Tiger Collage

(Pictured: Mark Farrelly, Christopher Corcoran, David Byrne and Niall Byrne. Credit: Collins)

A judge has said that a family of four, who were the victims of a tiger kidnapping, are deserving of “enormous respect” for their “uncommon and unbending faith in the criminal justice system”.

Judge Melanie Greally made the remarks as she sentenced four men to a total of 53 years for their various roles in the €2.08 million cash-in-transit van robbery, during which Paul Richardson’s family home was raided and he and his family were threatened at gunpoint.

Last May, Mark Farrelly (47), Christopher Corcoran (71), David Byrne (45) and Niall ….read more

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Victims and gardai speak as tiger kidnappers are jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Paul Richardson and his wife Marie. Credit: Collins)

Speaking outside court today, Detective Superintendent Paul Scott said that he wished to thank the Richardsons for their “forbearance” during what had been an “extremely lengthy trial process” over the past 13 years.

“I would also like to thank all the members of the public who came to court to give evidence, without them we couldn’t have succeeded. The Garda Siochana will relentlessly pursue those who are responsible for crimes of this nature. We would be resilient in that and I would like that message to go out,” he said.

“In relation ….read more

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Victims express disappointment as man is jailed for three years for trying to murder teen at camp site

Central Criminal Court

A 28-year-old Dubliner has been jailed for three years for attempting to murder a teenager and assaulting his two friends as they camped at a popular hiking spot.

Michael Corbett was sentenced to nine years in prison for his crimes, but had six years suspended as he was suffered from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.

The father-of-one, with an address in Raheny, had pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of the 17-year-old on June 27, 2016 at the Hellfire Club on Dublin’s Montpelier Hill.

Mr Justice Michael White had previously praised the young man’s two friends for coming ….read more

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Man admits trying to murder four children

Central Criminal Court

A man in his 30s has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of four young children.

The court heard that the Wicklow man attempted to strangle two of the children and left them when he thought they were dead. He then moved on to the other two who fought back and escaped through a window.

One of the children was unconscious when paramedics arrived and was taken to hospital by air ambulance. Two others were purple in the face and one had bulging eyes.

Stephen Harnett (37) of Kilpoole Upper, Blainroe, Wicklow replied, “guilty” in relation to each charge and was remanded ….read more

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Merger won’t affect conditions of Liberty Insurance workers, court told

High Court

The terms and conditions of Liberty Insurance DAC’s 400 Irish employees will not be affected by a proposed cross-border merger with a related Spanish entity, the High Court has heard.

Liberty Insurance DAC, which is part of the US-based Liberty Mutual group of companies and has a registered office at Dublin Road, Cavan, is seeking permission from the High Court sanctioning a cross-border merger scheme.

The application, which came before the Commercial Court on Monday, is part of the group’s plans to consolidate its Irish, Portuguese and Spanish insurance businesses in Europe.

In 2011, the US insurance giant acquired ….read more

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