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Colm Roddy, Dave Donnellan

Accused's actions due to being 'made complicit' in 'destruction and torture', jury told

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Colm Roddy (L) and Mr Dave Donnellan (R). Collins)

A peace activist alleged to have damaged an airport runway has told his trial that his actions were a response to being “made complicit” in the “destruction and torture” carried out by the US military.

Colm Roddy (78) and Dave Donnellan (60) are alleged to have cut through a perimeter fence at Shannon airport to gain entry to the airfield and to have then painted crucifixes on the the runway.

On May 5, 2016 Mr Roddy of Bayside Walk, Dublin and Mr Donnellan of Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin were stopped on the ….read more

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Stab wounds on homeless man deliberately placed, pathologist tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

Many of the 183 stab wounds found on the body of a homeless man who suffered from cerebral palsy were deliberately rather than randomly placed and some were possibly inflicted after death, a pathologist has told a murder trial.

Consultant forensic pathologist Dr Carl Gray, of Harrogate District Hospital in the UK, said this “raises the possibility of mental illness or abnormal state of mind in the assailant” who stabbed Adam ‘Floater’ Muldoon.

Philip Dunbar (20) of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24 has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Muldoon (23) at Butler Park in Jobstown Park, Tallaght on ….read more

CCJ inside court

Cocaine dealer worked out of grandparent's home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drug dealer who claimed he was using a scales to weigh cocaine for his own use has received a suspended sentence.

Jordan Duffy (23), of Glin Road, Coolock in Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his home on May 2nd 2019.

Today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Pauline Codd sentenced Duffy to 18 months, with the sentence being suspended in full.

The court heard that gardaí obtained a warrant to search the house on Glin Road in Coolock where Duffy was living with his grandparents and discovered a small quantity of cocaine, weighing scales and ….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 deliberating in Amanda Carroll murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury will return to the Central Criminal Court tomorrow to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his partner by strangling her to death in her bedroom after a “binge” drinking session.

The jury of six men and six women has so far spent 55 minutes considering their verdict.

Mr Justice Michael MacGrath concluded his charge to the jurors today in the trial of Sean Nolan (36), with an address at Ashington Crescent, Navan Road in Dublin, who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Amanda Carroll (33) at ….read more

Mr Justice Bernard Barton

'Not on my watch': health emergency won't be used to abolish civil jury trials, judge says

High Court

(Mr Justice Bernard Barton. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge has said he hopes to have civil jury trials up and running in the New Year.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton, who presides over the High Court Civil jury trials, made the comments on Thursday after acknowledging that no civil jury trials will take place this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Justice Barton said that next February will mark a full 12 months since the last High Court civil jury action was heard.

However, the judge said he wanted to assure all parties that every step possible will be taken to ensure that ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Coercive control complainant sent explicit videos to accused, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An alleged victim of coercive control and assault told a 999 call operator that every part of her body was injured and that “he threw me down the stairs”.

The 52-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his then-partner.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive of his partner at various locations, including their Dublin home, between January 1, 2019 and September 22, 2019.

He has also pleaded not guilty to 13 ….read more

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