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Community service for taxi driver who bit off part of man's ear

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lawrence Doyle. Credit: Collins)

A taxi driver who bit off a portion of a man’s ear in “a vicious and violent assault” must complete 180 hours of community service within 12 months in lieu of a prison term.

Lawrence Doyle (51) was introduced to injured party Christopher Darcy by the barman in a Dublin city centre pub where they both had been drinking, although the victim had recognised Doyle.

Garda Fergus Grant told Maddie Grant BL, prosecuting, that a short time later an altercation broke out between the two men and words were exchanged before Doyle jumped on Mr Darcy and gave ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Jury to begin deliberating in attempted murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury in the trial of a man accused of trying to murder another man by stabbing him 28 times will begin its deliberations this afternoon at the Central Criminal Court.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart has finished charging the jury in the trial of Paul Crosby (23), who has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Gerard Boyle (33) at Knockcommon, Beauparc, Slane, on November 10, 2016.

Mr Crosby, with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, has also pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning and intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Boyle on the same occasion. ….read more

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Hutch walks free as State drops Regency Hotel murder charge

Special Criminal Court

Patrick Hutch has walked free from the Special Criminal Court after charges against him for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin were dropped by the State.

Mr Hutch (26) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on February 5th 2016.

The three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court heard that the shooting took place during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel. A man dressed as a woman and another wearing a flat cap, armed with handguns, followed by three people dressed in ….read more

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Pedestrians had to run for cover during chase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A young Dublin man who caused pedestrians to run for cover when he sped through a village while evading gardaí has had his sentence adjourned for one year.

Sergeant Stephen Byrne revealed that members of the public ran for cover as the car driven by Dean Craig (21) hit a speed ramp and elevated into the air along the busy village main street.

The sergeant told Diana Stuart BL, prosecuting, that he had responded to a call about burglaries in a nearby housing estate and spotted Craig and two other males in a car.

Craig then led gardaí on a high speed chase ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man goes on trial accused of IRA membership

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man has gone on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court accused of membership of the IRA.

Damien Metcalfe, with an address at Monastery Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 24th, 2015.

When asked by the court registrar how he pleaded, Mr Metcalfe refused to answer. Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt asked if the accused had been “struck mute by visitation of God” or if it was an “absence of instruction”.

After speaking with his defence team, ….read more

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Man accused of murdering farmer (90) had marks on hands

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of murdering a 90-year-old retired farmer had injuries that included marks on his hands and bruising to the inside of his thigh, a trial jury has heard.

Ross Outram (28), of Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel in Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Paddy Lyons at Loughleagh, Ballysaggart, Lismore, Co Waterford, at a time unknown between February 23 and 26, 2017.

Giving evidence today, Detective Garda Joe Wyse told prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC that he went to Ballysaggart on February 25 after he was made aware that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding ….read more

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