Declan Brennan

 

A man has been jailed for stabbing his sister’s ex-partner, who had shown up at the family home on Christmas day after sending a series of threatening text messages.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that on Christmas eve 2013, Darren Brewster told Sean O’Boyle’s sister: “you don’t know what I’m capable of, I’ll be up to the gaff tomorrow” and “I’ll walk away with someone in a bad way”. He later told her “Christmas will be major for your family this year” and “I’ll do two years ya knacker”.

When Mr Brewster and his brother arrived at the O’Boyle family home in ….read more

(Pictured: Judge Martin Nolan. Photo: Collins)

A judge has said a criminal who carried out a string of extremely violent robberies and burglaries “deserves little or no mercy” as he imposed a 12-year sentence.

Judge Martin Nolan said that Michael “Mikey” Greene (20) used extreme violence when he beat up a couple with a wrench in their home, repeatedly hitting one woman in her bed as her grandchild slept in a nearby cot.

In a spree of attacks Greene also struck an office worker with a hammer and held a broken bottle to the neck of a man in his seventies. His lawyers ….read more

(Pictured: Michael Quinn. Photo: Collins)

Izzy Kamikaze, who was attacked by a violent offender during an anti-lockdown protest, has told a court that video footage of the attack and its aftermath caused many people to come “to their senses about how dangerous it is to ignore far-right protest”.

Judge Martin Nolan described as “cowardly” the attack by Louth man Michael Quinn (30) on Ruth O’Rourke – AKA Izzy Kamikaze – in September 2020. The judge said the behaviour of Quinn and his associates after the attack was reprehensible.

Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, outlined to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court how on September 12 ….read more

A father who is accused of child cruelty and a serious assault on his daughter denied to gardaí he tortured the child and said he didn’t know where her multiples injuries came from, his trial has heard.

The Dublin-based 39-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife have pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault causing serious harm and three charges of child cruelty at the family home in Dublin on dates between June 28 and July 2, 2019.

The then nine year old child was hospitalised with life changing injuries on July 2, 2019. The parents, who are originally from north Africa, ….read more

An expert in “faith-based abuse” has told a child cruelty trial that cases of belief in spirit possession in children have resulted in beating, burning, strangulation and starving.

A Dublin-based couple are on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for alleged child cruelty and a serious assault on their then nine-year-old daughter. The child was hospitalised with life changing injuries on July 2, 2019.

On day nine of the trial Dr Shirley Potter, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Temple St children’s hospital, told the jury that she examined the child on July 3, 2019. She concluded that the burn marks ….read more

(File Picture: Witness Professor Jack Crane, who gave evidence today. Photo: Collins)

A medical expert has told the trial of two parents accused of a serious assault and child cruelty that their daughter’s injuries were consistent with child abuse and non-accidental injury.

The 39-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife have pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault causing serious harm to then nine year old child and three charges of child cruelty at the family home in Dublin on dates between June 28 and July 2, 2019.

The jury have heard evidence that a brain injury has left the child needing 24-hour ….read more

A father accused of cruelty and a serious assault on his nine year old daughter told a detective that he carried out a ritual to get a “devil” to leave the child’s body, his trial has heard.

The 39-year-old man and his wife, who is aged 36, have both pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault causing serious harm to the child and three charges of child cruelty at the family home in Dublin on dates between June 28 and July 2, 2019.

The jury have heard evidence that a brain injury has left the child needing 24 hour care ….read more

The younger brother of a girl allegedly to have been seriously assaulted by her parents has told their trial that his father referred to “some evil thing” to try to scare him.

The 39-year-old man and 36-year-old woman have pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault causing serious harm to the child and three charges of child cruelty at the family home in Dublin on dates between June 28 and July 2, 2019.

Anne Rowland SC, prosecuting, has told the jury that the child was aged nine when she sustained a brain injury that prevents her from normal functioning and that ….read more

The teenage sister of a girl who was allegedly seriously assaulted by her parents has told their trial that the mother told her husband: “I told you I was gonna kill her, why didn’t you stop me?”.

The 39-year-old man and 36-year-old woman have pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault causing serious harm to the child and three charges of child cruelty at the family home in Dublin on dates between June 28 and July 2, 2019.

Anne Rowland SC, prosecuting, has told the jury that the child sustained a brain injury that prevents her from normal functioning and she ….read more

A man was caught trying to meet a child for sex after replying to a fake child’s profile on an adult dating website, a court has heard.

In May 2018, Ioan Ovidiu (54) initiated contact with a person identified as an 18 year old woman on the “Fastmeet” dating site.

The actual person behind this fake profile was a member of a volunteer group whose stated purpose was to locate online predators grooming underage children, Detective Garda Jean McDonnell told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

She said volunteers would set up fake accounts to act as “decoy children”.

In order to do this, the person ….read more

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