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Court asks 'where we're at' in Lisa Smith trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Lisa Smith. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has asked lawyers to tell the court “where we’re at” in preparations for the trial of former Irish Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism.

The case was mentioned today at the three-judge, non-jury court but lawyers indicated they had no update for the court. Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, said, “we want to know where we’re at” and put the case in for mention again in November.

Ms Smith (39), from Dundalk, Co Louth is due to go on ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

New charges to be brought against attempted murder accused

Special Criminal Court

New charges will be brought in October against two men who are currently charged with attempting to murder a man who has since died, the Special Criminal Court heard today.

Robert Redmond (32), of Woodview Close, Donaghmede, Dublin 13, and Bernard Fogarty (33), with an address at Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, Coolock, Dublin 5, are both charged with the attempted murder of Barry Wolverson at Madigans Yard, Kileek Lane, Swords, Co Dublin, on January 17, 2020.

Mr Wolverson died on February 21 following a lengthy period in hospital.

Anne Marie Lawlor SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), today asked the court ….read more

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Drugs defendant sobs as judge gives him 'opportunity to turn life around'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A 23-year-old father-of-three caught with deal bags, a weighing scales and over €58,000 worth of cannabis when gardaí raided his home last year has broken down in tears after avoiding a jail term.

Jordan Stone pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale and supply at his family home at Poolbeg Quay in Ringsend, Dublin 4 on 14 March 2020. He has two previous convictions for drugs possession and for assault causing harm.

At his sentence hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Stone was called to give evidence by Dean Kelly SC, defending. His left hand was visibly trembling as ….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.

'Nothing short of murder': Nadine Lott suffered 'appalling' injuries, prosecution tell jury

Central Criminal Court

A man on trial accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott inflicted “the most appalling and dreadful blunt trauma injuries” to the beauty therapist’s face, which separated the flesh from the underlying structures, a prosecution barrister has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

John O’Kelly SC, prosecuting, today gave his closing speech in the trial of Daniel Murtagh and insisted that this was a case of murder and “nothing short of murder”.

“There is the clearest intent, just look at what the accused didn’t do and what he never tried to do, he never raised a hand to ….read more

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Former Franciscan friar (79) jailed for indecent assault on boy

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A former Franciscan friar who took a young boy out of a classroom and raped him at a nearby Church property has been jailed for five years for two counts of indecent assault.

A jury found Joseph Keegan (79) of Somerville Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 12, guilty of two counts of indecent assault on the boy, the first for anally raping him on an unknown date in 1986 or 1987 at a Church property in Dublin; and the second for sexually assaulting him after football training at a school in the capital on a date in 1985 or 1986.

He was ….read more


UK businesswoman who bought 'Jessbrook' claims she is victim of fraud

High Court

A UK businesswoman who says that she spent millions of euro on equine ventures in Ireland, including on a facility once connected to gangland criminal John Gilligan, claims that she is the victim of a fraud, the High Court has heard.

Caroline Teltsch, who ran a successful event management company, has brought High Court proceedings against her former business partner Mr James Buckley and Mr Buckley’s wife Paula.

In her action, Ms Teltsch seeks judgement of over €1m against the defendants arising out of their alleged refusal to repay loans she advanced to them.

She claims that they unjustly enriched themselves at ….read more

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