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Murder accused's account of sexual attack by partner 'an outrageous lie', prosecution tell jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A prosecution barrister has told a jury it is “abundantly clear” that a mother-of-three intended to cause “at least serious injury” to her partner when she picked the biggest knife from a knife block and stabbed him four times with it.

In his closing address at the Central Criminal Court today, Counsel for the State Gerard Clarke SC noted that the prosecution did not have to prove an intention to kill and it was sufficient to prove an intention to cause serious injury.

Mr Clarke also said the accused’s allegation that her partner sexually attacked ….read more


Mother at 'high-risk' of infection attends court only to see son's bail refused

High Court

A mother said to be at “high-risk” of contracting Covid-19 travelled to a courtroom on Wednesday only to watch her son on a television screen be refused High Court bail.

The 22-year-old man, with an address in north Co Dublin, appeared via video-link from prison where he is currently held on foot of 11 charges including two burglaries and a series of thefts in the capital. The alleged thefts involve stealing a wallet and the alleged use of an ATM card for contactless payments of less than €30 where a PIN number is not required.

His barrister told the court that his ….read more

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Crack addict jailed for robbery at ATM

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mother-of-one who was taking crack cocaine when she robbed a woman at a cash machine has been jailed for two years.

April Reid (34) with an address at North Strand Cottages, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Ulster Bank, Phisborough, Dublin on March 23, 2019.

Passing sentence today, Judge Melanie Greally said that on the date in question, Reid “targeted and highlighted” the victim while she was withdrawing money from bank ATM.

Judge Greally said there was a physical encounter during which the victim sustained a minor injury to her left hand. The victim was ….read more

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Judge urges Facebook and Janet Jackson's ex to resolve differences over fake ads

High Court

(File Picture: Janet Jackson. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge has urged representatives of Facebook and Janet Jackson’s ex Wissam Al Mana to resolve their differences regarding the billionaire businessman’s application for information on those behind “fake ads” that have appeared on the social media platform.

Mr Al Mana, a UK-based Qatari national, has brought proceedings over adverts which he says are wrongly and maliciously using his name and image and which on several occasions since May 2019 have been published by persons unknown to him, using the Facebook Ads Tool.

The adverts contain a fake news article, using sensational headings and featuring ….read more

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Attempted murder accused challenges prison segregation

High Court

A prisoner remanded in custody pending his trial for attempted murder has brought a High Court challenge over his detention at the Midlands Prison’s segregation unit.

The proceedings have been brought by Caolan Smyth, who claims that since being moved to the prison some months ago, he has been locked in his cell for 23 hours a day.

Mr Smyth claims he has been told by the prison authorities that he is being kept away from other prisoners for his own safety due to an existing threat to his life.

Mr Smyth strongly disagrees with that assessment and rejects claims that his life ….read more

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Property fraud accused gets bail after virus affects trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean

A man awaiting trial on fraud and deception charges has been allowed out on short-term bail after a judge described him as “a vulnerable person in an overcrowded environment”.

Michael Hennessy’s trial for his part in alleged property purchase frauds was adjourned last week after a circuit court judge heard that the Covid-19 pandemic would prevent witnesses travelling from Spain.

Hennessy (63), of Coney Avenue, Coneyboro, Athy, Co Kildare was due to go on trial next month at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The court heard that the alleged victims purchased properties which are all in Spain.

Last Friday ….read more

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