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Blood from boy's boots matched that of Anastasia Kriegel, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

DNA taken from blood found on boots worn by one the boy’s accused of Anastasia Kriegel murder matched that of the schoolgirl, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Forensic scientist John Hoade told the trial that the blood pattern on the boots indicate that:”[Boy A] either assaulted Anastasia Kriegel or was in very close proximity to Anastasia Kriegel when she was assaulted.”

The accused, who are both 14, cannot be named because they are minors. They have each pleaded not guilty to murdering the 14-year-old Kildare schoolgirl at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan on 14th May last year and are on ….read more

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Brother stabbed sister in back after row over cleaning bathroom

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man stabbed his sister in the back after an argument about him cleaning their bathroom, a court has heard.

Colm Delaney (29) of Seafort Terrance, Sandymount, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting his sister causing her harm at his address on October 1, 2018.

Garda Shauna Ferncombe told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question Sharon Delaney (42) was in the house she shared with her brother when a row broke out about him having to clean the bathroom, to which he reacted badly.

She turned away from him and felt a “sharpness” in her ….read more

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Murder accused stored boyfriend's name as "sadist" on phone, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A woman accused of murdering her boyfriend told gardai that the deceased was saved in her mobile phone as “sadist” because they had so many fights in the past, a trial has heard.

The mother-of-two also said that she took a knife from the kitchen worktop in order to protect herself as she was afraid he might kill her after they got into a fight. She further said she was not responsible for his death.

The jury was watching a garda interview today in the Central Criminal Court trial of a 48-year-old woman, charged with murdering her 40-year-old boyfriend in her Co ….read more

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Candidate withdraws action against RTE

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Eamonn Murphy. Credit: Collins)

High Court proceedings brought against RTE by an independent candidate in this month’s European Parliament Elections have been withdrawn.

Eamonn Murphy had previously told the High Court that he was bringing an action arising out of the broadcaster’s decision to exclude him from a live debate scheduled to be shown by RTE on May 20th next.

Mr Murphy, who is running in the Dublin constituency, had also contested RTE’s decision not to broadcast a one-minute video clip submitted by him about his campaign and candidacy.

RTE had not shown the video because it was in breach ….read more

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Woman tells sex attack trial that man held his hands around her throat

Central Criminal Court

An alleged sexual assault victim has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that a man held his hands around her throat throughout a late night attack outside her home.

The 34-year-old Dublin resident denies attempted rape of the woman at a Dublin city centre location on December 18, 2010. The accused and the complainant cannot be identified during the trial.

In her evidence to a jury of three women and nine men, the complainant said that she had arrived at her apartment block after a night out socialising.

She was opening the entrance security gate into the courtyard of the block ….read more

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"Menace to society" threatened to head-butt garda

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A “menace to society” who threatened to head-butt a garda while he was being driven to prison has been given a two and half year suspended sentence.

Gardaí had just discovered €60 worth of cannabis in Peter Ward’s Dublin home and became aware that there was a warrant for his arrest because of his failure to pay a €500 fine.

Detective Garda Michael Parry Jones told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that Ward was given the option to pay the fine or spend 15 days in the Midlands Prison.

He said Ward told him that he had the cash available to him but he ….read more

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