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Murder accused's behaviour influenced by intoxication not mental disorder, psychiatrist tells trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Sally Linehan. Credit: Collins)

A psychiatrist has told a jury she is not satisfied that a woman experienced “a dissociative reaction” when she is alleged to have murdered her partner.

Dr Sally Linehan, testifying on behalf of the prosecution today in the fourth week of the Louth woman’s murder trial at the Central Criminal Court, also told the jury that the accused’s behaviour on the night was influenced by her intoxication and not her mental disorder.

The court has heard that the mother-of-three was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependency at the time she stabbed her ….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 fails to reach verdicts in triple rape trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury has failed to reach verdicts in the trial of three young men accused of raping a woman in a car.

The three accused men, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping a woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The trial heard that three men were all teenagers when they drove the then 18-year-old woman to Dollymount Strand were they are alleged to have raped her one after the other. The defendants say that the woman consented to ….read more

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Victim followed after 'vicous' muggers spotted Rolex

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean

Two men have been jailed for four years each for the violent street robbery of a victim who they had followed after spotting his Rolex watch.

Nathan Benson (22) and Harry Walsh (19) had earlier seen the victim in a Dublin city centre nightclub and had commented on him wearing the Rolex watch. During the attack, the men pulled the watch, valued at €7,500, from the victim’s wrist.

Benson, of Woodfield, Scholarstown Road, Knocklyon, Dublin and Walsh of Woodfield, Knocklyon pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on Wellington Quay, on October 22, 2017.

Judge Melanie ….read more

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Jury fail to reach verdicts in remaining sex abuse counts against creche worker

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A jury have failed to reach verdicts in the remaining counts against a childcare worker accused of sexually assaulting four girls in a Leinster creche.

Yesterday the jury returned five verdicts of not guilty in relation to two of the four complainants. The man was acquitted on three charges relating to the first girl and acquitted of both charges in relation to the fourth girl.

The jury foreman had then asked Judge Elma Sheahan for more time to continue deliberations on the outstanding charges.

On day 23 of the trial today, the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury told the judge that they were ….read more

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Planning permission for major housing development given in error, board indicates

High Court

An Bord Pleanála has indicated that planning permission for a development that includes 450 housing units in Drogheda ought not to have been granted, the High Court has heard.

The proposed development, earmarked for a site south of the Marsh Road to the east of Drogheda Town Centre, is the subject of a High Court challenge brought by the Environmental group Protect East Meath Ltd.

An Bord Pleanála granted the developer of the proposed project, Ravala Ltd, planning permission to construct the dwelling units, offices and a creche in November 2019.

The planning application was made directly by the developer to An ….read more

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Accused said to have 'packed bags' has bail money forfeited

High Court

A man said to have packed his bags and was allegedly ready to flee the jurisdiction has had his bail monies forfeited by the High Court.

Dean Thornton (22), of Moneymore, in Drogheda, Co Louth is charged with false imprisonment and assault causing harm to another man at Moneymore, in Drogheda on November 11, 2018.

The High Court heard today that Mr Thornton was previously granted bail on his own bond of €1,000 with €500 to be lodged on a number of conditions including that he surrender his passport.

However in January, Mr Thornton made an online application for a ….read more

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