Plea change in trial
A MAN being tried for the murder of his best friend has changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter. Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co Kildare, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy, Co Kildare, on April 6, 2013. Yesterday, Mr Wynne was rearraigned before the jury and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. Paul Coffey for the State said the plea was not acceptable to the DPP.
At the beginning of the trial Mr Wynne also pleaded not guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same occasion. On that date, however, he pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances.
Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co Laois, and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy, were also charged with murder. But they were rearraigned on Wednesday and both pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. The pleas were accepted by the DPP. The trial continues on Monday.
RISE IN FOOD ALLERGIES
THE number of people admitted to hospital suffering from the effects of food allergy is on the rise – but children are facing long delays to be seen by a specialist.
Figures supplied by Health Minister James Reilly show there were 65 admissions to hospital last year to treat the effects of food allergy, compared to 44 nearly a decade ago.
NO VERDICT IN STAB TRIAL
A JURY has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused of stabbing his former partner in Dublin.
Vesel Jahiri (33) of Louth Village, Dundalk – originally from Kosovo – had pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan (25) at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla in Dublin, on September 21, 2012. Mr Jahiri (33) had also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Ms Finnegan's brother.
STATE FIRM SOLD OFF
Seaweed processing company Arramara Teoranta has been sold to a Canadian multinational.
Acadian Seaplants Limited acquired the state-owned Arramara and will invest €2m in the company.
PATIENT HURT IN BLAST
A female patient was injured after her oxygen tank exploded when she lit up a cigarette outside a hospital while attached to the device.
The unidentified patient was attending the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk, Co Louth, on Thursday and suffered injuries.