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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind".
Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind".
Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

    61 - Retrial: The murder of Jong Ok Shin

    61 - Retrial: The murder of Jong Ok Shin

    On 12th July, 2002 Jong Ok Shin a Korean language student was brutally murdered while living in Bournemouth. A local drug addicted man, Omar Benguit was quickly identified as the prime suspect. 
    But shortly after, it would emerge that at the time of Ms Shin's death, a man that had committed two murders, was living just streets away. 
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    Sources:
    R v Omar Benguit [2014] EWCA Crim 690 https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2014/690.html
    Tom Rawstorne, “A body in an Italian church, locks of stolen hair... and a chilling link to this British mother's murder” in The Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1262663/A-body-Italian-church-locks-stolen-hair---chilling-link-British-mothers-murder.html#ixzz1nD1KzOvo (1 April 2010) 
    “Man with fetish for cutting women's hair 'murdered and mutilated mother-of-two'” in The Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387595/Danilo-Restivo-murdered-mutilated-mother-Heather-Barnett.html#ixzz1n342DCRI (17 May 2011) 
    Jane Reader, “Killer Danilo Restivo fighting plans to deport him to Italy by claiming right to family” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11019440.killer-danilo-restivo-fighting-plans-to-deport-him-to-italy-by-claiming-right-to-family-life/ (19 February 2014) 
    Paula Roberts and Andy Martin, “Heather Barnett jury told of 'deliberate false alibi' by Danilo Restivo” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9032958.heather-barnett-jury-told-of-deliberate-false-alibi-by-danilo-restivo/ (18 May 2011) 
    Paula Roberts, “Law chiefs to discuss Omar Benguit's bid for freedom” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo
    https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9916854.law-chiefs-to-discuss-omar-benguits-bid-for-freedom/ (7 September 2012) 
    Tobias Jones, “Danilo Restivo's murder conviction is just the tip of the iceberg” in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jun/29/danilo-restivo-murder-conviction-iceberg (29 June 2011) 
    Steven Morris, “How Damilo Restivo was caught” in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jun/29/how-danilo-restivo-was-caught (29 June 2011) 
    Paula Roberts, “Student's killer's case reviewed as Danilo Restivo is made a suspect” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9553795.student-killers-case-reviewed-as-danilo-restivo-is-made-a-suspect/ (25 February 2012)
    Andy Martin

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    60 - Siege: The death of John Carthy

    60 - Siege: The death of John Carthy

    In April of 2000, 27 year old John Carthy, who suffered from bi-polar disorder, barricaded himself in his family home while in the throws of a manic episode. The gardai were called, and soon the old, dilapidated bungalow was surrounded by armed officers. 
    What followed was a standoff that lasted over 24 hours, and resulted in the tragic death of John. 
    But where the gardai responsible?
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    Sources:
    Mr Justice Robert Barr, Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the Facts and Circumstances surrounding the Fatal Shooting of John Carthy at Abbeylara, Co. Longford on 20 April 2000. (Government Publications Office, July 2006) Find it here (http://www.mulley.net/BarrTribunalReport/BarrTribunalReportIndex.html)
    Marie Carthy, My Brother John: A Sister's Story (Dublin: Hodder Headline, 2007) Purchase it here (https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Brother-John-Abbeylara-depression-ebook/dp/B008Q08SZK/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=my+brother+john&qid=1580510219&sr=8-6)  
    Regina Hennelly, Abbeylara: The Tragic Shooting of John Carthy (Dublin: O'Brien Press, 2007) 

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    59 - A Miscarriage of Justice: Nora Wall

