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An alleged fugitive, who is wanted in the United States to face a manslaughter charge after a high-speed sports car crash which claimed the life of a young woman, claims his life would be at risk should he be extradited there, the High Court has heard.

Samuel Joseph Tucker (23), with an address at Lorida, Florida was arrested in Mayfield, Cork in August 2018 on foot of an extradition request issued by US authorities.

The American citizen is wanted to stand trial in the US on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and ‘DUI manslaughter’ after the car ….read more

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Jury to visit alleged murder site at farm

Central Criminal Court

A jury will travel to Tipperary to see the farm where a man was allegedly murdered more than five years ago.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the six men and six women that the prosecution and defence in the trial of Patrick Quirke (50) believe that visiting the scene would be of benefit. She told them they will be taken from the Criminal Courts of Justice building in Dublin to Tipperary by coach next Friday, January 25.

Mr Quirke, of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 52-year-old Bobby Ryan in Tipperary on a date between June 3, ….read more

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Madame who thought "manual relief" was legal avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban

A woman running massage parlours in Dublin who told gardaí she thought the offering of “manual relief” was legal has received a fully suspended prison sentence.

Nan Wu (37) of Brandon Square, Waterville, Blanchardstown pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to controlling and directing the actions of prostitution for gain in the Dublin area in 2015.

Judge Elma Sheahan sentenced her to two years imprisonment, but suspended the entirety of the sentence for a period of three years on condition that she keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Sergeant David Bunn told Siobhán Ní Chúlacháin BL, prosecuting, that ….read more

05/10/2016. Donal Billings (65) of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford leaves the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today where is charged with the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park in May, 2011.

Queen's visit bomber claims Irish language rights were "decimated and destroyed" at trial

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Donal Billings. Credit: Collins)

A pensioner who put a bomb on a bus bound for Dublin and made hoax bomb threats during the Queen’s visit to Ireland has opened an appeal against his conviction in the Irish language.

Dónal Billings (67), with an address at St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford, was found guilty by the non-jury Special Criminal Court of possessing an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park on May 16th, 2011.

Billings was further convicted of making false reports on May 16 and May 18, 2011, that bombs had been placed at Busáras and Sinn Féin’s headquarters ….read more

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Asst. Commissioner's challenge to suspension is adjourned

High Court

A High Court challenge taken by Assistant Garda Commissioner John Fintan Fanning aimed at overturning his suspension from duty pending the outcome of an investigation has been adjourned for a week.

Last week Assistant Commissioner Fanning initiated his High Court action over his suspension, pending an investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, on January 3rd last.

He says his suspension is unlawful and unfair.

In his proceedings, he wants orders lifting his suspension pending the outcome of his challenge, orders restraining the Commissioner communicating “false” information concerning him and orders directing the Commissioner to co-operate with the GSOC investigation. He ….read more

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