Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man with 230 previous convictions must wait to hear whether his two year jail term for attacking two teenage boys will be increased by the Court of Appeal.

Michael Cummins (32), of Applewood Avenue, Swords, pleaded guilty to stealing an iPhone, making a threat to kill, burglary, false imprisonment and assault in Swords on August 9, 2017.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Cummins threatened to pour what he said was acid into one of the boy’s eyes and said he was going to blow their house up during the incident, which came about during a “frightening” drug-induced paranoia.

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Suspended sentence for autistic man caught "minding" €600k in drugs too lenient, State says

Court of Appeal

An autistic man caught “minding” over €600,000 worth of heroin and cocaine in a car park at Dublin Airport must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Alyn Maginn (41) with an address in Drumhillery Road, Keady, Co Armagh, but who currently lives in Spain, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing the drugs at Dublin Airport on July 7, 2017.

Detective Garda Chris Brady told prosecuting lawyers that Maginn had arrived in Dublin on a flight from Malaga, Spain, and was spotted leaving Terminal 2 as part of routine profiling by customs.

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Jail for man who told security guard he'd kill him after finishing pizza

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean

A man who told a shop security guard he would come back to kill him once he had finished his pizza has been jailed for two and half years.

Matthew Ellis (38) told Patrick Collins he knew what time he finished his shift and he would come back to the shop once he had eaten a pizza he had just bought.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard at a sentence hearing last October, that Ellis said “You think I’m done with you. I’m gonna eat my pizza and then I’ll be back”.

Eilis, of Tir Connell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, ….read more

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Community Service for €40k social welfare fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Owen McKeever. Credit: Collins)

By Fiona Ferguson & Brion Hoban

A man who fraudulently claimed over €40,000 of Jobseeker’s Allowance in his brother’s name and was caught as a result of facial imaging technology has received 200 hours of community service.

Owen McKeever (63) of Durrow Road, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently claiming jobseekers allowance in the name of Brendan McKeever on dates between 2009 and 2013.

McKeever had been sent forward from the District Court on signed guilty pleas to 50 sample counts of social welfare fraud. He was also making a legitimate social welfare claim ….read more

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Doctor told garda that she had stabbed son (3)

Central Criminal Court

A doctor accused of murdering her three-year-old autistic son told a garda: “I did it, I stabbed my son and then stabbed myself” when he arrived at the scene, a trial jury has heard.

The garda told the Central Criminal Court that he observed a large amount of blood on Maha Al Adheem’s hands and clothing before he saw the body of her son lying on his back in the middle of a bed.

There were several puncture wounds to the boy’s torso and legs and a silver metal knife was on the bed, he said.

Ms Al Adheem (43) ….read more

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