Jim Mansfield

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Credit: Collins)

Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr has pleaded not guilty to charges of false imprisonment and perversion of justice at the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Mansfield (52), of Tasaggart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, is charged with conspiring with one or more persons to falsely imprison Martin Byrne on a date unknown between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015, both dates inclusive. This is contrary to Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

The non-jury court heard this morning that Martin Byrne is now in the Witness Protection Programme.

The accused man ….read more

Colm Roddy

Activists alleged to have broke onto Shannon runway are acquitted of criminal damage

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Colm Roddy. Collins)

Two peace activists who allegedly spray-painted red crucifixes on the runway of Shannon Airport have been acquitted of unlawful criminal damage.

Colm Roddy (78) and Dave Donnellan (60) were alleged to have cut through the airport perimeter fence to gain entry to the airfield and to have then painted crucifixes on the runway.

Mr Roddy, of Bayside Walk, Dublin and Mr Donnellan, of Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin were stopped on the runway after walking around the airfield for about 45 minutes. They had walked towards a US Learjet and asked army and garda officials guarding the plane to ….read more

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Child rapist who terrorised nieces gets 11-year sentence

Central Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Fiona Ferguson

A child rapist who sexually abused and videoed two of his nieces in their grandparents’ home in an “utter betrayal” of family trust has been given an 11-year sentence with the final two years suspended.

The 25-year-old man threatened both girls that he would share inappropriate images and videos of them online if they told anyone about the abuse and threatened to kill the younger girl’s father, the Central Criminal Court heard.

He also installed a spy camera in the downstairs bathroom of the home he shared with his parents – the girls’ grandparents – in the ….read more

Denis McDonald

Publicans' test cases over Covid insurance to see judgement in New Year

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Denis McDonald. Collins)

Judgement will be given early in the New Year on four important test cases brought by pub owners over the refusal of insurer FBD to pay out on business disruption loses over the Covid-19 pandemic.

The four publicans have brought cases challenging FBD Insurance Plc’s refusal earlier this year to indemnify them and challenging the insurer’s stance that its policies of insurance do not cover the disruption caused to businesses by Covid-19.

Over one thousand Irish pubs and bars are affected by the dispute, which arose after the insurer refused to provide the pubs with cover when ….read more

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Murder accused (20) does not have mental disorder, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man accused of stabbing a homeless man 183 times does not suffer from a mental disorder, a psychiatrist has told a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright said the accused man Philip Dunbar was intoxicated at the time of the alleged offence and if he had not been intoxicated, “he would not have behaved as he did.”

She said Mr Dunbar does not qualify for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity or for diminished responsibility through mental illness.

Philip Dunbar (20), of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24, has pleaded ….read more

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