| -0.2°C Dublin

Murderer fights extra sentence Prisoner loses €38k libel case

A MAN serving life for murder has brought a High Court challenge to an additional two-month sentence he received for having a phone in prison.

Charles Maher (28), jailed for murdering his friend in 2002, claims the District Court judge who gave him the consecutive sentence had acted outside his jurisdiction.

In the High Court yesterday, Maher, originally from Clonmel, Tipperary, who is in Limerick Prison, was granted leave to take judicial review proceedings against Judge Tom O'Donnell and the DPP following the District Court order of June 16 last making the two-month sentence consecutive to the life sentence. The matter was made returnable to the High Court early next month.

Prisoner loses €38k libel case

A house decorator, who shared prison accommodation with the "black widow" Catherine Nevin and the-body-in-the-suitcase killer Marina Sourovtzeva, has lost a €38,000 defamation claim against a Sunday newspaper.

Georgina Coleman, of Westend Gate, Cookstown, Tallaght, Dublin, had claimed that in November 2002 Ireland On Sunday had libelled her by publishing a picture of her celebrating in prison with convicted murderers.