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"I'll slaughter you all": jail for man who pointed airgun at gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A grieving man who pointed an air gun at three gardaí after threatening that he would slaughter them all has been jailed for 28 months.

Gerard Curtis (32) was still wearing his funeral clothes, his mother having been cremated the day before, when he stood on a second floor balcony and directed abuse at the gardaí below.

“I’ll slaughter you all. If I wanted to I could kill you all easily,” Curtis told gardaí. He later produced a BB gun, raised his arm and pointed it in the direction of the officers, causing them to retreat for safety.

Curtis pointed the gun at ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Jail for man who attacked and threatened to shoot taxi driver

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who threatened to shoot a taxi driver and then attacked him has been jailed for two and a half years.

Gary Murphy (38) of Church Road, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting a taxi driver causing him harm on May 28, 2016

Judge Melanie Greally sentenced him to three and a half years imprisonment, but suspended the final 12 months of the sentence on condition that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour and follow all directions of the Probation Service for a period of 12 months upon his release.

The court heard that ….read more

Dr John Manlove

Tank opened weeks before body discovery, insect expert tells Moonlight murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr John Manlove. Credit: Collins)

The tank containing Bobby Ryan’s remains was opened weeks before the man accused of his murder said he discovered the DJ’s decomposing body, an insect expert has told the Central Criminal Court.

Dr John Manlove, a forensic entomologist, told the murder trial of 50-year-old farmer Patrick Quirke that he saw common blow fly larvae in the deceased’s chest cavity and on his back.

These larvae, he said, were all at the same stage of development and indicated that they had infested the body at least 11 days prior to the discovery. The small number of larvae ….read more

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Trocaire box thief carried out armed robbery

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who stole from Trócaire boxes in a primary school later robbed from a shop while armed with a gun, a court has heard.

Martin Lumsden (35) of The Square, Larchhill, Santry, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and possession of a firearm at Mace, All Saints Park, Raheny, Dublin, on May 7, 2018.

Along with his co-accused John Finn (32) of Cromcastle Close, Kilmore, Dublin, he pleaded guilty to trespass and theft at Gaelscoil Cholmcille, Oscar Traynor Road, Dublin, on April 18, 2018.

Garda Finbarr Fleming told Siobhán Ní Chúlacháin BL, prosecuting, that he was observing traffic ….read more

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Murder trial witness did not realise pensioner (90) was dead

Central Criminal Court

A witness has told a murder trial that a 90-year-old pensioner looked “very swollen” and she thought he was “unconscious” when she called to his home, not realising he was already dead.

Ross Outram (28) is on trial at the Central Criminal Court accused of murdering Paddy Lyons (90) in Co Waterford nearly two years ago.

Mr Outram, of Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel in Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the retired farmer at Loughleagh, Ballysaggart, Lismore, Co Waterford, at a time unknown between February 23 and 26, 2017.

Giving evidence today, Cathleen Kiely told prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC ….read more

John Gibson

Former Christian Brothers teacher guilty of sexual abuse

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: John Gibson. Credit: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean

A former Christian Brothers teacher has been convicted of sexually assaulting two children in the 1980s.

John Gibson (71) of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of indecent assault against a 12-year-old girl at a Christian Brother’s School in Co. Wexford, between May and September 1983.

He had also denied indecent assault of a young boy between May 1985 and September 1985, when the complainant was aged 12 years old.

During a five day trial, the two complainants testified that Gibson had molested them while ….read more

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