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Jury finds teen not guilty of murdering Azzam Raguragui

Central Criminal Court

A teenager has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for the killing of a fellow teen during a melee in a Dublin park.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the start of the trial but his plea was rejected by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

His victim, Azzam Raguragui (18), died after suffering five stab wounds during a melee in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, Dublin 14 on May 10, 2019. The trial heard that one of the wounds severed an artery and caused massive blood loss which led ….read more

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Woman deemed fit to stand trial over Foxrock murder

Central Criminal Court

A 51-year-old woman with schizophrenia has been deemed fit to stand trial on a charge of murdering a man in Foxrock two years ago.

Grace Miano, originally from Kenya but with an address at Tudor Lawns in Foxrock, is charged with murdering Malawian national Limbani “Robert” Mzoma (27) on November 1, 2018 at her home.

Ms Miano was deemed unfit to plead last year but today Mr Justice Paul McDermott at the Central Criminal Court, having heard evidence of improvements in her condition from consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Ronan Mullaney, said that she is now fit to stand trial.

The judge said ….read more

Oberstown

Teen fails in appeal against separation measures after 'stand-off' with detention staff

Court of Appeal

The Court of appeal has dismissed proceedings brought by a boy detained at Oberstown Children Detention Centre over being subjected to a “separation” period following an incident involving an eight hour “stand-off” between detainees and staff.

Last year the High Court had ruled that the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was not entitled to various court orders after he claimed he was subject to an ‘ad-hoc’ punishment regime following incidents that occurred at Oberstown in 2018.

The teen, had brought judicial review proceedings challenging the decision to separate him from other detainees on grounds including he was ….read more

Jennifer Berry

Father gets more jail for rape of daughter

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Ms Jennifer Berry. Credit: Collins)

by Seán McCárthaigh

A father serving a ten-year prison sentence for raping his teenage daughter over a 12-year period, including throughout her pregnancy, will spend another three years behind bars after the Court of Appeal ruled the original punishment was too lenient.

Lawyers for the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the ten-year jail term imposed on Oliver Berry (63) of Newtown Lawns, Mullingar, Co Westmeath by the Central Criminal Court in November 2018 after a jury convicted him of 105 counts of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Jennifer (45), who waived her right to anonymity ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Suspended sentence for 'life-changing' one-punch attack too lenient

Court of Appeal

by Seán McCárthaigh

A man who left a soldier with life-changing injuries following a one-punch attack outside a nightclub will be sent to prison after his original suspended sentence was successfully appealed by the Director of Public prosecutions on the grounds of undue leniency.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the sentencing judge had erred in fully suspending a four-year sentence imposed at Galway Circuit Criminal Court on Cian Cox (26), originally from Breaffy, Co Mayo with an address at Close Ard, Bohermore, Galway, last November after he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to David McCormack, a member of the Defence ….read more

Ryanair Head Office

Ruling next month in Ryanair's challenge to Covid travel measures

High Court

The High Court will rule early next month on Ryanair’s challenge against travel measures introduced by the government in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In its action, Ryanair claims that the measures, which the airline says amount to “international travel restrictions”, are unlawful and amount to a disproportionate interference of it and its passenger’s rights.

In proceedings against An Taoiseach, Ireland and the Attorney General, the airline seeks various orders and declarations, including one setting aside the measures announced in late July.

The State respondents oppose the action and say that the measures announced are not mandatory but are advisory in nature.

The ….read more

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