Central Criminal Court

  • A 78-year old man will be sentenced next month for raping his daughter at the family home in Co Mayo.

    The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to five sample charges of carnal knowledge without the girl’s consent on dates between July 1973 and November 1974.

    The court heard the woman was regularly raped while she was aged between 9 and 12, while her mother was out at work.

    In her victim impact statement, the now 54-year old woman referred to her father as a predator.

    Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy remanded the man in continuing custody, and adjourned sentencing to June 18th next.

     

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    A 40 year old man has gone on trial accused of murdering his baby son in Co Mayo.

    John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering six and half month old Joshua on June 1st 2013.

    The jury was told it's the Prosecution's case that the baby died from asphyxiation due to a tissue being placed in his throat.

    The court heard the accused says it was an accident.

    He says he had gone to the toilet and when he came back the baby was choking and he thought he must have picked up a wipe.

    The case is continuing before a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

     

     

     

     

     

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    A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his baby son in Co Mayo.

    40 year old John Tighe is accused of murdering baby Joshua at their home in Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in June 2013.

    His case was called this morning before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin and the accused replied 'not guilty' when he was arraigned.

    A jury has been sworn in to hear the case which is set to begin this afternoon.

     

     

  • A 78-year-old man who regularly raped his daughter while her mother was at work has been jailed for four years.

    The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim's identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to five sample charges of carnal knowledge without the girl's consent on dates between July 1973 and November 1974 at the family home in Co Mayo.

    Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the three core factors were - the effect the offences had on the victim, the age of the accused and the state of health of the accused man.

    The judge said the idea of a father abusing his daughter in this manner is shocking.

    The court heard that the now 54-year old woman was raped on a regular basis from 1972 to 1975, while she was aged between nine and 12 years old.

    A local detective Garda said the woman first contacted Gardaí in 2015.

    She said her father would bring her into her parents' bedroom, while her mother was out at work and rape her. Sometimes he would promise to buy her clothes.

    The judge was told that the moment the accused man was arrested, he acknowledged what he had done and said he wished he could turn back the clock.

    The court heard he has no contact now with his wife or other children and has been disowned from his local community.

    Mr Justice McCarthy imposed a four-year sentence which he backdated to May when the man first went into custody. He said the sentence was “very substantially less” than would otherwise have been imposed due to the accused man's age and state of health.

     

  • A Galway man has been convicted of orally raping a young woman who had fallen asleep in his van while he gave her a lift home from a night out.

    The 46-year old man had pleaded notguilty at the Central Criminal Court to one charge of orally raping the then 20-year-old woman at a Galway location in the early hours of November 5, 2015.

    Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon ordered that reporting restrictions remain in place until after the man is sentenced in May.

    The court heard the man has no previous convictions.

    The jury of eight men and four women took four hours and 15 minutes to return their majority 11-1 verdict.

    The judge directed the man be registered as a sex offender and remanded him on continuing bail until his sentence date in May.

     

     

  • A man has gone on trial for the murder of Martin "Matt" Kivlehan in Sligo four years ago.

    32-year old Keith Brady of Cartron Estate, Sligo is charged with murdering Mr Kivlehan at New Apartments, Holborn Street, Sligo between 2nd and 3rd August 2015.

    Mr Brady pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter, but this was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    In the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Mr Justice Alexander Owens said the jury would begin to hear evidence today, but he warned them not to engage in "Poirot or Sherlock Holmes behaviour" and said they will be held in contempt of court if they look up details of the case on the internet.

    The case is expected to last for two weeks.

     

  • The barrister representing a Mayo man, who was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, has told a court that his client does not accept the jury’s verdict and maintains his innocence.

    The 47-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of three counts of rape, five counts of anal rape and six counts of sexual assault of his daughter in Co Mayo and abroad between 2006 and 2010.

    The girl was between seven and eleven years of age at the time. The man has eight previous convictions in Ireland and nine abroad.

    The court heard that the victim was in care when she disclosed to her social workers that her father had “behaved inappropriately” towards her and an investigation commenced.

    Her father, who had a problem with alcohol and was intoxicated when he committed these offences, denied everything when he was arrested by gardaí.

    The court heard the abuse had a very serious and traumatic effect on the victim which resulted in her making a number of suicide attempts.

    Defence counsel Michael P O’Higgins said his client does not accept the jury’s verdict and he maintains his innocence. He said his client intended to appeal his conviction as soon as possible.

     Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy remanded the man in custody until April 23 when he will be sentenced.

     

  • A new jury has been sworn in, in the trial of a Mayo man, accused of murdering his baby son.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering his sixth month old son Joshua at his home in June 2013.

    Justice Patrick McCarthy discharged the original jury this morning and swore in a new jury, so the trial had to begin again.

    The judge explained that the delay caused by last week's weather meant the trial would likely continue to next week and one of the original jurors has a prior commitment.

    It's the prosecution's case that Mr Tighe placed a 'bolus' of tissue in his baby son's throat which caused him to asphyxiate.

    The trial is continuing at the Central Criminal Court.

