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Murderer in drag appeals against conviction

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Trial witness Mr Jason O’Connor. Lawyers today submitted that the jury should have been discharged after an interaction between him and the accused. Credit: Collins)

A murderer in drag who gunned a man down with a sub-machine gun in a busy car park has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Christopher McDonald’s lawyer has argued that the jury should not have heard his reply to arrest: ‘Go F**k yourself’, as it indicated a hardness that would be expected from a professional hitman.

McDonald (37), from the East Wall area of Dublin, was found guilty of murder by unanimous jury verdict at the ….read more

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Trial over Keane Mulready Woods murder investigation to begin in 2022

Central Criminal Court

A man will go on trial in 2022 charged with impeding the investigation into the murder of teenager Keane Mulready Woods.

Gerard McKenna (50), of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth is charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of another person in relation to the 17-year-old’s murder last January.

Mr Mulready Woods, from Drogheda, was last seen alive in the town on January 12.

The following day, some of the teenager’s dismembered body parts were found in a holdall in the Moatview area of Coolock in Dublin.

Two days later, his head, hands and feet were found in a burning car in the Drumcondra ….read more

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Lead challenge to standardised Leaving Cert grades adjourned

High Court

The lead High Court challenge over the standardisation of 2020 Leaving Cert grades has been adjourned.

The outcome of the case by Freddy Sherry, a student at Dublin’s Belvedere College, is expected to impact on several other challenges over the standardisation process.

The case had been due to commence on Wednesday morning, however Mr Justice Charles Meenan was told the case was not ready to proceed as an issue concerning the discovery of documents by the State has arisen.

As a result, Mr Sherry’s case has been adjourned and will be mentioned before the court early next week.

All of the other challenges have ….read more

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Company challenges proposed Dublin housing development

High Court

A company has brought High Court proceedings seeking to overturn permission for 300 housing units in Monkstown in south County Dublin.

The action has been brought by Starrs Holdings Ltd against An Bord Pleanala over permission given to developers Lulani Dalguise Ltd to build eight blocks of apartments, ranging in height from five to nine storeys, as well as 22 houses on a three-hectare site near Monkstown Village.

The development will also see the conversion of Dalguise House into two separate dwellings and a creche.

The permission, which was granted by An Bord Pleanala last August, is challenged on various grounds including ….read more

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Amanda Carroll accused too drunk to form intent to murder, defence say

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Michael O’Higgins SC. Credit: Collins)

Murder accused Sean Nolan was too drunk to form the intent to murder his partner Amanda Carroll, his defence team have told a Central Criminal Court jury.

Defence counsel, Michael O’Higgins SC, argued that what had happened to Amanda Carroll was an “accidental death” and under no circumstances did the accused intend to kill his girlfriend as his previous conduct on the night emphatically pointed the other way.

However, the prosecution told the jury there can be no doubt that Mr Nolan intended to kill or cause serious injury when he put his hand ….read more

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Only doctor who can treat notorious UK con woman is in Ireland, High Court told

High Court

by Paul Neilan

A notorious on-the-run con woman, who is the daughter of a wealthy property tycoon, is fighting her extradition to the UK because the only doctor capable of treating her psychological condition is in Ireland, the High Court heard today.

Farah Damji (53) fled to Ireland in February of this year during her trial in the UK, at which she was convicted in her absence by Southwark Crown Court, London, of twice breaching a restraining order in April and June 2018.

Ms Damji, who presented herself as an Icelandic national and was living at an address at Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1, ….read more

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