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Accused not at home on night man was stabbed 28 times, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of stabbing another male 28 times was not at home on the night of the alleged incident, despite being under curfew, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Detective Garda Karl Mannion old Patrick Gageby SC, prosecuting, that he had called to Paul Crosby’s home just before 10pm on November 10, 2016, but the accused was not there.

The jury heard that Mr Crosby (23) had been on bail for allegedly smashing windows at Gerard Boyle’s home months earlier and had a curfew of 9pm to 8am.

Mr Crosby, of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to the ….read more

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Taxi driver overpowered raider and hit him with own BB gun

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A raider who pointed a BB gun at the head of a taxi driver later claimed to gardaí that it was a “practical joke” and the driver had overreacted, a court has heard.

During the attempted robbery, Frank Rowan managed to overpower Paul Evans (36) and take the firearm off the raider. Evans repeatedly ran at Mr Rowan and demanded the gun back until the driver struck him on the head with the gun.

Evans continued to run at the victim and a passerby stopped and called gardaí. Evans told the victim he would wait for the gardaí and would “do him ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Robber threatened to stab woman with needle

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who accosted and robbed two women several weeks apart threatened to stab one of them with a needle, a court has heard.

Damien Reilly (36), with an address at Camden Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two robberies in Stoneybatter, Dublin, on February 24, 2017 and April 7, 2017.

Garda Sinead Murphy told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that on the date in April a nurse had just entered her PIN into an ATM when Reilly grabbed a hold of her.

Reilly said “Don’t fucking move, don’t fucking scream, I have a needle in my hand” and he ….read more

Airport

Drugs mule swallowed €182k worth of heroin pellets

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has being jailed for four and a half years for bringing nearly €200,000 worth of heroin through Dublin Airport.

Bayo Olanrewaju (48) was carrying most of the drugs in pellets which he had swallowed. He told gardaí that he was to meet somebody in Dublin and would be brought to a hotel where he would “pass” the drugs.

He said that he had agreed to transport the drugs because he needed to go to Mozambique for his grandmother’s funeral and did not have enough money to pay for the trip. He went to people who had previously loaned him money ….read more

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Thermal imaging revealed muggers hiding in bushes

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mugger who was caught hiding in bushes by gardai using thermal imaging from a helicopter has being ordered to do community service.

During a robbery by Folarin Odunlami (22) and an accomplice, one of the muggers pulled a long steak knife and told the victim to empty his pockets.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the terrified victim feared he would be stabbed. As he was taking things out of his pockets, the second man got involved.

The muggers took the victim’s phone and wallet containing €110 in cash and told him to run down the lane or they would cut and ….read more

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Lady's hair clip found in tank with DJ's remains, Moonlight murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Garda Gerry Canty. Credit: Collins)

A lady’s hair clip, buttons and bone fragments were found in the underground tank where Bobby “Mr Moonlight” Ryan’s remains were found, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Ryan – a part-time DJ going by the name Mr Moonlight. Mr Ryan went missing on June 3, 2011 after leaving his girlfriend’s home at about 6.30am and his body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary in April 2013.

The ….read more

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