Eoin Reynolds


(Pictured: Ms Kelly Smyth, partner of the late Vincent Ryan, speaking outside court today. Credit: Collins)

Two men have been sentenced to a total of 20 years for helping a criminal gang to murder Vinnie Ryan, a brother of slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan.

Jeffrey Morrow received the longer sentence of eleven years after Mr Justice Michael White detailed his history of crimes, including conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van carrying €1million.

Paul O’Beirne was sentenced to nine years, with Mr Justice White saying he finds it difficult to understand why a man with no history of criminal activity got involved ….read more

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) wants to sell off a fleet of 114 cars valued at almost €3 million that were seized from a Limerick motor dealer last March, the High Court heard today.

At a hearing a barrister said the cars are expensive to store and are losing value, so the State wants to sell them off as quickly as possible.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart adjourned the matter to August 15 when she will decide whether to allow CAB to sell the cars. She said that assets such as cars can “rapidly depreciate” and the maximum value of the cars should ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

A man who attempted to murder a teenager at a popular Dublin hiking spot and assaulted a psychiatric nurse by attempting to strangle him with a sock has been given permission to move out of his mother’s home.

Mr Justice Michael White at the Central Criminal Court today told Michael Corbett, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, that he must continue taking his medication when he moves to his new home or he risks having a psychotic episode.

In July last year, Corbett (29) was released from a nine-year prison sentence having served less than three ….read more

A “model prisoner” who has helped fellow inmates to quit alcohol and drugs since being charged with possession of €1.25 million worth of heroin has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.

Delivering sentence today, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said heroin is “ruinous” to individuals, families and society in general and while the defendant Michael Brady was not the dominant person in the criminal gang, “he was trusted by that gang to look after a substantial quantity of heroin.”

Brady is a brother of Declan Brady (53), who is known as ‘Mr Nobody’ and was jailed for 11.5 years ….read more

(Pictured: Paul O’Beirne. Credit: Collins)

Two men who helped a criminal gang murder Vinnie Ryan, a brother of slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan, have asked a judge for mercy and to leave “light at the end of the tunnel” when handing down sentence.

The court heard that defendant Jeffrey Morrow (37) has 120 previous convictions, including one for plotting a €1m cash-in-transit robbery.

Mr Ryan’s partner Kelly Smyth said Vinnie’s daughter, who was five weeks old when he was shot dead, is beginning to wonder what happened to her daddy. She asked: “How do I explain to a three year old ….read more

A 67-year-old man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing a man in Galway city more than two years ago.

Noel Lenihan, from Mervue in Galway, had been charged with the murder of 38-year-old Christopher McGrath.

Today he pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when the charge was put to him at the Central Criminal Court.

Conor Devalley SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said the plea was acceptable to the State.

Mr Justice Michael White adjourned sentencing until November and remanded Mr Lenihan on continuing bail.

Mr McGrath’s body was found at the home of Mr Lenihan in ….read more

(File Picture: Vincent Ryan. Credit: Collins)

Two men have pleaded guilty to helping a criminal organisation murder Dublin man Vinnie Ryan, a a brother of slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan. 25-year-old Vinnie Ryan was shot in the head after dropping his partner and infant daughter at her home.

Paul O’Beirne and Jeffrey Morrow went on trial on June 24 when they pleaded not guilty to Mr Ryan’s murder. Following almost two weeks of legal argument, both men pleaded guilty to facilitating a serious offence contrary to Section 72 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006.

Morrow made his plea last Friday while ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

Legal representatives for the two boys convicted of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl Ana Kriegel will be given parts of one another’s probation reports, a judge at the Central Criminal Court has decided.

At a brief hearing today, Gerardine Small BL for the Director of Public prosecutions asked Mr Justice Paul McDermott to allow the legal teams for the two boys to see those parts of the probation reports relating to Ana’s murder and sexual assault.

Patrick Gageby SC, for Boy A, said he had no objection as did Damien Colgan SC for Boy B. They also did ….read more

(Pictured: Vincent Ryan. Credit: Collins)

A judge has ordered separate trials for two men who denied murdering Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead while he parked his car outside his partner’s home.

Paul O’Beirne (36) of Colepark Drive, Ballyfermot and Jeffrey Morrow (37) of Burnell Court, Coolock last month pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Vincent Ryan at McKee Road in Finglas on February 29, 2016.

Following almost two weeks of legal argument, Mr Justice Michael White at the Central Criminal Court today told the eight men and four women that there have been developments in their absence. He said he has directed ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

A Central Criminal Court judge has adjourned sentencing until October for the two boys convicted of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl Anastasia Kriegel as he awaits psychiatric reports.

Brendan Grehan SC, on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions, said Ana’s parents have written a statement detailing the impact of Ana’s death on their lives but they want to wait for a full sentence hearing before addressing the court.

The boys, referred to in the media only as Boy A and Boy B because they are aged 14, were in court for today’s brief hearing and sat with ….read more

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