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(Pictured: Garda Keith Harrisom. Credit: Collins)

Garda Keith Harrison has launched a High Court challenge seeking to quash findings made against him in reports from the Disclosures Tribunal.

The Donegal-based Garda, who was strongly criticised in the tribunal’s interim reports, has brought the action on the grounds of an alleged prior professional involvement between the tribunal chair Mr Justice Peter Charleton and a witness before the tribunal Chief Superintendent, Terry McGinn.

The alleged prior engagement related to the when Chief Superintendent was the Garda liaison to the Morris Tribunal, which considered allegations about Gardai in Donegal, in 2002-05 when Mr Justice Charleton ….read more

Osborn Irabor

Drivers must have “particular regard to vulnerability of cyclists”, judge says

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Osborn Irabor. Credit: Collins)

Drivers must have particular regard to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, a judge has said in the sentencing of a bus driver whose driving caused the death of cyclist.

Osborn Irabor (58), of French Park, Tyrrelstown, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to careless driving causing the death of Mary White (55) on November 17, 2014.

At a sentence hearing today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Francis Comerford heard that at around 9.40pm that night the double decker bus driven by Irabor struck Ms White. Ms White was knocked off her bike and sustained traumatic head ….read more

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Deceased had cash and drugs on him when body was found

Central Criminal Court

The trial of two men charged with murdering the first cousin of one of them has heard that the deceased had hundreds of euro in cash and a box of tranquillisers on him when his body was found.

The evidence was heard by the Central Criminal Court in the trial of the two Dubliners.

Stephen Tynan (41) of Deerpark Lodge, Kiltipper, Tallaght, and Raymond Fitzgerald (37) of Knockmore Grove, Killinarden, also in Tallaght have both pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Tynan’s cousin, Andrew Guerrine, at an unknown place between May 22 and May 23, 2015.

The trial has heard that Mr Guerrine’s ….read more

Brian Quinn

Jail for psychiatric nurse who stabbed teenager

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(File Picture: Brian Quinn. Credit: Collins)

by Brion Hoban

A psychiatric nurse who twice stabbed a teenager following a birthday party at a neighbouring house has been jailed.

Brian Quinn (51), now of Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, Co Dublin was convicted by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Lee Harte at his former residence on October 9, 2011.

Judge Patrick Quinn sentenced Brian Quinn to five and a half years imprisonment with the final two years suspended on condition he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two year post release.

Judge Quinn also sentenced ….read more

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No jail for woman who stole over €10k in rental deposits

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Jessica Magee

A woman who stole over €10,000 in rental deposits from eight prospective lodgers and then refused them access to her house has received a fully suspended sentence.

Olga Leschen (50) with an address at Ballentree Drive, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing the money over a six-week period between September and October 2015.

Judge Terence O’Sullivan sentenced Leschen to six months imprisonment but suspended the full sentence for 12 months provided she keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Garda Tom McCarrick told Grainne O’Neill BL, prosecuting, that Leschen advertised renting her ….read more

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