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Siobhan Stack

Warrant for alleged driver of migrant death trailer "fundamentally defective", court told

High Court

(Pictured: Ms Siobhan Stack SC. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for a northern Irish man alleged to have delivered the refrigerated trailer in which 39 migrants were found dead in England in October, have questioned the validity of the UK’s proposed extradition request.

British authorities are seeking the surrender of Eamon Harrison (22) from Mayobridge, Co Down, to face 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and conspiracy to commit human trafficking under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.

The warrant seeking his extradition refers to Mr Harrison as a British citizen.

It is alleged that Mr Harrison delivered the trailer, in which ….read more

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Murder accused fulfils criteria for insanity verdict, psychiatrist tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A psychiatrist has told a murder trial that a man, who admits causing fatal injuries to his infant son over 18 years ago, was suffering with schizophrenia at the time and fulfils the criteria for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The expert witness told the Central Criminal Court that the accused man was unable to appreciate that what he did at the time was morally wrong and would have been unable to refrain from committing the act.

Yusif Ali Abdi was tried before the Central Criminal Court in 2003 for the murder of his son, where a ….read more

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Judge dismisses Ryanair's bid to include additional evidence in action

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Bellew. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has refused Ryanair’s application to include evidence about the alleged downloading of material from its internal computer system by Peter Bellew in its ongoing action against its Chief Operations Officer.

Mr Justice Senan Allen ruled the evidence that the airline sought to introduce as part of its bid to enforce a non-compete clause contained in Mr Bellew’s contract of employment was “irrelevant” to the issues the court must decide in the case.

The material that Ryanair sought to introduce consisted of an expert forensic report, where it is alleged that Mr ….read more

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Murder accused's Isis claims "rambling and incoherent", garda tells trial

Central Criminal Court

Gardai ruled out terrorist links to the “random” stabbing of a Japanese man on a public street by an Egyptian man who claimed to be a member of Isis, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Detective Inspector Martin Beggy told the trial of Mohamed Morei, who is accused of murdering one man, stabbing a second and striking a third with a weapon, that the accused’s claims that he was part of the terrorist group Isis were “rambling” and “totally incoherent”.

Describing the attacks as “random”, he added: “There is no evidence to suggest any links whatsoever to terrorism.”

Consultant psychiatrists Dr Brenda ….read more

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Assault trial jury told to "leave at the door" any views on gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Sean Lucey. Credit: Collins)

The jury in the trial of garda accused of assaulting an RTE cameraman during street protests has heard they must “leave at the door” any general views “good or ill” they may have towards gardaí.

The accused Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Sixth man charged with Hutch murder conspiracy

Special Criminal Court

A sixth man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with conspiring to murder a member of the Hutch family and another unknown person last year.

Gardai arrested the man while he was collecting a social welfare payment from Finglas Post Office just before 2pm today on foot of an arrest warrant, the court was told.

The arrest comes less than a week after five men appeared before the non-jury court on the same charge of conspiracy to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch.

Mark Capper (21) of Cappagh Green, Finglas, Dublin 11, appeared before the three-judge court this afternoon charged with ….read more

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