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John Tighe has been found guilty of murdering his infant son by unanimous jury verdict at the Central Criminal Court.

Tighe (40) of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo had pleaded not guilty to murdering six-and-a-half-month old Joshua Sussbier Tighe at his home on June 1, 2013.

The jury of nine women and three men returned at 3pm Friday afternoon after seven hours and 32 minutes of deliberation to deliver their verdict.

Mr Tighe sat motionless following the verdict and attempted to speak to Joshua’s mother Natasha Sussbier, after she delivered an impact statement in which she detailed the trauma she has suffered since her ….read more

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“He left me there to die, he wasn’t sorry”: court hears from Carlow rape victim left with life-changing injuries

Central Criminal Court

A Carlow man who raped and seriously assaulted a woman in her fifties has left her with life-changing injuries from which she is unlikely to recover, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Anthony Cassidy (34) attacked his victim as she was walking to a shop in the early hours of the morning.

A local garda said extensive CCTV footage, which was shown in court, tracked Cassidy’s movements to and from where he dumped his unconscious victim on the outskirts of the town.

She said there was no footage of the incident, but grainy CCTV imagery showed a male dragging another person to the ….read more

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Solicitor Michael Lynn to be arraigned on multi-million euro theft charges

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Former solicitor Michael Lynn, who is accused of multi-million euro thefts, will be arraigned in May, a Dublin court has heard.

Mr Lynn (49) appeared briefly via video-link from Cloverhill Prison in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

Mr Lynn, who was wearing an open-necked shirt, jumper and trousers, said little during the brief appearance, except to say, “good morning, your honour” and “thank you, your honour”.

His barrister, Karl Monahan BL, requested an arraignment date of May 8, which was agreed to by Judge Martin Nolan.

Mr Lynn, with an address in St Alban’s Park, Sandymount, Dublin, is facing 21 charges relating ….read more

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Aer Lingus worker jailed for helping smuggle illegal immigrants

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Peter Kernan. Credit: Collins)

An Aer Lingus worker who helped smuggle illegal immigrants into the country has been jailed for four years.

Peter Kernan (57), who underwent quadruple heart by-pass surgery four months ago, was sentenced in Dublin Circuit Court today for his role in a people trafficking operation at Dublin Airport last year.

His co-accused, Frederick Cham, also received a four-year sentence last month.

Kernan, with an address in Rectory Lodge, Celbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to four counts of facilitating the entry of an illegal immigrant into the State at Dublin Airport between December 29, 2016 and January 22, 2017.

He also ….read more

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Polish man to be sentenced for violent sexual attacks on women

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Polish roofer who carried out random, violent sexual attacks on women in Dublin will be sentenced in May.

Slawomir Gierlowski (33) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, had denied false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault of two women on dates in 2011, 2015 and false imprisonment and assault of a third woman in 2016 at locations around Clondalkin in south Dublin. The women cannot be named for legal reasons.

The most recent attack took place on Knockmeenagh Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin, not far from both the other two attacks and a house occupied by the family of Gierlowski’s partner.

After a three week ….read more

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