Posts Tagged ‘ murder ’

Violent Start To 2014 As Seven Murdered So Far


Over the past few days we have been discovering the gruesome details of the murder of Thomas O’Gorman. The 39 year old researcher was killed after an argument involving a game of chess. According to reports one of his lungs was removed and has not been located. Saverio Bellante, the man charged with Mr O’Gorman’s murder, told Gardai at the scene that he had eaten the victim’s heart but it seems likely now that Bellante actually consumed the man’s lung.

This grotesque incident has been heralded as the worst witnessed by Gardaí and crime scene investigators in some time. While this case is particularly shocking and unveils the frightening extremes of suffering one person can inflict on another, it is actually just one of seven violent deaths that have taken place in Ireland since the New Year. Continue reading

News in Brief- McGuinness & Healy Rae Slip Up As C Word Banned From The Dàil


So last week we were feeling optimistic, this week we find out burglary, extortion and hijacking offences are up 34 per cent. But murder is down! Hurrah! But let’s not dwell . . .

In an online report ’controversial’ politician Michael Healy-Rae has apparently called for rural dwellers to be allowed to own guns to protest themselves. No that wasn’t a typo by News in Brief. But presumably a rather large one online. Else the austerity protests are about to take a nasty turn. Continue reading

Gardaì Appeal For Information After Convicted Drug Dealer Shot Dead

cabraGardaí have issued an appeal for information on the murder of a convicted drug dealer who shot dead in Dublin last night.

Father of one Paul Cullen was shot dead as he had a drink with members of his family at the Cabra House pub, or The Oasis as it is known to locals.  Continue reading

Lead Detective In Pistorius Murder Case To Face Attempted Murder Charges

opThe lead detective in the murder case of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is facing attempted murder charges for opening fire at a minibus containing seven people. Continue reading

Man Charged With Murdering Mother Of Three

odA 36 year old man has been charged with murder following the death of a mother of three in Cork. Continue reading

Dig Underway as Gardai Believe Missing Mum To Be Was Murdered

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Aoife Phelan have begun a dig on land at the back of a house in County Laois.

Ms Phelan was four months pregnant when she went missing from a friend’s home in Portlaoise twelve days ago. Gardaí believe the case has now shifted from that of a missing person to a murder probe.

Detectives searched a house on the Timahoe Road overnight and have now started a dig on adjoining land.

A 24-year-old man who was arrested yesterday is still being questioned at Portlaoise Garda Station in connection with the investigation.

It is understood the local man is known to Ms Phelan.

Murder Investigation Under Way After Body Found At Nursing Home

A murder investigation is under way this evening after the body of a man was found at a nursing home in Dublin.

The body of the man, who is in his seventies, was found with numerous stab wounds at the Ravensdale nursing home in Kimmage. The body was recovered by fire and rescue services who were called to a fire at the scene.

It is believed the perpetrator started the fire in an attempt to conceal the murder.

The murder weapon has since been recovered at the scene.

 Gardaí at Sundrive Road have now begun a murder investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at 01-6666600.

They are anxious to speak to anyone who visited the retirement home today or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area.

Murder Trial Continues As Defendant Confesses to Hitting Friend With Rock

 “I only hit him two or three times” was the explanation given by Thomas O` Connor to the gardai, after being accused of murdering his best friend by hitting him with a rock.

Thomas O` Connor, of Greystones, was accused of murdering John O Brien on June 4 2010 and has pleaded not guilty. In an interview, upon being arrested, Mr O Connor insisted “I only hit him two or three times”, but agreed, when asked, that it was possible that he had lost control during the row, during which he claims he was hit also, by the victim. O Connor is quoted as saying “ I knew I had done serious damage but I didn’t think I had killed him,”

Detective Sergeant Eamonn O Neill said that O`Connor made a map for gardaì, as it would be impossible for them to find the rock used otherwise. He also stated that the accused did not accept a solicitor and answered every question posed, even though he did not, lawfully, have to.

Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis examined the body and reported that a large part of the skull was shattered. He decided that O Brien died of catastrophic brain injury due to blunt force trauma to the head. This could have been caused by the rock he had been hit with.

Dr Curtis also stated that the victim had been intoxicated at the time of his death. His blood alcohol level was 236 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood, but he had not been taking drugs at the time of death.

The trial continues, presided over by Mr Justice Barry White.