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This year
Dissident Republican jailed over offences connected to attempt to kill PSNI officer
Gavin Coyle pleaded guilty to membership of the IRA and providing his car to be used for the purpose of terrorism.
Mother who stabbed baby twice through heart wept on being handed jail term of 20 years minimum
The defendant wept as the sentence was handed down at Belfast Crown Court.
All time
Trial of former British soldier for Troubles killing is adjourned after he's taken to hospital
Dennis Hutchings is charged with the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham in Co Tyrone in 1974.
Seven men jailed for dissident republican activity 'represent a grave danger to community'
A combined 50 terrorist offences form part of the convictions.
Belfast woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempting to kill police officers
The judge described Christine Connor as a “committed dissident republican”.
Woman prosecuted in Northern Ireland for buying abortion pills acquitted after change in law
“For the first time in six years, I can go back to being the mother I was,” she said.
Former Celtic kitman sentenced for sexually abusing teenager
The court heard the offending has had a “significant impact” on the victim, who was aged between 14 and 16 when he was indecently assaulted by McCafferty.
9 weeks, 2 days: The key moments of the rugby rape trial
The trial lasted nine weeks and was the subject of intense media scrutiny over the period due to the high profile nature of the defendants.
Rugby rape trial: All four defendants found not guilty on all charges
The jury gave their verdict at Belfast Crown Court today.
Jury in rugby rape trial will continue deliberating on charges tomorrow
The judge told the jury to take into account the good characters of all four defendants and the inconsistencies in their stories.
Rugby rape trial jury told 'morals of any person involved are completely irrelevant'
The trial will enter its ninth week at Belfast Crown Court on Monday, when the jury will begin its deliberations.
Rory Harrison's barrister says he's 'not a weasel' but a 'decent guy' in closing arguments
Harrison’s barrister’s address to the jury earlier today marked the final stage of the trial ahead of Judge Patricia Smyth’s charge.
What happened in Paddy Jackson's home was 'a throwback to the days of male entitlement', jury told
The prosecution has been summing up its case to the jury.
Rory Harrison accused of being 'delegated' to look after distressed woman after alleged rape
Rory Harrison was also accused of displaying “misguided loyalty” to his friends.
'Any possibility of a threesome?' - Blane McIlroy tells rape trial of 4am text to Paddy Jackson
McIlroy (26) denies a count of exposure.
Rape trial: Police could not locate Stuart Olding's clothes as he "was not told his house was being searched"
A DC from the PSNI’s Rape Crime Unit was on the stand today.
'She is causing so much trouble for the lads' - jury hears of text messages between Belfast rape trial accused
The mobile messages of Stuart Olding, Rory Harrison, and Blane McIlroy were perused today at Belfast Crown Court.
Rugby rape trial: Forensic scientist gives evidence about blood and DNA found on clothes and duvet
Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding deny raping the woman.
Doctor at rape trial: 'Not possible' to tell if injuries caused by consensual or non-consensual sex
The court also heard from a policeman from the rape crisis unit.
Rugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was 'fixated on' Paddy Jackson
Judge Patricia Smyth told jurors not to discuss the trial over the weekend.
Alleged rugby rape victim was 'crying and sobbing' in taxi, court hears
The driver says when police contact him, he knew “straight away” what it was about.
Rugby rape case: Alleged victim denies she 'had sex with a number of men' after going to home uninvited
“No-one remembers exact moments from a night out. You can’t be expected to remember each thing you have done.”
Alleged rape victim says she has 'no complaint' with the man accused of withholding information
The young woman faced cross examination from the defence again today.
Rape trial: Woman tells court 'you cannot underestimate how scared you are in those situations'
Today is the fourth day that she has been in the witness box.
Alleged rape victim of Irish rugby stars told police that incident left her 'humiliated'
She was giving evidence for the second day at Belfast Crown Court.
Irish rugby stars accused of rape 'boasted about sex on WhatsApp'
Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are accused of raping the same woman in Belfast.
Jury sworn in for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding rape trial
The jury members were warned not to talk to anyone about the issues covered during the trial.
Woman (21) given suspended sentence for taking abortion drugs
She bought the pills online as she failed to raise enough money to travel to England for a termination.
Four men sent to prison for blackmailing couple in NI
A senior PSNI officer said blackmail can be a “difficult crime to combat”.
Man sentenced to six years for firearms and terrorist-related offences in Belfast
In September 2010, detectives incovered large quantity of firearms and ammunition from a workshop at the rear of the man’s home.
'It is disgusting' - Widow of murdered policeman condemns killers' jail terms
Kate Carroll said that justice had not been done for her husband Stephen Carroll, who was shot dead in Armagh over three years ago.
Two to stand trial over murder of PSNI constable
Constable Stephen Carroll was shot in 2009, two days after the murder of two soldiers at Masserenne Barracks.
Armagh man not guilty of 1977 murder of British soldier
Belfast Crown Court clears Kevin Crilly of murdering Captain Robert Nairac, who disappeared in May 1977.
Belfast dad who murdered 14-week-old son is to father another child
Ryan Leslie’s new girlfriend is six weeks pregnant as he prepares to begin a minimum 17 year prison sentence.