    59 - A Miscarriage of Justice: Nora Wall

    In 1996, former nun with the Sisters of Mercy Nora Wall was accused of rape by a girl who had formerly been in her care at a group home in Cappoquin, Co Waterford. Alongside her, a homeless man, Paul "Pablo" McCabe, who had once been resident at the same institution was also implicated.
    The two went to trial, but the affair would later be declared a miscarriage of justice. 
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    Sources:
    Brendan Farrelly and Aideen Sheehan, “Ex-nun helped man in brutal sex attack on girl” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/exnun-helped-man-in-brutal-sex-attack-on-girl-26146877.html (11 June 1999)   
    Aideen Sheehan, “Tears of relief as jury finds victim was no liar” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/tears-of-relief-as-jury-finds-victim-was-no-liar-26146883.html (11 June 1999)   
    Aideen Sheehan and Jerome Reilly, “The Sister of No Mercy” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/the-sister-of-no-mercy-26146982.html (12 June 1999)   
    Sean O'Driscoll, “Silence in court as ex-nun is convicted” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/silence-in-court-as-exnun-is-convicted-26259703.html (13 June 1999)   
    Geraldine Collins, “Rapist nun was sacked from job by Order” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rapist-nun-was-sacked-from-job-by-order-26146991.html (12 June 1999)   
    “Sr Dominic's victim speaks out” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sr-dominics-victim-speaks-out-26259699.html (13 June 1999)   
    “Rape victim says she intends to sue nuns and the State” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rape-victim-says-she-intends-to-sue-nuns-and-the-state-26147097.html (14 June 1999)   
    Rita O'Reilly, “Ex-nun gets life for rape” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/exnun-gets-life-for-rape-26145053.html (24 July 1999)   
    Aideen Sheehan, “Life for the nun who raped a child” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/life-for-the-nun-who-raped-a-child-26145049.html (24 July 1999)   
    Aideen Sheehan, “Rapist nun will ask courts to free her today” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rapist-nun-will-ask-courts-to-free-her-today-26145406.html (27 July 1999)   
    Senan Moloney, “Judges quash former nun's rape conviction” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/judges-quash-former-nuns-rape-conviction-26145504.html (28 July 1999)   
    Kevin Moore, “Ex-nun caught on a legal see-saw” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/exnun-caught-on-a-legal-seesaw-26260363.html (1 August 1999)   
    “DPP may order retrial for freed rape case nun” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/dpp-may-order-retrial-for-freed-rape-case-nun-26130670.html (2 November 1999)   
    Liz Allen "Retrial rules out for former nun in rape case debacle” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/retrial-ruled-out-for-former-nun-in-rape-case-debacle-26261712.html (14 November 1999)   
    Brian Dowling, “Errors that led to great legal debacle” in The Irish Independent http

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    58 - Murder by Mistake: Melanie McCarthy McNamara

    58 - Murder by Mistake: Melanie McCarthy McNamara

    Gangs and drugs effect nearly every community. But in 2012, the Dublin suburb of Tallaght was shocked by the spillover of violence. 16 year old Melanie McCarthy McNamara was shot while she sat in the back of a parked car on a residential street. The gunman had shot from the back of a black SUV and sped off immediately. 
    Two men alleged to be involved in drugs locally were identified by gardai, and after protracted court battles have found themselves in prison in relation to Melanie's killing.
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    Sources:
    Conor Lally and Stephen Carroll, “ Youngest victim of gang crime was not target, gardai say” in The Irish Times (9 February 2012) p. 1.   
    Conor Lally, “Girl was killed in well-planned attack, say gardai” in The Irish Times (9 February 2012) p. 3.   
    Stephen Carroll, “Residents express shock at violence against 'young girl'” in The Irish Times (9 February 2012) p. 3.   
    Conor Lally, “Gardai identify two men linked to murder of Tallaght teenager” in The Irish Independent (10 February 2012) p. 5.   
    Conor Lally, “Suspects in girl's murder on run in Ireland” in The Irish Times (11 February 2012) p. 7. 
    “Two arrested over Dublin teen killing” in The Irish Times (17 February 2012) p. 6.   
    Mark Hennessy, “London funeral for shooting victim” in The Irish Times (18 February 2012) p. 7.   
    Pamela Duncan, “Man charged with shotgun murder of teenager” in The Irish Times (22 February 2012) p. 4.   
    “Teenager in court on drugs charges denied bail” in The Irish Times (4 May 2012) p. 4.  
    Conor Lally, Man to appear in court over fatal shooting of teenager” in The Irish Times (2 October 2012) p. 6.   
    “Youth (17) charged with murder of teenage girl” in The Irish Times (3 October  2012) p. 8.  
    “Teenager faces murder trial” in The Irish Times (10 October 2012) p. 4.   
    “Man jailed for 20 years over fatal drive-by shooting of teenager in car” in The Irish Times (1 August 2013) p. 6.   
    Conor Lally, “Man jailed for death of girl is scalded” in The Irish Times (13 September 2013) p. 9.   
    “Teenager pleads not guilty to murder of girl (16) in Tallaght” in The Irish Times (14 January 2014) p. 6.  
    Natasha Reid, “Murder accused 'boasted about shooting girl'” In The Irish Times ( 15 January 2014) p. 6.   
    Natasha Reid, “Hospital staff tell murder trial of efforts to save girl” in The Irish Times (16 January 2014) p. 16.   
    “Youth was a protected prisoner” in The Irish Times (22 January 2014) p. 6.   
    “Murder accused admits writing letters on killing” in The Irish Times (23 January 2014) p. 6.   
    “Youth found guilty of murder” in The Irish Times (25 January 2014) p. 6.   
    Ireland's Teen Killers TV3 (May 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol21ZJshVKg 
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    • 56 min
    57 - Unsolved: The murder of Grace Livingstone

