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New trial date set for Jonathan Duke murder accused

Central Criminal Court

A date has been set for the trial of a 44-year-old man, charged with murdering another man in west Cork more than seven years ago.

Ciprian Grozavu is charged with murdering 27-year-old Jonathan Duke at Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon on 13th November, 2011.

He was before the Central Criminal Court today to receive a date for his trial before a judge and jury.

Mr Justice Michael White listed it for 4th November, 2019. It will take place in Dublin and is expected to last two weeks.

Mr Justice White told him that he would list it before then, if any dates became ….read more


Jail for man who sexually assaulted daughter (15)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who sexually assaulted his 15-year-old daughter while she was napping in the bed he shared with his partner has been sentenced to four years in prison with the final 18 months suspended.

The 37-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his daughter, was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of sexually assaulting the girl as she and her younger sister took an afternoon nap with him before a trip to the cinema.

He had pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault at an address in Dublin, on July 26, 2015. It was ….read more

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"Love triangle" witness denies changing account over love for accused

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Claire McGrath. Credit: Collins)

A woman who says she saw her lover being stabbed to death by her boyfriend has told a murder trial that parts of her original statements to gardai were not true and that she “hated” her boyfriend at the time.

Claire McGrath said she was back with the accused within days of the fatal “love triangle” stabbing and despite their difficulties she still loves him. But she denied that she changed her account, given in front of a jury last Tuesday, because she loves him.

Ms McGrath (30) has been giving evidence in the trial of 40-year-old ….read more

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Trial date set for son of man convicted of chainsaw murder

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Victim Kenneth O’Brien. Credit: Collins)

A trial date has been set for a man charged with disposing of the chainsaw used by his father to dismember the body of a murdered man.

Paul Wells Junior (33), of Beatty Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Paul Wells Snr, by disposing of a chainsaw on January 19th or 20th in 2016 in Co Kildare.

His 50-year-old father of Barnamore Park, Finglas in Dublin was jailed for life last month for murdering Kenneth O’Brien on January 15th or 16th that year.

Wells Snr admitted that, after shooting the 33-year-old ….read more

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Woman goes on trial accused of murdering toddler son

Central Criminal Court

A 43-year-old Kuwaiti woman will go on trial this afternoon, accused of murdering her three-year-old son at their south Dublin home over a year ago.

Maha Al Adheem, with an address at Riverside, Poddle Park, Kimmage, Dublin 12 is charged with murdering Omar Omran on July 10, 2017 at the same address.

Wearing a black headscarf and dressed in a light blue top, Ms Al Adheem stood up when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

When the registrar read the indictment to the accused and asked her how she was pleading, she replied: “Not guilty”.

A jury of nine men and three ….read more

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Minister and State Exams Committee to appeal parts of Rebecca Carter judgement

High Court

(Pictured: Rebecca Carter. Credit: Collins)

The State Examinations Commission and the Minister for Education and Skills have appealed certain aspects of a High Court judgement which allowed Student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at University College Dublin.

The outcome of the appeal will not affect Ms Carter’s place in UCD, nor will she be liable for any legal costs incurred should the appellate court find in the State parties favour.

In September, Ms Carter won her High Court case aimed at forcing the commission to rectify an error in the totting up of her Leaving Certificate marks ….read more

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