ODoherty Waters

Judgement in an appeal brought by John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty against a refusal to permit them to challenge the constitutionality of laws introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been reserved.

Their appeal is against the High Court’s refusal to permit the two to bring their challenge and its award of costs of that hearing against them.

The appeal, which is opposed by the State, was before the President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham, Ms Justice John Edwards and Ms Justice Caroline Costello on Wednesday.

Following the conclusion of submission from the parties, Mr Justice Birmingham said ….read more

Catherine Dawson

Woman admits having over €600k in organised crime cash

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Catherine Dawson. Credit: Collins)

A 44-year-old woman has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon to having over €600k in organised crime cash.

Catherine Dawson had been arrested as part of an ongoing garda investigation targeting serious organised criminals, where officers of the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) intercepted a number of vehicles in Drogheda and uncovered hundreds of thousands of euro in vacuum-packed notes.

Arraigned on the two charges before the three-judge court today Dawson, of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co Meath pleaded guilty to both counts on the indictment.

Dawson pleaded guilty to possessing ….read more

File pic ccj with van

Covid travel concerns adjourn rape sentencing

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The sentencing of a man convicted of raping his best friend’s sister as she slept has been adjourned because of concerns around travel during the lockdown.

The man, now aged 25, was convicted last September after a trial at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork. He had pleaded not guilty to the single charge of rape at a place in Co Kerry on June 10, 2018.

A sentence hearing was due to take place today before Justice Mary Rose Gearty, sitting in the Criminal Courts of Justice building in Dublin.

Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, told Justice Gearty that the complainant, who is ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Convicted child rapist sentenced for 'shocking' rapes of girl

Central Criminal Court

A convicted child rapist who repeatedly raped a girl over the course of two years in a series a ‘shocking’ attacks has received a prison sentence of eight years.

The now adult victim has indicated that she wishes for the man’s name to be published, but a controversial Court of Appeal ruling last November in relation to child victims of crime means this cannot be done without an order from the court.

The jail term imposed on the man, who was found guilty in 2015 of multiple rapes of another young girl, will be consecutive to the 15-year term he is ….read more

Mountjoy

Mum used bra to smuggle heroin into prison

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mother-of-three used her bra to smuggle heroin into Mountjoy prison after threats were made against her family, a court has heard.

Laura Lambe (35) had heroin and Valium type tablets hidden in her bra when she went in to visit her then partner in the prison in November 2017.

Simon Matthews BL, defending, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the night before this, a man visited her and said he knew she was going into the prison the next day. He threatened her and her children before giving her the drugs and telling her to smuggle them in.

The woman appeared nervous ….read more

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