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A businessman was beaten and threatened so badly by a dissident republican gang that he asked to be shot to end his ordeal, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The non-jury court heard this afternoon that Mayo businessman Edward McAndrew was beaten with iron bars and threatened by a group of men demanding money in Omeath, Co Louth, in 2017. The men told Mr McAndrew that they were members of the Continuity IRA.

Today Anthony Finglas (49) with an address at Havelock Place, Warrenpoint, Co Down, appeared in the Special Criminal Court pleading guilty to demanding money with menaces from Mr McAndrew ….read more

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Victim wins legal battle to have child rapist named

Court of Appeal

A victim of child rape has successfully won an 18-month legal battle to have her rapist named after the Court of Appeal overturned a gagging order preventing him from being identified.

The man was convicted of four counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault at locations on unknown dates between 1987 and 1989 in Co Wicklow.

His trial at the Central Criminal Court heard that he first raped the woman during a game of hide-and-seek when she was approximately nine years old and he was 17 years old. He raped her three more times during that summer and told ….read more

Judge Martin Nolan

Mentally ill man in danger of being 'put on the street' is offered accommodation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Judge Martin Nolan. Credit: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Isabel Hayes

A mentally ill man who was in danger of being released from custody onto the streets on Friday evening has been offered homeless accommodation.

Last Friday, Judge Martin Nolan said he had been put in “a terrible position” in having to put John Delaney “out on the streets” as there was no space for him at the Central Mental Hospital.

Judge Nolan was speaking at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after hearing that Mr Delaney (26) is on a waiting list for the Central Mental Hospital, which is currently full.

“I have been put ….read more

Conor Freeman

Hacker's conviction for stealing €2m in bitcoin may affect US extradition bid

High Court

(Pictured: Conor Freeman. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin computer hacker’s conviction for the theft of more than $2 million dollars in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may affect a request by the US for his surrender on similar charges, the High Court heard this morning.

Siobhan Ni Chulachain BL, for the Minister for Justice, told High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Coffey today that Conor Freeman was sentenced by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week “arising out of similar circumstances” and this information had been sent to the US, which may affect the extradition request.

Freeman (21), of Glenageary Court, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin was ….read more

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Trial ends as son accused of murdering father admits to manslaughter

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a Dublin man charged with murdering his father at their family home in Crumlin two years ago has ended after a plea of manslaughter was accepted by the DPP.

David Fortune (33), of Rutland Grove in Crumlin, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father, Gerard (Gerry) on August 19, 2018 when the trial began at the Central Criminal Court last week.

At the start of the fifth day of the trial on Monday, Fortune was re-arraigned following legal discussions between the parties. When charged with the count of his father’s murder, Fortune replied: “Not guilty to ….read more

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