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Jury watch CCTV montage in Stephen Penrose murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a 24-year-old Dubliner, whose decapitated body was found in a Kildare woods, has watched a CCTV montage of the men’s movements on the day of the killing.

Stephen Penrose (38), of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Philip Finnegan at Rahin Woods, Rahin, Edenderry, Co Kildare on August 10, 2016.

The trial has heard that Mr Finnegan went missing before his decapitated body was found buried in a shallow grave in a Kildare woods. The accused man, who was representing himself in the ….read more

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Creche worker cleared of sex assaults on children after two trials

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Isabel Hayes

A creche worker accused of sexually assaulting three girls in a Leinster creche has been acquitted by a jury of all charges following two trials.

The man (30), who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children involved, had pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of sexual assault relating to three different girls at a creche in Leinster on unknown dates between September 1, 2015 and December 12, 2016.

Following a four-week trial, the jury returned verdicts of not guilty today on 17 counts, after deliberating for just one hour and 14 minutes.

One count of ….read more

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Jealous boyfriend who murdered love rival after finding him in partner's bedroom fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Key prosecution witness Ms Claire McGrath. Photo: Collins)

A jealous boyfriend who stabbed a love rival to death after finding the man in his partner’s bedroom has lost an appeal against his murder conviction.

Keith Connorton was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of murdering Graham McKeever (32) at Deerpark Avenue, Tallaght on February 18, 2017 by a majority verdict and sentenced to life. Connorton, who is in his 40s, had pleaded not guilty to stabbing Mr McKeever to death after he found him sleeping with his partner.

During the 2019 trial, the jury was told Connorton’s long-term partner ….read more

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Jail for man who claimed allegation of sexual abuse was fabricated

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who sexually assaulted his partner’s niece and then claimed her mother had fabricated the allegation due to a family feud has been jailed.

Martin Cawley (65) of Drumcairn Parade, Tallaght, was found guilty by a jury of the single count of sexually assaulting the girl at his home in Dublin on a date in October 2013, when she was just 10 years old. The trial was held in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July this year.

When interviewed by gardaí Cawley gave them a hand-written statement in which he alleged the child’s mother was “behind it” as she was ….read more

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Getaway driver in murder of gangster Wayne Whelan pleads guilty

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Christopher Moran. Photo: Collins)

A man who was accused of murdering gangster Wayne Whelan has pleaded guilty to being the getaway driver for the fatal shooting.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) accepted the plea from Christopher Moran (51), who had been on trial for murder at the Central Criminal Court. His co-accused Anthony Casserly (25) then pleaded guilty to participating in or contributing to the murder of Wayne Whelan. Casserly’s plea was also accepted by the DPP.

Whelan was shot dead at Mount Andrew Rise in Lucan, Co Dublin on November 18, 2019 and the car in which he was ….read more

Andrzej Benko

Husband who tried to murder wife with hammer appeals 15-year sentence

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Andrzej Benko. Photo: Collins)

A husband’s cooperation with gardai as he was arrested for attempting to bludgeon his sleeping wife to death with a hammer on her birthday entitles him to a shorter sentence, the Court of Appeal was told today.

Andrzej Benko (50) had pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder Joanna Benko at their house at Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin on July 5, 2010. But a jury found him guilty following a trial at the Central Criminal Court and he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Benko later lost an appeal against his conviction.

Today, the Court of ….read more

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