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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.

    80 - Trauma: The murder of Wayne McQuillan

    80 - Trauma: The murder of Wayne McQuillan

    In the early hours New Year's day, 2014 Wayne McQuillan stumbled out of a house in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda Co Louth. He was covered in blood. Paula Farrell, his partner would face trial for his murder three times.

    But did she have a defence? 

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    Sources:

     https://www.casemine.com/judgement/uk/5da049134653d07b2518fe84

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/arid-30991100.html

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/woman-claiming-provocation-has-murder-conviction-quashed-1.3537850

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/woman-allegedly-stabbed-partner-four-times-murder-trial-told-1.2261549

    ‘Woman charged with murder of Drogheda man Wayne McQuillan’  Tom Tuite, The Irish Times, January 3rd 2014

    https://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.4195619?q=Paula+Farrell+wayne&sortOrder=newest

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/mother-of-three-charged-with-murdering-boyfriend-granted-christmas-bail-1.4121857

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/hung-jury-in-trial-of-louth-woman-charged-with-murdering-boyfriend-1.3971191

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/woman-charged-with-murder-after-drogheda-stabbing-1.1642165

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/woman-told-neighbours-not-to-call-ambulance-after-fatal-stabbing-trial-told-1.4194509

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/murder-accused-intended-to-at-least-seriously-injure-her-partner-court-told-1.4211982

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/murder-trial-jury-must-decide-if-accused-woman-was-provoked-1.4213163

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/criminal-court/woman-found-guilty-of-murdering-partner-in-co-louth-1.4215876

    https://www.thesun.ie/news/5287200/coronavirus-in-ireland

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    79 - Savage: The murder of James Healy

    79 - Savage: The murder of James Healy

    In February of 1996, 16 year old James Healy was found brutally beaten in a field near his home in Tralee. It wouldn't be long before gardai zeroed in on their prime suspect - a 25 year old man diagnosed with anti social personality disorder. 

    In fact, police feared that he would one day murder.

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    Sources:

    Dick Hogan, “Passers-by find battered body in Tralee field” in The Irish Times (26 February 1997) p. 5.

    “Delay in removing body is criticised” in The Irish Times (27 February 1997) p 7.

    Dick Hogan, “Tanaiste is appalled body was left out for 24 hours” in The Irish Times (28 February 1997) p. 6.

    Dick Hogan, “Senior gardai rule out drug link with Kerry death” in The Irish Times (3 March 1997) p. 4.

    “Tralee man is remanded on murder charge” in The Irish Times (24 March 1997) p. 6.

    “Tralee in fear of man accused of murder, High Court judge told” in The Irish Independent (1 April 1998) p. 4.

    “Tralee man on trial for murder of youth (16)” in The Irish Times (10 November 1998) p. 4

    “Murdered teenager suffered 'litany of injuries' court told” in The Irish Times (11 November 1998) p. 5.

    “Body find fuelled mother's fears for missing son, murder trial told” in The Irish Times (12 November 1998) p. 10.

    “Witness says Kerry man told him he had killed teenager” in The Irish Times (13 November 1998) p. 6.

    “Teenage witness tells of murder secret” in The Irish Times (14 November 1998) p. 4.

    “Murder trial witness accused of telling a 'pack of lies'” in The Irish Times (17 November 1998) p. 9.

    “Murder trial witness says he lied to garda” in The Irish Times (18 November 1998) p. 4.

    “Mother of man charged with murder denies attributing remark to her son” in The Irish Times (20 November 1998) p. 6.

    “Murder accused 'said he knew who did it'” in The Irish Times (10 December 1998) p. 4.

    “Victim's short cut home led to death, murder trial told” in The Irish Times (11 December 1998) p. 4.

    “Accused named body, court told” in The Irish Times (12 December 1998) p. 4.

    “Doctors tell of tests on accused man” in The Irish Times (17 December 1998) p. 4.

    “Accused said he killed youth in drugs row, court told” in The Irish Times (18 December 1998) p. 21.

    “Gardai planned to trap accused, court is told” in The Irish Times

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    78 - The Field: The killing of Paddy Daly

    78 - The Field: The killing of Paddy Daly

    In January of 1996, 69 year old bachelor farmer Paddy Daly went missing from his home just outside Killarney in Co. Kerry. His family told the press and the police that they were baffled as to what had become of him.

    Six days later, Paddy's body was found in a well on the family farm, covered in stones and sand. He had been beaten to death. Two members of his family were charged with his murder.

