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By Cianan Brennan

A Dublin barman who robbed a pub of €10,500 in takings in order to fund his daughter’s medical bills has avoided jail at Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court.

Oliver Ennis (35) of Bremen Road, Ringsend had pleaded guilty to multiple counts of theft from his employer, the Schoolhouse Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin between December 2012 and October 2014.

When his case was first heard before Judge Martina Baxter on 30 June 2018, the hearing was adjourned until today to afford Ennis the chance to repay the money he had stolen.

Judge Baxter noted that the final payment had now been made.

Ennis had ….read more

A serial sex attacker serving a lengthy prison term for “brutal and primal” attacks on women continues to maintain his innocence, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Slawomir Gierlowski (34) went on trial earlier this year for a separate sex attack on a fourth victim on the night of December 18, 2010.

After hearing evidence, Mr Justice Micheal White adjourned the case to tomorrow for sentence.

The court heard that the woman was making her way home at around 3am when Gierlowski assaulted and attempted to rape her inside the courtyard of her apartment block.

Semen found on the skirt of that victim was ….read more

(Pictured: Garret Hevey. Credit: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Fiona Ferguson

Two Dublin men have been jailed for a fraud in which they induced dozens to invest over €5m in a forestry investment scam.

Garret Hevey (43) and David Peile (42) were involved in Arden Forestry Management (Arden FM) between January 2014 and mid 2016 during which 143 foreign investors were induced to deposit approximately €5.5m into the company’s accounts.

Detective Inspector Catharina Gunne told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that these investments would have required around 858 acres of land to be serviced but the company only owned 30.2 acres of land when the ….read more

An unemployed Dublin man has been sentenced to four years in prison for the robbery of a mobile phone and bottle of wine from a Spanish restaurant worker.

Daniel Dos Santos (24) of Nicholas Street in The Liberties, Dublin had been found guilty of the offence by an 11-1 majority during a jury trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in May.

He had separately pleaded guilty to other crimes committed while on bail for the robbery, including the burglary and criminal damage of a house in Churchtown and unlawful carriage in a vehicle, for which he received suspended sentences.

In relation to ….read more

By Jessica Magee and Fiona Ferguson

A former inmate of Mountjoy Prison who “lost his head” shortly after his partner took her own life and caused over €1,700 worth of damage to his cell has been given a suspended sentence.

Keith McDonnell (29) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage of his prison cell on May 21, 2013.

The court heard that McDonnell, of Glenshane Green, Tallaght, Dublin, had been serving a separate sentence for criminal damage at the time of the offence.

Sarah-Jane O’Callaghan BL, defending, said McDonnell’s former partner died of suicide and that after going to visit her ….read more

by Cianan Brennan

A Dublin man has avoided jail after being caught in possession of €76,800 worth of cannabis resin.

James Smith (38) of Huntstown Wood, Huntstown, Dublin was first apprehended by gardaí conducting a covert surveillance operation in early 2017.

Smith was observed visiting a property in Ashbourne, Co Meath, and leaving the same address with a plastic Tesco bag. Having driven away, he was subsequently intercepted by the officers.

During a search of the car they found a Tesco bag found to contain five bars of cannabis resin.
At the time Smith said he had collected the blocks for deliver in order to ….read more

By Declan Brennan and Cianan Brennan

A rapist released from prison last January has been jailed for 18 months for breaching the conditions of his partly-suspended sentence.

On the night of August 9, 2013 the man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, broke into his ex-partner’s home and repeatedly raped her during a five-hour ordeal.

Armed with a hatchet, the Cork man forced his way into her home and threatened to kill her by driving them both into the sea. He also cut her off her hair with a scissors because she was not performing sexual ….read more

By Jessica Magee and Seán McCárthaigh

A Dublin man has been give a four-year suspended sentence for sexually assaulting four of his young female cousins as a teenager.

The 33-year-old male, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July 2018 to six charges of sexual assault which involved four of his cousins on unknown dates between 2000 and 2006 at a location in Dublin city.

The court had previously heard that both the man and the four victims, one of whom was just four years old at the ….read more

By Sonya McLean & Cianan Brennan

A plumber with Dublin City Council who threatened to put a bullet in the head of two work colleagues has received a fully suspended sentence.

Married father-of-two Gary Kelly (41), of Glenville Road, Castleknock, Dublin, had severe mental health issues at the time of the offences in January, 2018 and believed that he was being followed by “drones, ISIS and other organisations”.

When gardaí came to arrest him at his family home, his wife informed them that she had been concerned about the state of his mental health for some time.

Kelly first pleaded guilty in July, 2018 ….read more

By Seán McCárthaigh

A Polish national who sold two stolen cars on DoneDeal for around €6,000 each has received a suspended three-year jail term.

Piotr Waleza (46) of Moylaragh Crescent, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of handling stolen vehicles in north Dublin in 2014.

Judge Karen O’Connor said the offences warranted a custodial sentence with a headline figure of four years. In deciding to impose a suspended three-year prison term, however, the judge said she had taken into account that Waleza has a terminal illness for which he has a poor prognosis.

She also ordered that ….read more

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