreed that she had told gardai in her statement that Mr Murtagh ….read more

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