Murder Trial

  • A Mayo man on trial for murdering his baby son told Gardai he did all he could to save his child’s life.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old baby Joshua by placing tissue in his mouth on June 1st 2013..

    A year later, Mr Tighe gave voluntary interviews to gardai about what happened that day.

    He told them he had changed Joshua’s nappy and had gone to the bathroom for no more than five minutes.

    He came back, moved Joshua out onto the sitting room and thought something wasn’t right.

    He said his baby was blue, he knew something was wrong and thought he was choking on something.

    The court he rang Westdoc and asked for help.

    He told them his son may have swallowed a tissue or a wipe as they were the only things in his room.

    At first he said he couldn’t see anything in his baby’s mouth but later said he thought he could see an obstruction in the back of his throat.

    John Tighe said he was in bits that day.

    He said he did all he could, but to no avail.

     

  • The jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of a Mayo man accused of killing his baby son five years ago.

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

    The jurors have three verdicts open to them: guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.

     

  • The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Sligo has been discharged, after three jurors contacted the court to indicate they were not in a position to attend.

    The 12-member jury panel was scheduled to hear closing speeches in the murder trial of 34-year old Rafal Karaczyn from Crozon Park, Sligo who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year old wife Natalia Karaczyn at their family home in Sligo between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the Central Criminal Court that the trial did not have a full complement of 12 jurors, as three had contacted the court to say they could not attend.

    Senior counsel Bernard Condon for the DPP told the judge his instructions were to ask that the jury be discharged and for the case to return to the list to fix dates.

    He said nobody knows when the trial could resume, and it would be unfair on jury members to be expected to re-assemble at some unknown point in the future.

    Mr Karaczyn was then remanded in custody with consent to bail, under the same terms and conditions, until March 30th.

  • 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 trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Sligo has heard she had defensive wounds on her arm, and died from manual strangulation.

    Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park, Sligo has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter, but denies murdering his wife between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    In the Garda interviews presented to the jurors so far, Rafal Karaczyn repeatedly denied killing his wife Natalia. He told them she was the mother of his children, and he loved her.

    He said they were on a "break" at the time, and while he was aware she was cheating on him, he claimed he had accepted it and wanted to move on.

    He claimed he saw her lying on her bed with her clothes still on one morning, and removed her from the house when he realised she was dead because he feared he'd get the blame.

    He brought Gardaí to the spot where he left her body.

    A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxia due to the application of external pressure to her neck.

    Gardaí put it to Mr. Karaczyn that he killed her because he was angry and jealous. He denied that was the case, and told them to look out for a 6ft man with red hair and a beard, whom he claimed put a gun to his head a few weeks beforehand and told him Natalia had "messed with the wrong woman"

    The case continues.

  • A medical expert has told the trial of a man accused of murdering his baby son, that there was damage in the baby’s throat that the child couldn’t have done to himself.

    John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in Mayo is accused of murdering his six month old by placing two different tissues in his mouth.

    It’s the Prosecution’s case that John Tighe murdered his six month old son Joshua by placing a wad of tissue into his mouth at their Mayo home in June 2013.
    The 40 year old has pleaded not guilty and told gardai he believed his son started choking after he swallowed a wipe while he had gone to the bathroom.
    A paediatric pathologist Dr Roger David Gibbs Malcomson gave evidence to the court this afternoon via video link of analysing baby Joshuas’ post mortem results.
    He said there was damage to the back of the baby’s throat which had been caused by traumatic injury – a physical application of force – which the baby wouldn’t have been able to do to himself.
    He also said it wasn’t credible that a 6 month old could ingest two different tissues and cause an obstruction. 
    Under cross examination, the medical expert agreed someone who is panicking when resuscitating a baby may be a bit more heavy handed than someone who is calm or trained.

  • The Prosecution has begun its closing speech in the trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his baby son five years ago.

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

    The Prosecution barrister told the jury there are ten inconsistencies in the various accounts given by Mr Tighe about what happened that day.

    He also said the baby's mother had indicated she was in a new relationship on Facebook the day before the death.

  • 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.