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Mother fails in bid to have charge of trying to murder infant sons dismissed

Central Criminal Court

A 39-year-old mother accused of attempting to murder her 18-month-old twin sons at her home in Dublin has failed in a bid to have the charges against her dismissed.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with attempting to murder her two young sons on October 9, 2019 at her home.

She is also accused of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to one of the two children on the same date.

The accused woman is further charged with producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury in the course of a dispute, to wit a large kitchen ….read more

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'If I wanted to kill her I'd kill her': Nadine Lott accused to gardai

Central Criminal Court

A boxer accused of murdering his former partner Nadine Lott told gardai that he was “pounding” her and “punching like mad” and that if he had wanted to kill her he would have, his trial has heard.

When asked by gardai how his hands were not badly damaged, Daniel Murtagh said he had “boxed for years and my knuckles are conditioned”.

“I knew she was with a lad in Arklow and I was just trying to get it out of her,” he added.

Mr Murtagh also told officers: “You are trying to paint a picture of me trying to kill Nadine; ….read more

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'The worst of human behaviour': judge condemns 'savagery' of woman's attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiachra Gallagher

A judge has condemned the ‘savagery’ of an assault by a woman who repeatedly punched and stabbed another woman after a dispute over €50 and jailed her for eight years.

Martina Rooney (39) believed that the woman held money belonging to her when the prolonged assault took place in Temple Bar last summer. Rooney’s co-accused, Karl Fishe (35), was jailed for two years for his part in the assault.

Rooney, with an address at Stanhope Green, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to counts of assault causing serious harm and robbery on June 13, 2020, ….read more

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Decision to order extradition of Liam Campbell is upheld

Court of Appeal

Liam Campbell, who was found civilly liable for the Omagh bombing, is to be extradited to Lithuania, where he is suspected of international weapons smuggling.

The Court of Appeal has this morning dismissed an appeal against the extradition by Campbell, who has been battling extradition for more than 12 years.

He had wanted the three-judge court to overturn a decision by the High Court surrendering him to Lithuanian prosecutors, who allege that he was involved in the smuggling of weapons in support of the Real IRA (RIRA) between the end of 2006 and early 2007.

Campbell (58) was arrested in Upper Faughart, Dundalk, ….read more

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Murderer to stay in jail after Supreme Court rulings make appeal unviable

Court of Appeal

A 30-year-old man has lost his appeal against conviction for murdering his girlfriend and mother of his infant son. He had acknowledged that since he lodged his submissions, there had been two relevant legal decisions regarding intoxication that might have made his sole ground of appeal unviable.

Adam O’Keefe was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2018, after he was found guilty of the murder of Amy McCarthy in a squat in Cork city.

He had denied the murder but admitted the manslaughter of the 22-year-old on April 29th or April 30th, 2017 at a building on Sheares Street.

The issues raised in ….read more

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Man raped niece when she was a child and adult

Central Criminal Court

A man who sexually abused four children including three of his nieces has been jailed for eight years.

The man (69), who cannot be named for legal reasons, twice raped one of his nieces, once as a child and once when she was an adult in her twenties, after having repeatedly indecently assaulted her in the preceding years.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the man also indecently assaulted three further children during a similar period of time, two of whom were also his nieces.

Following a trial which concluded in June 2021, the man was convicted by a jury of two counts ….read more

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