A man who murdered his infant son 17 years ago is seeking to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice on grounds that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in recent years.
Dr Margot Bolster, the Assistant State Pathologist, gave evidence that the cause of death was mechanical asphyxia, associated positional asphyxia and hypoxia or lack of oxygen due to being trapped inside the chute.
For decades Christy Keane’s family ran a sizeable coal delivery business from their base in St Mary’s Park, better known as the Island Field. He soon discovered his delivery business was an ideal cover to get into drugs.
The inquest into the death of an elderly woman who died in a nursing home has found that suffocation by smothering with a pillow was the cause of death, in line with “circumstantial evidence”, even though there were no “identifiable” asphyxial signs on her body.
An ex-Republican Paramilitary, who left the jurisdiction after he was “detected” for the rape and sexual abuse two young girls in the Republic of Ireland, has had his prison sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.
A murder trial witness said the accused first jokingly called a 59-year-old homeless man a paedophile and a kiddy-fiddler, then said it seriously and assaulted him, dragged him out of a flat, and came back saying “he has gone down the drain”.
The senior judge of the Central Criminal Court was praised in tributes from lawyers in Cork on the occasion of his last visit as a judge – and his own seven-word reply made his feelings clear about his forthcoming retirement from the bench: “There is nothing voluntary about my going.”
“Any other child that is out there that has been abused or raped, I think they should really come forward and not let anyone else cut them down for what has happened to them. They’re the innocent ones. They’re not the sex offender.”
A man whose neighbour allowed him to rape her daughter repeatedly over a three-year period from the age of five has been sentenced to 14 years in prison following a finding last year by the Court of Appeal that his original eight-year-sentence was too lenient.