Declan Brennan


A High Court judge has told a teenage boy who admits engaging in a sex act with a 12 year old girl that he is angry and frustrated by the way in which the victim was humiliated.

The 17 year old and a co-accused, now aged 20, both from Dublin, have both pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 15 at a place in the county on August 25, 2015.

The older boy has also pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with the same girl on August 21, 2015 at a different ….read more

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Micheal O’Higgins SC told Mr Justice Micheal White that when his client’s name is placed into the Google search engine, the results include links to reports of rape trials.

He said it is really odd that while his client is not named in any of the articles, they appear “juxtaposed” with his name in the search results page. He said the results include links to court reports of the man’s 2018 trial and ….read more

(Pictured: Alex Bravo. Credit: Collins)

An arthritis sufferer who was using cannabis to treat his pain has received a suspended jail term after being caught with over five kilogrammes of the drug.

Gardai searched Alex Bravo’s flat in Dublin city centre home on August 3 last year after receiving confidential information that drugs were being held there for a criminal gang.

Bravo (60) pointed gardaí to a suitcase which contained an Iceland freezer bag with five and a half kilo blocks of cannabis resin. The estimated street value of the drugs found was €31,460.

Bravo told gardaí he used cannabis to treat the pain ….read more

The sentencing of a violent serial sex attacker for the attempted rape of a woman as she arrived home after a night out has been adjourned to October next.

Slawomir Gierlowski (34) is already serving a lengthy prison term for random attacks on other women.
He was convicted earlier this year of a separate sex attack on a fourth victim on the night of December 18, 2010.

After hearing evidence at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Micheal White had adjourned the case to Wednesday.

At this hearing yesterday, Ann Rowland SC, prosecuting, told the court that the DPP intends to seek an adjournment ….read more

A father has being jailed for eight years for the rape and repeated sexual assault of his daughter.

The child’s mother told the Central Criminal Court that she will never forgive the 49 year old man.

He pleaded guilty to oral rape of the child and nine counts of sexual assault at her grandmother’s home on dates between September 1, 2014 and March 2, 2015. He also admitted sexual exploitation of a child by showing her pornographic DVDs.

The offending took place in a county in Munster. Mr Justice Micheal White ordered that nothing more specific about the location could be published.

The court ….read more

(Pictured: Paul Fanning. Credit: Collins)

A man who was caught trying to communicate with a child for sex by a vigilante “sting” operation has been jailed for six months.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Paul Fanning (59) asked for sexually explicit images from dating website profiles he believed belonged to two teenage girls. The accounts were decoys set up by a group called “Emerald Hunters Ireland” in order to find potential paedophiles, the court heard.

Fanning initiated contact with the accounts and in both cases the communication became graphically sexual in nature fairly quickly, Detective Garda David Ganley testified.

In February 10 last ….read more

A teenager who blackmailed his younger cousin in order to continue his sexual exploitation of her has had his sentencing deferred for one year.

The boy, now aged 17 and who cannot be identified because he is still a minor, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the sexual exploitation of two of his cousins and the anal rape of one of them on dates in 2015 and 2016.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Michael White said that this case was particularly difficult and he had some serious difficulty in coming to the decision not to impose an immediate custodial sentence.

“I ….read more

(Pictured: Reverend David Pierpoint, of St Michan’s Parish, Dublin, who delivered a victim impact statement today. Credit: Collins)

A “menace” burglar who pulled off the mummified head of an 800-year-old “Crusader” from a crypt and stole it has being jailed for 28 months.

After his arrest, Brian Bridgeman (36) told gardaí that he woke up in the crypt in St Michan’s Church, Church Street, Dublin and did not know where he was.

“I thought I was dreaming, it wasn’t reality,” he told them.

Bridgeman said he did not remember damaging the coffins and skeletons and said he was “was out of my head” on ….read more

A teenage boy whose own mother took him to gardaí after she learned he had repeatedly raped his eight year old nephew has received a deferred sentence.

The boy was 15 when he got his nephew to perform oral sex on him while the two played computer video games in his home in the midlands.

The Central Criminal Court heard evidence that in September 2017 that the victim’s mother became distraught when her son told her about the abuse.

She contacted her own mother who confronted her then 15 year old son. He initially denied the offending but over time admitted he had ….read more

An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to raping his half-brother four years ago.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the man, who cannot be identified, was aged 14 when he carried out the offending on dates in 2014 and 2015.

He pleaded guilty to six sample charges of rape, contrary to section 4 of the Criminal Law Act 1990.

The court heard the offences of oral rape took place on unknown dates between November 2014 and January 2015 at the family home in Co Clare.

The man also pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement on his half-sister when she was aged about eight ….read more

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