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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.

Jury sworn-in for trial of husband accused of murdering wife

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been sworn-in to hear the trial of a Polish man who admits killing but denies the murder of his wife in Sligo three years ago.

Rafal Karaczyn (35), of Crozon Park, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year-old wife Natalia Karaczyn, also from Poland, at their family home in Crozon Park between April 29th, 2018 and May 1st, 2018.

Today nine women and three men were sworn in as jurors to hear the trial in front of Ms Justice Eileen Creedon. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks ….read more


Jail for man who repeatedly stamped on homeless man's head

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A homeless man who repeatedly stamped on the head of an unconscious homeless man and knocked out his false teeth in the process has been jailed for three years.

Keith Devine (26) then went through the pockets of the other homeless man who he had knocked unconscious during an assault in which he punched the victim eight times.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that following the assault there was blood coming from the victim’s tear ducts.

Devine, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm in a laneway at Glovers Alley, Dublin 2, on June 4, 2020. He has 28 previous ….read more

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Garda punched in face after high-speed chase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who smashed the windscreen of a patrol car and later punched a garda in the face has been jailed for 16 months.

Thomas Doyle (26) was spotted by Garda John Ryan driving in the Crumlin area. The officer, who was a passenger in a marked patrol car, indicated that Doyle should pull over as he knew he was a disqualified driver.

Garda David Costigan told Diane Stuart BL, prosecuting, that Doyle instead accelerated away from the patrol car at such speed that smoke billowed from the back wheels.

The gardaí pursued Doyle who continued to drive at speed in the area ….read more

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Violent teen offender jailed for attack on woman

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenager with previous convictions for violent offending who assaulted a woman in a city centre laneway has been jailed for three years.

Xolani Mdakani, now aged 21 years old, grabbed the woman in a headlock but later ran off when a woman in an apartment overlooking the lane shouted at him. He was identified on CCTV.

Mdakani, formerly of St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the woman causing her harm at Henry Place, Dublin 1 on February 9, 2018.

He has 36 previous convictions, including three for assault, as well as theft, burglary and ….read more

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