The Supreme Court has refused to hear a further appeal by a jailed sex offender who made three young girls take Polaroid pictures of themselves as he sexually abused them.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a further appeal by a jailed sex offender who made three young girls take Polaroid pictures of themselves as he (...)

Dariusz Alchimionek leaving Tullamore Circuit Court after his sentencing. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

When a jury found Dariusz Alchimionek (44) guilty of the manslaughter of 19-year-old John Gorman in 2017, the victim’s family cheered while the lawyer(...)

Brother of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Seamus (centre) leaves the Central Criminal Court   after Michael Ferris was sentenced to five years for the killing of Anthony O’Mahony (73) in  Co Kerry. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins.

Provocation, a defence which judges have repeatedly said requires significant reform, is used in a quarter of all murder trials. Ireland is unique am(...)

Niece of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Ann O’Carroll: her uncle  died when Martin Ferris drove a teleporter into him after a decades-long row. Photograph: Collins Courts

Provocation as a legal defence to murder comes from the days when men tended to be armed and were honour-bound to avenge any personal insult “by insta(...)

The jury was instructed by Judge Keenan Johnson that “the only logical verdict” was not guilty by reason of insanity

A man who was jailed for six years for manslaughter despite the State accepting he was legally insane at the time of the incident is to appeal his cas(...)

Protesters in Belfast following the unanimous not-guilty verdict. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The young woman was visibly shaking as she stood just a few feet in front of the three men accused of raping her. The judge had ordered her to stand (...)

Mr Justice Alan Mahon said the decision to permit the jury’s visit to the chute in the absence of an application from either the defence or the prosecution was technically unlawful

A Cork man found guilty of murdering a man he assaulted and forced into the refuse chute of an apartment building, where he got snagged and died, has (...)

Dubliner Linda Mulhall has been released at the expiry of her 15-year manslaughter sentence for her role in the killing of  Farah Swaleh Noor (39), a native of Kenya, on March 20th, 2005. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

A woman jailed for a notorious killing involving the dismembering of a man’s remains has been released from prison. Dubliner Linda Mulhall has been r(...)

Melanie McCarthy McNamara: shot dead in Tallaght in 2012

The Court of Appeal has been told that a man serving life for the murder of Melanie McCarthy McNamara is suffering from a “psychiatric illness”. Dani(...)

Hungarian national Tamas Vecernyes (29), with a last address in Cork, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape  on September 9th, 2009. The Court of Appeal reduced the  sentence to eight years with three suspended on Tuesday following an appeal. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A man who raped a woman in her apartment after she invited him in for drinks with friends has had his eight-year jail term cut to five years on appeal(...)

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