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Deirdre Morley committed to Central Mental Hospital

Central Criminal Court

Paediatric nurse Deirdre Morley, who smothered her three young children at their family home and was found not guilty of their murders by reason of insanity, has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) today.

A Central Criminal Court judge made the order this morning, nearly three weeks after a jury returned the special verdicts following the trial of the 44-year-old highly trained clinical nurse.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said today that Ms Morley continues to suffer from a mental disorder under the meaning of the legislation and is in need of inpatient care at a designated centre.

Ms Morley, of ….read more

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Legal argument in family abuse trial

Central Criminal Court

The trial of seven extended family members accused of sexually abusing three children is in continuing legal argument.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, include the parents, grandmother and aunts and uncles of the three main child complainants. The accused range in ages from 27 to 57 and live in various locations in Munster.

The Central Criminal Court heard that both parents are also accused of wilfully neglecting two of their younger children.

The 56-year-old father of the three main child complainants has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts including rape, anal rape, oral rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and ….read more

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Garda 'expected to die' during attempt to seize car

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who told a woman to clean a car of her fingerprints after she had just driven the vehicle while a garda was holding onto it will be sentenced later.

Trevor Robinson (30) was in the car with Christina Joyce (33), when she accelerated away as Garda Thomas Gallagher was attempting to seize her vehicle.

At Joyce’s sentence hearing in July 2018, Gda Gallagher read from his victim impact statement, in which he said he expected to die that day. The garda said he felt he had to hold onto the door of the Volvo car to stop himself being pulled ….read more

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Lunney accused challenge admissibility of phone evidence

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Michael O’Higgins SC. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers defending four men accused of falsely imprisoning and causing serious harm to Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) Director Kevin Lunney, are challenging the admissibility of mobile phone evidence that the prosecution has said forms part of its case.

Gardai have told the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court that they obtained phone data from various phones using warrants issued from district courts under Section 10 of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.

Detective Garda Sharon Walsh told Michael O’Higgins SC, for one of the accused, that following a judgement relating to the conviction of ….read more

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Judge receives anonymous letter from purported 'whistleblower'

High Court

The judge in a case taken by Portakabin, who want Google to provide them with details about a Gmail account that has been sending allegedly defamatory messages to its customers, has received an anonymous letter by a person claiming to be behind the account.

Portakabin Ltd and Portakabin (Ireland) Ltd, which manufacturer and supply modular buildings, seek the orders so they can identify who sent several messages aimed at damaging their business to their customers in March and April of this year. Google does not oppose the application.

The application came before Mr Justice Senan Allen on Tuesday, who said that ….read more

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Addict hijacked car outside creche

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drug addict who hijacked a car from a man who had just dropped his child off at creche has been jailed for two and a half years.

Thomas McDonnell was in a drug-induced psychosis when he threw himself over the bonnet of the injured party’s car, told the driver to get out or he would kill him before hijacking the vehicle, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Because the driver had the car key in his possession, the car was only able to go a short distance before it stopped and McDonnell fled the scene, Garda Stephen O’Shea told the court.

Gardaí ….read more

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