    57 - Unsolved: The murder of Grace Livingstone

    In 1992, a murder unlike any other happened in the quiet seaside town of Malahide. Grace Livingstone (56) was bound and then shot in the head in her own home. 
    Gardai initially suspected that the culprit was someone close to her - Grace's husband, Jim. But Jim himself suspected that whoever was responsible had taken their displeasure for him, and his position at the Irish taxing authority, out on poor Grace.
    Her murder remains unsolved.
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    Sources:
    Tom Connolly, Detective: A Life Upholding the Law  (Dublin: O'Brien Press, 2015) Purchase here (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Detective-Life-Upholding-Tom-Connolly-ebook/dp/B010545I0W/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=)
    Barry Cummins, The Cold Case Files (Dublin: Gill & McMillan, 2012)   Purchase here (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-Case-Files-Missing-Unsolved-ebook/dp/B007W1OC2M/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Barry+Cummins%2C+The+Cold+Case+Files&qid=1575995854&s=digital-text&sr=1-2)
    Alison Healy, “Brutal murder of Grace Livingstone remains a mystery” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/brutal-murder-of-grace-livingstone-remains-a-mystery-1.911499 (10 April 2008)   
    Meave Sheehan, “Unsolved Crimes: How Grace Livingstone's killer got away with murder” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/special-reports/unsolved-crimes-how-grace-livingstones-killer-got-away-with-murder-34944717.html (7 August 2016)   
    Juno McEnroe, “Murder suspect cleared 15 years after wife's death” in The Irish Examiner https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/icrime/murder-suspect-cleared-15-years-after-wifes-death-59911.html (10 April 2008)   
    Juno McEnroe, “Sergeant deliberately misled gardai, court hears” in The Irish Examiner https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/icrime/sergeant-deliberately-misled-gardai-court-hears-59472.html (4 April 2008)   
    Cormac Looney, “Cut on face is key to Livingstone cold case”  The Evening Herald  https://www.herald.ie/news/cut-on-face-is-key-to-livingstone-cold-case-27931245.html (10 November 2009) 
    Cathal Dervan. “Tax Inspector claims that IRA killed his wife” from IrishCentral.com (http://irishcentral.com/) https://www.irishcentral.com/news/tax-inspector-claims-that-ira-killed-his-wife-117484833-237373581 (6 March 2011)   
    Historical weather data via: https://www.met.ie/climate/available-data/historical-data 

    • 35 min
    56 - Predator: The deaths of Patricia McGauley & Mary Cummins

    56 - Predator: The deaths of Patricia McGauley & Mary Cummins

    1990 was a decade of missing women. We remember the names of the unfound - Annie McCarrick, Eva Brennan, Jo Jo Dollard, Deirdre Jacob. 
    The names Patricia McGauley and Mary Cummins were once on that list. These two women disappeared from Dublin in the space of a year, and it wasn't until a large scale review of cases of missing women from Dublin that a startling link was discovered between the two women. 
    Both of them had unknowingly spent time with a predator: Michael Bambrick.
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    Sources:
    Stephen Rae, Killers:Murders in Ireland (Dublin: Blackwater Press, 1998) p.p. 67 - 80.
    “Murder accused seeks early trial” in TheIrishTimes (8 December 1995) p. 4.   
    Bernard Condon BL, “Life sentence not available where  manslaughter plea is accepted by DPP” in The Irish Times (7 October 1996) p 20.   
    “Remand in double murder case” in The Irish Times (27 October 1995) p. 4.   
    “Man faces charges in 2 murders” in The Irish Times (21 October 1995) p. 4. 
    “Man admits manslaughter of two women discovered by Garda dig” in The Irish Times (4 May 1996) 
    “Garda evidence leaked to media before case was proven in court” in The Irish Times (25 July 1996) p. 4.   
    “Bambrick admits  women died when he gagged them during intercourse” in The Irish Times (18 July 1996) p. 4 
    Jim Cusack, “Disappearances occurred during a most violent period” in The Irish Times (11 September 2001) p. 9.   
    Jim Cusack, “Missing women believed buried in the Dublin area” in The Irish Times , (20 May 1995) p. 7.   
    Marie O'Halloran, “Missing woman's sister believes she is dead” in The Irish Times (14 April 1995) p. 6.   
    Jim Cusack, “Arrested man brought gardai to locations of women's bodies” in The Irish Times (27 June 1995) p. 1.   
    “Forensic tests on women's bodies” in The Irish Times (1 July 1995) p. 4. 
    “Charges in murder cases expected” in The Irish Times (20 October 1995) p. 6.   
    “Double sex killer gets 18-year jail sentence” in The Irish Times (27 July 1996) p. 6.   
    Frank Kilfeather and Jim Cusack, “Skull found at Garda dig after arrest over alleged sexual assaults” in The Irish Times (26 June 1995) p. 1.   
    Jim Cusack, “Serial killer theory gains ground,” in The Irish Independent (26 September 1998) p. 9. 
    Jim Cusack, “Garda search on site for body continues” in The Irish Times (28 June 1995) p. 3.    
    Jim Cusack, “Murdered women were dismembered, say gardai” in The Irish Independent (30 June 1995) p. 1.   

    • 56 min

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