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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.

Episode 26 – Catherine Cooper

Mens Rea
October 14, 2018
In 1954, Nurse Catherine Cooper (64) lived and worked in Limerick city as a home sister, visiting the ill and infirm at their bedsides. She was originally from County Clare, but had spent much of her working life in London, until the outbreak of World War Two. On the night of November 19th, 1954, she…

Episode 26 – Catherine Cooper

Mens Rea
October 14, 2018
In 1954, Nurse Catherine Cooper (64) lived and worked in Limerick city as a home sister, visiting the ill and infirm at their bedsides. She was originally from County Clare, but had spent much of her working life in London, until the outbreak of World War Two. On the night of November 19th, 1954, she…

Episode 25 – Bruce Lee

Mens Rea
September 30, 2018
In December 1989, the Hastie home on Selby Street in Hull caught fire in the early hours of the morning. Three of Hastie boys would die of their injuries. It was apparent from the beginning that the fire was arson: there were matches left and a trail of paraffin at the front door, and there…

Episode 24 – Colin Norris

Mens Rea
September 16, 2018
In 2002, Colin Norris was a young man at the beginning of his career in his chosen field of nursing. But the sudden death of an elderly patient, Ethel Hall, who had been under his care prompted a police investigation which scrutinised the 18 months that he had worked in Leeds General Infirmary, and he…

Episode 23 – Sylvia Fleming

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September 2, 2018
The year 1998 was a particularly difficult one for the small town of Omagh, in Northern Ireland. There finally seemed to be a workable plan in place to bring about the beginning of a peace process, but along with that, emotions were heightened.Just days before the agreement was signed, Sylvia Fleming (17) was out celebrating…

Episode 22 – Veronica Guerin (Part Two)

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August 19, 2018
Veronica Guerin took on Ireland's booming gangland criminals in 1994, who were flooding the country with cannabis and other illegal substances and engaging in an all out war with their competitors. When she approached John Gilligan, the man in charge, at his home, she set in motion a series of events that would lead to…

Episode 22 – Veronica Guerin (Part One)

Mens Rea
August 5, 2018
In the 1990's, Ireland saw a boom in organised crime and the importation of drugs that it had not experienced before. Criminals set themselves up at the head of drugs empires and reaped the benefit of their crimes to the tune of millions of pounds a year. Gardai struggled to keep up with these developments,…

Episode 21 – Mamie Cadden

Mens Rea
July 22, 2018
Between the early 1920s and the 1950s, Ireland was a newly established developing country. The state and its society were going through many changes, and many growing pains. The establishment and new politicians were anxious to present Ireland as a good catholic place, taking it's place on the international stage as a beacon of wholesome…

Episode 20 – The Brighton Trunk Murders

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July 8, 2018
This week, we take another trip back in time and have a look at three vintage murders. First, we crack open the 1832 autobiographical account of John Holloway, who murdered his first wife Celia and buried her body, hidden in a trunk, down a lovers lane. Over 100 years later, two more trunks filled with…

Episode 19 – Declan Flynn and Irish Pride

Mens Rea
June 24, 2018
In honour of Pride month, and with the Dublin Pride Parade only a week away, this episode discusses the tragic case of the beating death of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park in 1983. Declan was a victim of a gang known to stalk the park at night, "queer bashing". We also chart the changes in…
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