Court of Criminal Appeal

By Sonya McLean and Isabel Hayes

A mother-of-four who agreed to hold a suitcase containing almost €70,000 worth of cannabis has been jailed for 18 months.

Adrianne Bradley (53) told gardaí she didn’t have a drink or drug problem but admitted that she smoked cannabis “every so often”. She said she hadn’t been given any money and was expecting someone to come back and collect the drugs.

Bradley of Moateview Close, Darndale, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having €68,154 worth of 3.5 kgs of cannabis for sale or supply at her home on August 11, 2015.

She is a grandmother ….read more

Liam Campbell

“Intention” to put Liam Campbell on trial “sufficient” for extradition, High Court hears

High Court

(Pictured: Liam Campbell. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has heard that “the intention” to put an Irishman on trial in Lithuania for alleged terrorism offences and the trafficking of weapons to Ireland is “sufficient” to order his extradition.

Liam Campbell (54) was arrested in Upper Faughart, Dundalk, Co Louth on December 2nd, 2016 on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Lithuanian authorities.

The arrest warrant for Mr Campbell states that he allegedly organised the preparation for the smuggling of weapons in support of the “terrorist grouping” the Real IRA (RIRA) between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007.

“While acting ….read more

Paul Gill

Main cause of death was heart disease, unlawful killing trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Paul Gill. Credit: Collins)

The trial of a Kildare man charged with manslaughter has heard that the main cause of the victim’s death was heart disease, but that injuries sustained in an altercation were a contributory factor.

Father-of-four Paul Gill (37) denies killing Patrick “Patsy” Kelly at Sarto Rd, Naas on August 22, 2015, but has admitted assaulting Mr Kelly and causing him harm.

Mr Gill of Sarto Road, Naas, Co Kildare has also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Kelly’s friend, Martin Curtis, during the same incident.

The trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard that the ….read more

Conor Hogan

Brazilian not guilty of murdering man who attacked and racially abused him

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Conor Hogan. Credit: Collins)

A Brazilian meat factory worker who stabbed to death a man who had assaulted and racially abused him was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a jury this evening.

Juraci Da Silva (36) with an address at Park Lane Apartments in Waterford, had already pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing James Banville (28) at New Street in Waterford on October 8, 2016 but his plea was rejected by the State.

After just over four hours of deliberations, at 5:05pm, the jury of six men and six women at the Central Criminal Court ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Man convicted for gangland murder brings appeal over seizure of mobile phone data

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man who became the third person to be jailed for life for the same gangland murder must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction.

Gary Flynn, (32) of Rossfield Drive in Tallaght had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Seamus Shay O’Byrne at the victim’s home in Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

After a nine-week trial and nine hours of the judge’s summary, it took the jury just one hour and forty minutes to convict Mr Flynn of murder and he was accordingly given the mandatory life sentence by Mr ….read more

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