Criminal law



Craigavon Crown Court: Man who killed father’s partner on Christmas Day must serve 17 years before being considered for release

A man who killed his dad’s partner on Christmas Day 2017 has been sentenced to a minimum period of 17 years before he can be considered for release by the Parole Commissioners.

Published 19 March 2019

Court of Appeal: Unduly lenient sentence for attempted murder increased to 11 years

A man who pleaded guilty shortly before trial to offences of attempted murder, criminal damage, and resisting police, has had his sentence for attempted murder increased after the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal agreed with the Director of Public Prosecutions that the initial sentence was unduly lenient.

Published 12 March 2019

Belfast Crown Court: Dissident republican sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder of police officers

A dissident republican who was caught planting a bomb under a police officer’s car in 2015 has been sentenced to 25 years for the attempted murder of two police officers, together with a concurrent sentence of 20 years for possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Published 11 March 2019

High Court judge challenges DPP over 'last minute' disclosures ahead of rape and murder trials

A judge of the High Court has challenged the Director of Public Prosecutions to take steps to address the "last minute" disclosure of records for upcoming rape and murder trials.

Published 6 March 2019

Ireland must 'do better' for children in care who come into contact with justice system

Ireland must "do better" for the small minority of children in care who come into contact with the criminal justice system, according to new research on the link between care and justice.

Published 28 February 2019

Man committed to Central Mental Hospital after manslaughter conviction declared 'perverse'

A man has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital by the Court of Appeal after judges declared that a jury decision to find him guilty of manslaughter, despite unanimous expert opinion that he was legally insane, was "perverse".

Published 27 February 2019

Drink driving conviction referred back to court by Criminal Cases Review Commission

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has referred a Northern Ireland man's drink driving conviction to the County Court.

Published 14 February 2019

High Court: Accused was lawfully detained when giving urine sample two hours after drunk driving arrest

The lawfulness of a man’s detention was referred to the High Court by way of case stated, after a complaint was made regarding the two-hour delay in a doctor arriving at the Garda station for the purposes of taking a sample of urine.

Published 13 February 2019

Judge puts accent on tough love

A judge warned a teenager from Co Clare that he would be sent to Oberstown for so long that he would return home with a Dublin accent if he breached his bail conditions again, the Irish Examiner reports.

Published 7 February 2019

Man who sexually abused schoolgirl fails in attempt to introduce sexual history evidence

A man who sought to undermine the credibility of a schoolgirl he sexually abused by introducing text messages she exchanged with a 13-year-old boy as evidence has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 6 February 2019

Belfast Crown Court: Man must serve a minimum of 10 years for the murder of his friend

A man who stabbed his friend to death must serve a minimum of ten years' imprisonment before he can be considered for release by the Parole Commissioners.

Published 5 February 2019

Court of Appeal: Man who sexually assaulted his two-year-old son loses appeal against conviction

A man who was convicted of sexually assaulting his two-year-old son while the child’s mother was at work has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 4 February 2019

Downpatrick Crown Court: Six people sentenced for involvement in Bangor murder with 'paramilitary overtones'

Four men have been given life sentences for the murder of a man who was shot in front of his three-year-old child in Bangor in 2017.

Published 30 January 2019

Dr Conor Hanly: Anonymity for rape defendants?

Dr Conor Hanly, lecturer at NUI Galway School of Law and author of the 2009 book Rape and Justice in Ireland, writes for Irish Legal News today on the issue of anonymity for rape defendants.

Published 15 January 2019