Date Published: 10-Jul-2008
An English man, convicted in 2000 of raping a tourist at Nimmo’s Pier in the city, has consented to the making of an order for his return to the UK
47 year old Mark Trayton Smith from Cheltenham was convicted of murdering a bank colleague at Swansea Crown Court in 1983 and was given a life sentence.
He was released from prison in 1995 under certain conditions.
On June 5th 1999, Mark Trayton Smith raped a 21 year old english tourist at Nimmo’s Pier at 5am, as she was watching the sunrise alone.
He was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court in 2000 to 12 years in prison for that offence.
Gardaí here arrested him last month, shortly after his release from prison, according to today’s Irish Times.
British Authorities say Trayton Smith breached the conditions of his early release from prison in the 90s, for the murder.
At the High Court this week, Mr. Justice Michael Peart made the order for Trayton Smith’s surrender to the authorities in the UK.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.