Laura Kenna

(Pictured: Ms Laura Kenna. Credit: Collins)

A jury has been hearing the closing speeches in the trial of a woman pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to the attempted murder of a civil servant, who was walking home from work.

Laura Kenna (35), of no fixed abode, is accused of attempting to murder Fionnuala Bourke on Lower Drumcondra Road in Dublin on January 3, 2017.

Ms Kenna has also pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to assaulting Ms Bourke, causing serious harm.

Her Central Criminal Court trial has heard that Ms Bourke was walking home from work around 5pm that day, ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Woman who ran massage parlours believed “manual relief” was legal

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban

A woman running massage parlours in Dublin in which clients received “manual relief” believed the sensual massages were legal, a court heard.

Nan Wu (36) of Brandon Square, Waterville, Blanchardstown, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to controlling and directing the actions of prostitution for gain in the Dublin area in 2015.

Sergeant David Bunn told Siobhán Ní Chúlacháin BL, prosecuting, that a member of the public complained that a high number of male visitors were attending a massage parlour in Olivemount, Windy Arbour, Dublin.

Sgt Bunn called the establishment and was offered prostitution services. He obtained a search ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Jail cut for “vulnerable” man paid €20 to put pipe bomb under prison officer’s car

Court of Appeal

A “vulnerable” man paid €20 to put a pipe bomb under a prison officer’s car has had his jail term cut on appeal.

Mark O’Shea (33), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to possessing the pipe bomb at an address in Marino on June 11, 2017. The prison officer’s eight-year-old son discovered the improvised device, which luckily could not explode as it had no fuse.

In sentencing O’Shea to five years imprisonment, Judge Martin Nolan said he had no doubt O’Shea was “preyed upon” by other parties who took advantage of his vulnerability and asked him to deposit the pipe bomb.

O’Shea ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Sentence upheld for “active service” IRA member

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man whose fingerprints and DNA were found in a house in Co Wexford that contained Semtex explosives and rockets has lost an appeal against the severity of his six-year sentence.

Ryan Glennon (28), of Macken Villas, Macken St, Dublin was the first person convicted by the ‘second’ Special Criminal Court in 2016 after pleading not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on May 13, 2015.

The non-jury court heard that Glennon’s fingerprints were found on a handcart, which was holding a water butt which ….read more


Arsonist who set four cars alight was hit by coal truck as child

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who caused over €10,000 damage when he set four cars on fire had sustained brain damage after being hit by a coal truck as a child, a court has heard.

Michael Farrell (26) of Montpellier Gardens, Dublin, was convicted after a three day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of four counts of arson during two separate incidents on January 11 and 18, 2017.

He was also convicted on the same date in July this year of two counts of unauthorised interference with a vehicle during the January 11 incident.

Judge Karen O’Connor sentenced Farrell to four and a half years ….read more

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