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Jordan Davis gunman 'undoubtedly guilty of murder', judge notes

Central Criminal Court

A gunman who cycled up behind a father-of-one and shot him dead as he pushed a pram containing his four-month-old son is “undoubtedly guilty of murder,” a judge has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

The issue for them to resolve, Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the seven men and four women, is whether the cyclist was the accused man Wayne Cooney.

Mr Cooney (31), with an address at Glenshane Drive in Tallaght, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jordan Davis (22) at a lane-way beside Our Lady of Immaculate National School in Darndale in Dublin on May ….read more

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Sharon Bennett murder accused to stand trial in October

Central Criminal Court

A Co Clare man accused of the murder of mother-of-two Sharon Bennett will go on trial in October at the Central Criminal Court.

Patrick Ballard (35), formerly of Ashford Court Hotel, Ennis, is accused of the murder of Ms Bennett (29) in the Market area of Ennis on Thursday, January 28, 2021. He had been initially charged with assault causing harm on the deceased.

However, Ms Bennett died 13 days later at University Hospital Limerick. In March 2021, the assault charge was withdrawn by the State and a murder charge was brought against Mr Ballard.

Mr Ballard and Ms Bennett were in a ….read more

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Teen was holding holy water bottle when he told gardai he stabbed fisherman, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A teenager was holding a bottle of holy water when he told a garda that he had stabbed a fisherman who he said had come into his house, grabbed his mother and was “punching and swinging kicks”, a murder trial has heard.

Dean Kerrie (20) with an address at St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington in Co Laois has pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Jack Power at Shanakiel, Dunmore East, Co Waterford on July 26, 2018, when he was 17.

Giving evidence today, Sergeant Pat Kenny told Michael Delaney SC, prosecuting, that all the front windows on ….read more

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'Barbaric' stabbing of victim of 'terrifying' family feud sees man jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A criminal ‘barbarically’ stabbed the victim of a mob attack when he was knocked to the ground during a ‘terrifying’ family feud, a court has heard.

Patrick McDonagh (33) of Bath Road, Balbriggan, Co Dublin was one of eight men who used two cars to ram a car driven by Martin Collins before attacking the car with bats and slash hooks.

Mr Collins’ brothers and his young son were in the car during the terrifying attack at Hartstown Road, Hartstown, Dublin on February 7th, 2015, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today. Mr Collins managed to drive off but the attackers rammed ….read more

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Retired teacher in his 90's tells trial that sex abuse allegations are 'rubbish'

High Court

A man in his 70s has claimed before a High Court jury that he was sexually and physically abused over 60 years ago by his then primary school teacher, a member of a Roman Catholic religious order.

The now retired teacher, who is now aged in his 90′s, vehemently denies the allegations, which he described as being “rubbish”, arguing that the alleged abuse “never happened”.

The complainant, represented by Darren Lehane SC and Ronan Lupton SC, has sued both his former teacher and the religious order he is a member of seeking damages for the abuse the man alleges he was subjected ….read more

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Missing evidence in landmark human trafficking trial, appeal told

Court of Appeal

There was evidence missing in the trial of a woman who became one of first individuals in the State jailed for human trafficking and the conviction needs to be quashed, the Court of Appeal was told today.

Alicia Edosa (45) and her co-accused Edith Enoghaghase (32), both of whom are Nigerian, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking women around Ireland on dates between September 2016 and June 2018, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008.

The trial heard evidence from four women who said they were forced into prostitution in Ireland ….read more

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