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(Pictured: Mr Michael Anthony McGann. Credit: Collins)

Three men are to remain in Mountjoy prison after they again refused to give undertakings to stay away from a County Roscommon farm that was the scene of a controversial eviction in 2018.

At the High Court last week Mr Michael Anthony McGann, Mr Colm Granahan and Mr Kevin Taylor were jailed after Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds found they were in contempt of court orders to stay away from the property at Falsk, Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

All three were brought before the court following their arrest by An Garda Siochana. Their cases returned before the ….read more

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Murder accused said he wanted to kill man once he started stabbing

Central Criminal Court

A murder accused told detectives that he wanted to kill a 37-year-old man once he started stabbing him, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury has heard that Darren Houlden told gardai in his initial interview that he “went for” the deceased’s brain with a knife after he said the victim threatened him that “gangsters” would shoot him over missing cocaine. The defendant said the devil “took him over” and he was like a “lunatic” when he attacked the victim with the knife.

Evidence has been given that Mr Houlden drove to Arklow Garda Station covered in blood at ….read more


Handcuffed accused trying to dispose of drugs hidden in underwear

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who attempted to discard a quantity of drugs while being led to a patrol car by gardaí has received a fully suspended sentence.

Sean Maher (20) had already been arrested for possession of drugs and was wearing handcuffs when he attempted to dispose of further drugs hidden in his underwear.

Maher, of Deansrath Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Grand Canal Bank, Clondalkin, on June 27, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

Garda Brendan Murphy told Joseph Barnes BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, gardaí were ….read more

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Teen attacked woman in laneway

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenager who assaulted a woman in a laneway will be sentenced early next year.

Xolani Mdakani, now aged 21 years old, grabbed the woman in a headlock but later ran off when a woman in an apartment overlooking the lane shouted at him. He was identified on CCTV.

Mdakani, formerly of St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the woman causing her harm at Henry Place, Dublin 1 on February 9, 2018.

He has 36 previous convictions, including three for assault, as well as theft, burglary and trespass.

Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, said Mdakani had come ….read more

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Ukrainian man stole €95k in welfare payments

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Ukrainian national who stole over €95,000 in social welfare under two false names has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Viktor Voloshin (51) obtained false Lithuanian documentation for two separate aliases which he used to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance and Rent Supplement over an eight year period between 2008 and 2016.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Voloshin was not entitled to work in Ireland as a Ukrainian national and told gardaí he “did not want to beg”.

Voloshin, of Oak Glen View Road, Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to stealing Jobseeker’s Allowance and Rent Supplements at various locations in Dublin ….read more

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