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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.

Nadine Lott's ex demonstrated how he delivered blows, jury sees

Central Criminal Court

Nadine Lott’s ex partner demonstrated to gardai how he delivered punches down on the beautician as she lay on the ground of her home, a murder trial jury have seen.

The accused Daniel Murtagh, who said he had boxed “for years”, also told gardai that he had held a charger for a tyre pump in his hand for “solidity” and had “wrapped” the wire around his knuckles as he beat Nadine, the jury heard.

Under cross-examination, one of the interviewing gardai agreed with defence counsel, Brendan Grehan SC, that the accused accepted he might have used the cigarette-type charger “in ….read more

Kelly Noble

Convicted killer Kelly Noble gets suspended sentence over violent robberies

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(File Picture: Kelly Noble. Photo: Collins)

By Stephen Bourke & Brion Hoban

Convicted killer Kelly Noble, who took part in two violent city centre robberies in the space of half an hour, one of which left the victim needing an ambulance, has received a fully suspended sentence.

Kelly Noble (36) of Hogan Court, St Peter’s in Dublin, pleaded guilty to robbing a woman’s handbag and a €20 note from her friend on South Great George’s Street, Dublin City centre, at a quarter past midnight on September 24, 2017.

She also pleaded guilty to robbing a man on the same street at a quarter to ….read more

CCJ inside court

Syringe robber fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

A woman, who used a syringe to rob a Dublin shop, has lost her appeal against her sentence.

Samantha Irwin (37) had been identified by a bloodstained post-it that fell from her pocket during the robbery. Gardai had spotted the note while reviewing CCTV and matched her DNA to the blood on it.

The mother-of-two had grabbed the shop assistant by the jumper, uncapped a syringe and attempted to strike her in the arm. The shop assistant managed to remove her arm by pulling it up and out of her jumper.

Irwin demanded money and a total of €55 was handed over ….read more

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Trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr further adjourned

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: Collins)

The trial of businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr, who is accused of setting up a long-time employee to be taken prisoner by a gang, has again been adjourned at the Special Criminal Court until October.

It is not the first lengthy adjournment in the trial. In December last year the trial was adjourned after a significant amount of CCTV footage was disclosed to the defence, who requested time to view it, and resumed for a brief period on Monday.

That was the second adjournment for CCTV evidence in the trial, with the property magnate’s case previously ….read more

Croke Park

Jury in Munster child abuse trial begin deliberating

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the Munster child abuse trial have ceased their deliberations at the Central Criminal Court and retired for the evening.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott sent the jury out just before lunch-time today on the ninth week of the trial, which has been sitting in a temporary courtroom in Croke Park.

The judge told the jury “there was no restriction on time” and to return verdicts based on the evidence before them.

He handed them the issue paper and the various exhibits in the case before he advised them that any verdict returned must be a unanimous one.

He sent the jury home ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

IRA man loses appeal against sentence

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against sentence brought by a Dubliner jailed for four years and six months by the Special Criminal Court for IRA membership.

The court had already dismissed Conor Metcalfe’s appeal against conviction, saying that the trial court was entitled to use the opinion evidence of a garda chief superintendent in convicting, despite the officer’s refusal to answer questions about how he formed his opinion.

Metcalfe (30) of Monastery Park, Clondalkin was found guilty of IRA membership in December 2018 by the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court.

The State’s case against him was based on the belief ….read more

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