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Ronan Byrne

Jury clears man of killing mother's partner who had beaten and mistreated him

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ronan Byrne. Photo: Collins)

A jury has acquitted a man of the manslaughter of his mother’s partner, who had physically and verbally abused the accused in the past and who died days after an altercation involving the two men.

The trial heard that defendant Ronan Byrne was afraid of the deceased James Marren and would never hit back or speak up for himself.

Mr Byrne (31) was alleged to have fractured Mr Marren’s leg with a bat during an altercation. A jury heard that days after the man’s leg was put in a cast at a hospital, a blood clot developed ….read more

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Murder accused did not have mental disorder, psychiatrist tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of murdering his daughter’s partner did not have a mental disorder at the time he stabbed him to death and was instead voluntarily intoxicated with drugs, a psychiatrist has told his trial.

A psychiatrist called by the defence however, earlier today told the jury that the accused did not know the nature and quality of the act, did not know it was wrong, and could not refrain from doing it.

Mark Whelan (48), with an address at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Noel Thomas Whelan at his home on 30 March 2019. The ….read more

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Motorbike passenger left with serious brain injury after crash

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who fled the scene after a crash which resulted in his friend sustaining “a very serious head injury” has received a fully suspended sentence.

Anthony Leddy (25) was driving a motorbike with his friend as a passenger when the bike collided with a car shortly after they departed from his home. He fled the scene with his bike, before returning to check on his injured friend.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the passenger, Cian Doherty, ultimately had to have part of his skull removed and has been left with a number of life-long injuries.

Leddy of Cherry Orchard Crescent, Ballyfermot, ….read more

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Former INLA terrorists were on 'frolic of their own', defence tell Mansfield trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: Collins)

Former INLA terrorist Dessie O’Hare and killer Declan ‘Whacker’ Duffy were on a “frolic of their own” when they abducted one of Jim Mansfield Jnr’s employees, a barrister has told the businessman’s trial.

Bernard Condon SC, for Mr Mansfield, told the Special Criminal Court that the prosecution’s case had not reached the threshold for them to even consider a verdict. There is, he said, insufficient evidence that his client knew of the plot to abduct Martin Byrne.

Mr Mansfield Jnr (54), of Tasaggart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring ….read more

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Burns, bruising observed on body of girl (9), cruelty trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The trial of a Dublin couple accused of child cruelty and causing serious harm to their child has heard that medical staff observed burns and bruising on the girl’s body.

The 39-year-old man and 36-year-old woman, who are from north Africa, told paramedics that their nine-year-old daughter had slipped in the shower a few hours before they rang 999. Witnesses told the trial today that after the child was hospitalised, both parents stated that they had not previously seen the injuries on her body.

The couple, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, have pleaded not guilty to ….read more

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Murder accused qualifies for insanity verdict, psychiatrist tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A man who became convinced that a woman he was having an affair with was an undercover intelligence agent sent to poison him was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he stabbed her to death, a psychiatrist told his murder trial today.

Dr Ronan Mullaney, of the Central Mental Hospital, said Valerijs Leitons was suffering from an acute psychotic disorder at the time of the offence and qualified for a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The consultant forensic psychiatrist disagreed with his colleague Dr Damian Smith, who last week told the trial that the accused was suffering with a ….read more

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