     

     

  • A paediatrician has told the trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his sixth month old baby son, that a child of that age cannot form a 'wad' of tissue with his hands.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering his baby son Joshua in June 2013 by placing tissue in his mouth.

    The court has heard that an object, comprising of two pieces of tissue, was taken from the baby's mouth during a post mortem examination.

    At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Dr Hilary Stokes, a paediatrician based in Mayo , said babies aged 6 months can crudely grasp objects, but could not compress the tissues and fashion it into a ''wad'' as they’re limited by their hand skills.

    She also said it's not possible for a six month old to chew the tissue into such a shape.

    Ms Stokes added that nobody would try and swallow something like that in one go, and a child would have brought it back up immediately.

    Dr Stokes will be cross examined by counsel for the defence today in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine women and three men.

     

  • A Roscommon man will be sentenced next month, after pleading guilty to attempting to murder a woman in the county last year.

    He had previously pleaded guilty to threatening to kill her and to harassing her over the previous days.

    38-year old Gerard Mooney of Castle Hill, Castlerea was before the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

    The Irish Times reports that he pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Stephanie Clifton on February 12th 2017 at Cartron, Carrick on Shannon.

    He had previously been arraigned before the court on a number of related counts and had pleaded guilty.

     

    Mr Mooney had admitted committing burglary on February 12th 2017 at the home of Stephen O’Donoghue in Cartron, Carrick on Shannon. This involved him entering as a trespasser and committing assault causing harm to Stephanie Clifton.

    He had also admitted to the possession of a shotgun, making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to Ms Clifton and the criminal damage of Mr O’Donoghue’s door on the same occasion.

    He had further pleaded guilty to harassing Ms Clifton by persistently following, watching, pestering or communicating with her between February 7th and 12th 2017.

    Gerard Mooney had been due to go on trial for the attempted murder next May, but that date was vacated on Monday following his guilty plea.

    Justice Michael White remanded the accused in custody for sentencing on Tuesday 18th December.

     

     

     

     

     

  • A 31-year-old Sligo man has pleaded not guilty of murder, but guilty of the manslaughter of musician Martin Kivlehan more than three years ago.

    Keith Brady of Cartron Estate, Sligo will go on trial before the Central Criminal Court tomorrow.

    Mr Brady was arraigned before the court this morning, and charged with murdering the 59-year-old on a date between 2nd and 3rd August 2015 at the New Apartments, Holborn Street in Sligo town.

    Mr Kivelhan was found with stab wounds to the neck.

    Keith Brady pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

    A jury of four women and eight men was sworn in to hear his trial, which will begin tomorrow before Ms Justice Carmel Stewart and is expected to last more than two weeks.

     

     

     

     

  • The trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his baby son has heard a 'bolus' of tissue was removed from the baby's throat during a post mortem.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo denies murdering six month old Joshua in June 2013.

    It's the Prosecution's case that John Tighe murdered his six month old son Joshua by placing a 'bolus' of tissue in his throat.

    Mr Tighe denies this, and maintains what happened was an accident.

    He made an emergency call on the day in question saying he believed his baby was choking after he had swallowed a baby wipe, while his back was turned for a second.

    Garda Fergus Maloney told the court he took photos as a post mortem was carried out on baby Joshua at Mayo General Hospital.

    He said his photos show an exhibit was removed from the baby's throat.

    He said this obstruction appeared to be 5.5cm in length and 3.5 cm in height and said it seemed to compile of tissue.

    A baby gro and an outer garment Joshua was wearing on the day he died were also shown to the jury.

    A forensic officer said he analysed blood which was on the clothing and said it matched the DNA profile of the sixth month old.

     

  • The trial of a Mayo man, accused of murdering his baby son, is in its closing stages at the Central Criminal Court.

    Yesterday, the prosecution said the death of 6-month old baby Joshua was not a simple accident, but murder.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old Joshua in June 2013 by placing two tissues in his mouth.

    In his closing speech, the Prosecuting barrister Paul Murray said there are ten inconsistencies with what the accused says happened that day and also asked the jury to look at the medical evidence.

    But the accused's barrister Mícheál P O’Higgins said John Tighe is a well-regarded man who rang doctors on the day his baby died which doesn't chime with an intention to kill.

    He also said the accused got back with the baby's mother after his death and they had another child together - saying she would hardly do that if she felt her partner was a baby killer.

    Mr O'Higgins will complete his closing speech in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy today.

     

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    The trial is due to get underway today of a Mayo man, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering his baby son five years ago.

    40-year old John Tighe  of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis pleaded not guilty to murdering baby Joshua at their home in June 2013.

    A jury was sworn in yesterday to hear the case at the Central Criminal Court.

    Justice Patrick McCarthy said the trial is likely to last two weeks.

     

     

     

  • A Leitrim woman has told a trial that she awoke twice from a drunken blackout to find two men raping her.

    The alleged rapes took place at the end of a party in a flat in a Co. Leitrim town.

    The two Leitrim men have pleaded not guilty to rape at a place in the county on a date in 2017. The second accused also denies a charge of oral rape.

    The defendants and the complainant are now aged in their 20s.

    The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court before Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury.