Alexandra Colomine

(Pictured: Anne Colomines’ sister Alexandra speaking to media outside court today. Photo: Collins)

by Eoin Reynolds

Renato Gehlen has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the “terrifying and horrific” murder of his wife Anne Colomines, who was described today in court as a “beautiful, intelligent woman” who loved life.

Mr Justice Michael MacGrath sentenced Gehlen to the mandatory life term after hearing statements written by the Anne’s mother Danielle Gallard, sister Alexandra, father Jean-Louis Colomines and other family members.

Ms Colomines’ mother Danielle, who was not able to travel in person from France, wrote that her life has lost meaning since her daughter’s death. ….read more

John Delaney

ODCE 'sceptical' Delaney documents are legally privileged, High Court hears

High Court

(Pictured: Mr John Delaney. Photo: Collins)

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement remains “sceptical” that over a thousand documents relating to former FAI CEO John Delaney that were seized by the watchdog are legally privileged, the High Court has heard.

The court today directed that Mr Delaney provide the ODCE with certain details about legal actions he has been involved in.

The ODCE has sought the details as part of its own review into recommendations that some 1,100 documents relating to the now UK-based Mr Delaney and seized by the corporate watchdog are covered by Legal Professional Privilege (LPP).

The recommendations ….read more

Wellington Monument

'Sinister and predatory' behaviour of security guard jailed for sexual assault

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

A security guard who displayed “sinister and predatory behaviour” by sexually assaulting a woman after bringing her to the Phoenix Park in his car has been jailed for nine months.

Cornel Onofrei (38) initially denied assaulting the woman, who was under the impression he was a taxi driver, by kissing her after driving to “remote dark location” in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the woman pushed him off and exited the car, finding herself in darkness in the park before Onofrei then drove her home.

Onofrei, with an address at Manor Place, Manor Street, Dublin ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Convicted killer gets 15 years for rape and beatings of step daughter (12)

Central Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

A man who previously strangled his ex-girlfriend to death has been given a 15-year sentence for continually beating and twice raping his 12-year-old step daughter.

The 32-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to a number of charges of child cruelty which involved the assault of a child, assault causing harm, sexual assault and rape on dates between September 2019 and May 2020.

Last July a jury convicted him on one charge of assault causing harm, six charges of child cruelty involving ….read more

Kane Hull Liam Porter

UK pair wanted over fatal street stabbing lodge objections to surrender

High Court

Two men wanted in the UK in relation to a fatal street stabbing there have lodged objections to their extradition at the High Court in Dublin.

Kane Hull (28) of Bower Street, and Liam Porter (32) of Fulmer Place, both addresses in Carlisle, are sought in relation to the murder or manslaughter of Ryan Kirkpatrick (24) at Carlyle’s Court, Carlisle, on September 18 of this year.

They were arrested by gardaí in Co Mayo late last month on foot of international arrest warrants.

The High Court, which has heard that points of objection against extradition had been filed by each respondent’s legal ….read more

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