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    Sources:

    Mairead Carey, “Gardai discover body of missing elderly man in farmyard well” in The Irish Times (24 January 1996) p. 5

    Dick Hogan, “Nephew of dead man was he had no enemies, trouble” in The Irish Times (25 January 1996) p. 7.

    John Maher, “Kildare woman died from stabbing to heart” in The Irish Times (26 January 1996) p. 1.

    Dick Hogan, “Kerry farmer was beaten badly before his death” in The Irish Times (26 January 1996) p. 5

    Dick Hogan, “Community will take a long time to recover from Daly murder, priest tells mourners” in The Irish Times (27 January 1996) p. 7.

    Dick Hogan, “Piece of blue twine led gardai to discover farmer's body in well” in The Irish Times (27 January 1996) p. 7

    “Search of farm for murder weapon continues” in The Irish Times (29 January 1996) p. 9

    “Second charged in murder case” in The Irish Times (10 February 1996) p. 3.

    “Father and son accused of murdering relative are granted bail” in The Irish Times (20 February 1996) p. 4.

    “Man gives details of role in killing of uncle” in The Irish Times (23 April 1998) p. 6

    “Prosecution and defence make closing speeches in murder trial” in The Irish Times (25 April 1998) p. 4.

    “Jury discharged after failure to reach a verdict in murder trial” in The Irish Times (29 April 1998)

    “Trial of farmer on murder charge adjourned” in The Irish Times (17 July 1998) p. 4.

    “Man (74) on trial for murder of brother on farm” in The Irish Times (28 June 1999) p. 4

    “Accused in murder trial says he was ill in bed” in The I

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    77 - The Murder of Georgina Eager

    77 - The Murder of Georgina Eager

    In May of 2003, family members discovered the body of Georgina Eager in the bedroom of her flat. The knife used to kill her was still protruding from her neck. A man was arrested shortly after in London, who admitted to killing the 28 year old receptionist.

    This would lead to a prosecution for murder in London, the first case of a crime committed in Ireland being tried in the United Kingdom under an obscure law dating from 1861, avoiding the lengthy extradition process.

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    Sources:

    Conor Lally, “Man questioned in London after Wicklow woman's body is found” in The Irish Times (24 May 2003) p. 8.

    Conor Lally, “Man charged in London with Dublin murder” in The Irish Times (27 May 2003) p. 7.

    “Murder accused in London court” in The Irish Times (4 June 2003) p. 4.

    “Inquest into woman's death” in The Irish Times (17 September 2003) p. 4.

    Joe Humphries, “London trial for Dublin crime queried” in The Irish Times (6 August 2005) p. 4.

    Chris Dooley, “Therapist arrested in London on night body found” in The Irish Times (9 August 2005) p. 3.

    Chris Dooley, “Murder trial is told of distressed phone call” in The Irish Times (10 August 2005) p. 3

    Chris Dooley, “Cash taken from dead woman's account” in The Irish Times (11 August 2005) p. 4.

    Chris Dooley, “Killer of Irish woman had medical knowledge, court told” in The Irish Times (12 August 2005) p. 4.

    Chris Dooley, “Murder accused 'lost €1900' in casino” in The Irish Times (13 August 2005) p. 4.

    Chris Dooley, “A change in career that ended in death” in The Irish Times (13 August 2005) p. 102

    Martin Wall, “Therapist refused to accept victim was dead” in The Irish Times (16 August 2005 ) p. 4

    Martin Wall, “Friends did not know of affair with accused, trial told” in The Irish Times (17 August 2005) p. 5.

    Martin Wall, “Murder trial hears victim was in fear of accused” in The Irish Times (18 August 2005) p. 8.

    Martin Wall, “Murder trial told of bloodstains” in The Irish Times (19 August 2005) p. 9.

    Martin Wall, “London murder jury shown knife” in The Irish Times(20 August 2005) p. 5.

    Martin Wall, “Woman killed in 'see-saw struggle' for knife” in The Irish Times (23 August 2005) p. 5.

    Martin Wall, “Man 'cannot accept' he killed woman” in The Irish Times (24 August 2005) p. 4.

    Joe Humphries, “Accused describes 'struggle' over knife” in The Irish Times (25 August 2005) p. 4.

