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A jury has taken just 43 minutes to clear a Louth man of trying to murder a man who was stabbed 28 times and forced into the boot of a car that was pushed into a canal.

Paul Crosby (23), with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, had pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Gerard Boyle (33) at Knockcommon, Beauparc, Slane, on November 10, 2016.

Mr Crosby had also pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning and intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Boyle on the same occasion.

Mr Crosby was today found not guilty by unanimous ….read more

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Jail for man who tried to mug US military policeman with roll of tin foil

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who ended up crashing through a shop window when he tried to mug a US military policeman using a roll of tin foil has being jailed.

Brian Kavanagh (33) was on a cocktail of drugs when he attacked Christian Escobar, who was on holidays in Dublin.

Kavanagh came up behind Mr Escobar and tried to pull his backpack off him. The soldier believed Kavanagh was armed with a silver bar but this later turned out to be a roll of tin foil.

Mr Escobar held onto the bag and during a scuffle the two men crashed through the window of a ….read more

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Conviction for murdering prostitute's guardian upheld

Court of Appeal

A man given life for the murder of a prostitute’s guardian in a brothel seven years ago has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Polish national Przemyslaw Trebacz (39), last of Bramble Rise, Killynebber, Co Cavan had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Costel Catalin Cretu (38) at Connolly Court, Connolly Street, Cavan between October 13 and 14, 2012. However, he admitted causing criminal damage to a door at the Connolly Court apartment complex, in Cavan, on October 13, 2012.

The defence case was that Trebacz was seeking the services of a prostitute while the prosecution case was that Trebacz ….read more

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"Extraordinarily foolish" Danish man jailed over cocaine smuggling scam

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Danish man caught with over €66,000 worth of cocaine in his luggage claimed he had been transferring inheritance documents for a woman he met on Facebook, a court has heard.

Jorgen Sorensen (65), who was jailed for 18 months, told gardaí and customs officers that he had never inspected the luggage and believed it had contained these documents.

He said he had been given the bag in São Paulo, Brazil by people purporting to be lawyers working for a woman who told him she was due €220 million inheritance from her dead parents.

Judge Melanie Greally said Sorensen showed a “huge level ….read more

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Suspended sentence for man who had cannabis for medicinal use

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-one who cultivated cannabis plants and extracted medicinal oil for himself and his son has received a fully suspended sentence.

Derek White (41) of Colthurst Gardens, Huntington Glen, Lucan, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful possession of cannabis at his home on July 11, 2016.

Judge Cormac Quinn sentenced White to two years imprisonment, but suspended the entirety of the sentence on condition that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a period of two years.

Garda David Sheehy told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question White was stopped while driving ….read more

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