Declan Brennan

 

A Dublin man who was thrown out of a pub by a gang of men after he went in armed with two kitchen knifes has been jailed for six months.

Jason Farrell (26) had two large knives went he went into The Auld Triangle pub in Dublin city centre and approached a group of men.

Garda Sergeant Ken Houlahan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that on February 2, 2018, he was in an unmarked patrol car when he saw a melee outside the pub on Gardiner Street, Dublin.

He said he saw a group of men forcefully ejecting Farrell from the pub. He ….read more

A violent mugger who was stopped when he ran from his victim and into a nearby crime scene for a different crime has been jailed for two years.

Nathan Benson (21) punched and head-butted Cormac Doyle before running off with his iPhone.

Garda Derek Tubridy told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the attack took place at around midnight on July 2, 2016 when Mr Doyle was standing outside the “District 8” nightclub on Francis Street, Dublin.

The victim ran after Benson and caught up with him and grabbed him. Benson turned around and again head-butted Mr Doyle and punched him up to five ….read more

A catering student has received a suspended prison sentence for beating up a passerby who tried to break up a row between him and his girlfriend.

The row between Emmet Prizeman (22) and his then partner began inside a nightclub on Harcourt Street in Dublin city where they had been drinking.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the dispute spilled out onto the street where Stephen Merchant attempted to intervene.

CCTV footage captured Prizeman punching Mr Merchant once and the victim falling quickly to the ground. Prizeman then kicked the victim twice while he was on the ground, Aideen Collard BL, prosecuting, told ….read more

(Pictured: Keegan Davidson. Credit: Collins)

A man who has admitted transferring over €100,000 in stolen cash through his bank account faces a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

Keegan Davidson (25) gave his bank account details to a criminal gang who then used it in an “invoice redirect” fraud scam. Detective Garda Thomas Burke told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the fraud gang was known to place adverts on social media looking for people to “rent” out their bank account.

The gang would then use these accounts to launder money stolen from fraud scams.

In this case the fraud gang sent a bogus email ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Terence Maguire. Credit: Collins)

A jury has found a man whose attempt to kill himself caused a “devastating” gas explosion not guilty of reckless endangerment.

Terence Maguire (63) cut into a gas pipe in his Dublin home and took some sleeping tablets in a plan to kill himself from gas poisoning. A short time later he went to the back door of his home and lit a cigarette, causing a huge explosion.

His own home was blown out and one witness described seeing a resulting “mushroom cloud”. Damage to three neighbouring buildings led to their demolition, a number of cars parked ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Terence Maguire. Credit: Collins)

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a man whose attempt to kill himself caused a devastating gas explosion which destroyed four buildings.

Terence Maguire (63) cut into a gas pipe in his Dublin home and took some sleeping tablets. A short time later he went to the back door of his home and lit a cigarette, causing a huge explosion.

His own home was blown out and damage to neighbouring buildings led to their demolition. The majority of costs have been covered by insurers, the trial heard, with only the defendant’s house not rebuilt.

Mr ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Terence Maguire. Credit: Collins)

A man whose attempt to kill himself caused a devastating gas explosion which destroyed four buildings told gardai that he was not in a rational state of mind at the time, his trial has heard.

Terence Maguire (63) cut into a gas pipe in his home and took some sleeping tablets. A short time later he went to the back door of his home and lit a cigarette, causing a huge explosion.

Mr Maguire, now of Blessington Street, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Terence Maguire. Credit: Collins)

A man who caused “devastating damage” to his home and other houses by causing a gas explosion during an alleged suicide attempt has gone on trial.

Terence Maguire (63) allegedly cut through the inlet pipe in his domestic gas meter and put towels under the doors to keep the gas in the room.

He put a warning sign up, took some sleeping tablets and drifted off to sleep, Eoin Lawlor BL, prosecuting, told the jury. When Mr Maguire woke up he opened the back door and lit up a cigarette, causing an explosion.

A passerby pulled him from ….read more

(Pictured: Patrick Hannon. Credit: Collins)

A man who allowed others to lodge cheques into his bank account has pleaded guilty to possession of around €50,000 in criminal profits, a court has heard.

Patrick Hannon (48) told gardaí that he built up a very large gambling debt and was told by his debtors he would have to start lodging cheques into his account and then withdrawing the cash shortly afterwards.

Garda John Morrissey told Judge Melanie Greally that the cheques were issued by companies using false aliases, which were closed down once identified. He said the monies involved were linked to criminal activity and ….read more

A cancer patient has being jailed after he admitted a violent street robbery in which he broke the victim’s leg.

Martin Hanley (55) knocked Frank O’Neill to the ground with a punch as the victim left a bookmakers shop with some winnings. Hanley demanded money off the victim while he lay on the ground and stamped on his leg.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Hanley is receiving treatment for cancer and has had a lung surgically removed.

Judge Karen O’Connor said the attack was a vicious and frightening one which shocked the victim and has left him worried for his personal safety.

She ….read more

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