    Joe Humphries, “Newman challenged on

    • 59 min
    76 - House of Horrors: Cork's Missing Men

    76 - House of Horrors: Cork's Missing Men

    Just before Christmas 1994, Patch O'Driscoll went missing from his bedsit in Cork City. When the garda investigation began into his missing persons case, it was discovered two other men had also disappeared from the very same house on Wellington Terrace. Though there was no evidence of a crime scene inside the large dilapidated building, the cause was certainly within. 

    But there would be few answers and no justice in the case.

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    Sources: 

    Dick Cross, “Concern grows over missing trio mystery” in The Irish Independent (14 February 1995) p. 4. 

    “Fear for safety of missing 3 men” in The Evening Herald (14 February 1995) p. 1 

    Stephen Rae and Dick Cross, “Mystery deepens as flats trio disappear” in The Evening Herald (14 February 1995) p. 4 

    “Missing men baffle gardai” in The Evening Herald (15 February 1995) p. 4. 

    Dick Cross, “Gardai draw a total blank in search for missing trio” in The Irish Independent (15 February 1995) p. 3. 

    Dick Cross and Michael Quinn, “Sighting reports in missing men mystery” in The Irish Independent (16 February 1995) p. 6. 

    Anne Marie O'Connor, “I'm sure he's still alive, says father” in The Wexford People (16 February 1995) p.p. 1,3. 

    Dick Cross, “Missing man left prize unclaimed” in The Irish Independent (17 February 1995) p. 3. 

    "The waiting game” in The Irish Independent (18 February 1995) p. 6. 

    “Evidence points to macabre findings” in The Irish Independent (18 February 1995) 6. 

    “Occult link now thought unlikely” in The Irish Independent (18 February 1995) p. 6. 

    Feargal Keane, “Missing Cork three feared dead” in The Sunday Tribune (19 February 1995) p. 4. 

    Ann Cahill, “Gardai believe missing Cork trio are dead' in The Sunday Independent (19 February 1995) p. 3. 

    Stephen Rae and Dick Cross, “Missing men 'killed'” in The Evening Herald (20 February 1995) p. 13. 

    Dick Cross, “Gardai draw a blank in hunt for trio” in The Irish Independent (21 February 1990) p. 7. 

    “Search goes ahead” in The Irish Independent (23 February 1995)

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    75 - Pathological: The murders of Lesley Clarke & Trevor Buchanan

    75 - Pathological: The murders of Lesley Clarke & Trevor Buchanan

    In May of 1991, the bodies of Lesley Clarke and Trevor Buchanan were discovered in a fume filled car, parked in Lesley's deceased father's garage. The deaths were ruled a tragic double suicide - probably the result of the affair that Lesley and Trevor's spouses were carrying on together.

    But 18 years later, a startling confession would launch a renewed investigation into the deaths, this time as a case of murder. The prime suspects were the victim's spouses - Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan.

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    Sources:

    Deric Henderson Let This Be Our Secret (Dublin: Gill & McMillan, 2011) Purchase here
    (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-This-Be-Our-Secret/dp/0241957338)

    “Colin Howell' estranged wife 'will not face charges'” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-24978359 (17 November 2013) 

    “Man suspects Colin Howell over father's death” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-12643326 (4 March 2011) 

    Deborah McAleese, “Killer dentist Colin Howell got payout of £400,000 after death of wife” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/killer-dentist-colin-howell-got-payout-of-400000-after-death-of-wife-28589652.html (17 February 2011) 

    “Killer dentist Colin Howell: Failed hunt for Japan's war gold triggered my confession” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/killer-dentist-colin-howell-failed-hunt-for-japans-war-gold-triggered-my-confession-28590107.html (18 February 2011) 

    “Howell conned out of life savings” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/howell-conned-out-of-life-savings-28574522.html (3 December 2010) 

    “The secret life of Colin Howell” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-12606874 (2 March 2011) 

    “Dentist Colin Howell admits double murder” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-11784184 (18 November 2010) 

    “Inside the mind of Colin Howell” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-12733348 (15 March 2011) 

    “Who is Hazel Stewart?” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com (https://www.bbc.com/) /news/uk-northern-ireland-12383602 (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-12383602) (2 March 2011) 

    “Hazel Stewart found guilty of murder” from RTE News https://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0302/298225-stewarth/ (2 March 2011) 

    “Murderer Stewart could have saved husband” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-12756395 (16 March 2011) 

    Nicola Weir, “Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan: police 'overlooked murder clues'” from BBC News https://www.bbc.com/

    • 1 hr 15 min

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