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Paula Farrell

Murder accused takes to stand and tells jury she didn't intend to kill partner

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A 46-year-old woman accused of murdering her partner in her Drogheda home has told her trial that she did not intend to kill him and “just wanted to hurt him as he hurt me”.

The mother-of-three cried in the stand as she told the jury that she was “very sorry” for her actions and she missed her boyfriend “so much”.

Paula Farrell told the jury that she “stuck a knife” twice in her partner after he had strangled and head-butted her.

The Central Criminal Court jury also heard that the accused woman began to drink heavily when ….read more

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Man who beat neighbour to death with crowbar is committed to CMH

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old man who beat his neighbour to death with a crowbar after breaking into his Sligo home has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital, having been found not guilty of his murder by reason of insanity.

Richard McLaughlin, with an address at The Laurels, Woodtown Lodge, Sligo was last week found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of Jimmy ‘James’ Loughlin (20) at Connolly Street in Sligo on February 24, 2018.

The court heard that Mr McLaughlin broke down the door of Mr Loughlin’s home during the day and beat him to death with a crowbar ….read more

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Man avoids jail after agreeing to comply with court orders over property

High Court

A Co Wexford man has avoided being sent to jail after he agreed before the High Court to comply with orders not to interfere with a property in receivership.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds had previously warned Mr Arthur O’Neill that, unless he abided with orders regarding a property located at Askinvillar Upper, Kiltealy, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, she would have no option other than send him to jail for contempt.

Receiver Mr Ken Fennell brought proceedings against Mr O’Neill, claiming that he was in contempt of an injunction granted last March restraining Mr O’Neill from entering or from interfering with the ….read more

Kevin Hannaway

Group including "hooded man" appeal convictions over "IRA inquiry"

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Kevin Hannaway. Credit: Collins)

A number of people jailed for their roles in an IRA “inquiry” of suspected informants have brought appeals against their convictions.

The group was convicted last year of helping the IRA carry out interrogations of other members following a series of operations that were foiled by gardai. The IRA’s Dublin and Belfast brigades wanted to know who was responsible for leaking information and a number of men were brought to a house in Castleknock in Dublin to interrogate them.

The gardaí, however, had set up listening devices at the house and used recordings of the interrogations ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Uncle's conviction for raping niece (14) is upheld

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man jailed for twice raping his 14-year-old niece has lost an appeal against his conviction, during which his lawyers cross-examined the victim on her past sexual history.

The 50-year-old married man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of raping his niece between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013.

He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to nine years imprisonment with the final year suspended by Mr Justice Paul McDermott on July 31, 2017.

Upholding his conviction today, President of the Court of Appeal Mr ….read more

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Solar power company gets injunction stopping wind-up petition

High Court

A company involved in the renewable energy sector has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing another firm bringing a petition to have it wound-up over a disputed €1.2m debt.

The interim injunction was granted in favour of Welink Investment Holdings Ireland Ltd, against Sustainable Development Capital LLP.

Seeking the orders Stephen Dowling BL, for Welink, said his client is a part of a group of companies involved in the solar power industry and has 87 employees.

There was a dispute with the defendant, which invests in renewable energy projects, over a purported debt of €1.2m which counsel said is “vigorously ….read more

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