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The Kinahan crime organisation carries out “execution-style murders” and trafficks drugs and firearms “on an international scale”, the Special Criminal Court has found.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt today said the non-jury court accepted garda evidence on the organisation and structure of the cartel as he jailed a “foot soldier” for seven-and-a-half years for helping to plan the murder of Patrick “Patsy” Hutch.

Sentencing Mark Capper at the non-jury court today, Mr Justice Hunt said the defendant “knew well” what was contemplated by his associates and he had a “shrewd appreciation” of the detail and methodology to be used in the ….read more

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'Incorrigible' fraudster enjoyed fine wine and dining at Dublin hotels

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A fraudster who ran up bills of nearly €9,000 and enjoyed “fine wine and dining” at two five star Dublin hotels using a stolen credit card has been jailed for one year.

UK national Carlos Michael Mason (31) lived “a very good life” in the Shelbourne and the Westbury hotels over a three-week period earlier this year, Judge Martin Nolan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

Mason has 71 previous convictions in a number of countries, many of which are for theft and fraud. “He is incorrigible,” Judge Nolan said.

Mason, with an address in Crowlane Walk, London, pleaded guilty to two counts ….read more

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Smuggler stashed cocaine pellets in wine box as he 'couldn't face' swallowing them

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drugs smuggler who stashed 73 pellets of cocaine in a wine box because he couldn’t face ingesting them has been jailed for two years.

Alfa So (31) from Lisbon, Portugal, was stopped by customs officers when he flew into Dublin airport on July 3 last year. When they searched his bag, officers found just over €51,000 worth of cocaine squeezed into a wine box.

So, who has no previous convictions, told gardaí he wanted to sell the cocaine for profit so he could buy a farm with some cattle and goats for his family back in Portugal.

“My intention was not to ….read more

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Mentally ill man living in 'appalling squalor'

High Court

The President of the High Court has made orders allowing the HSE detain and admit to a hospital for medical treatment a man whose life is at risk from wallowing in his own faeces and urine.

The court heard that the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, suffers from mental health conditions and has spent several years as a patient in psychiatric facilities.

He is prone to violent outbursts and considered a risk to his family, women and vulnerable people, the court also heard.

He has been diagnosed as being emotionally unstable and having Factitious Disorder. He has also told ….read more

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Survivor tells serial abuser he will 'not hold any power over us ever again'

Central Criminal Court

One of the victims of a serial sexual abuser has said the man will “not hold any power over us ever again”, a court has heard.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the 58-year-old man sexually assaulted 14 girls in his flat over a period of years in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The Dublin man, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the victims, had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting four girls at his then home in Dublin on dates beginning in May 1994 and ending in February 2001.

Following a trial in March 2020, a jury returned guilty ….read more

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