Fiona Ferguson


(File Picture: Gavin Murphy. Photo: Collins)

A convicted murder serving life imprisonment will not do extra jail time for an earlier assault on two men, in which he slashed the face of one of them, leaving him with permanent scarring.

Gavin Murphy (31) is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former partner, Jennie Poole, on April 17, 2021. He has 19 previous convictions.

Murphy, formerly of Coultry Drive, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to demanding money with menaces and two counts of assault at an address in Clondalkin, on January 16, 2021.

Garda Declan Bambrick told ….read more

A man who falsely claimed to be the driver of a car that had been rear-ended during a personal injuries claim has avoided a jail term.

Artur Muizininks (43) told gardaí he had claimed to be the driver as he was to only person insured to drive the car. He said he had actually been sitting in the rear as he had alcohol taken.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a second man had also claimed to be the driver, prompting the investigation by the gardaí and the insurance company. Dashcam footage of the incident also revealed Muizininks was not the driver.

Garda ….read more

A man has been jailed for three years for his role in the packaging, storing and handling of almost €380,000 belonging to a drugs gang.

Niall McCarthy (43) of Beaumont Road, Beaumont, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of €379,400 which was the proceeds of crime at Beaumont Road, on May 24, 2021. He has no previous convictions.

The court heard he had a cocaine addiction at the time and had taken on a €25,000 drug debt.

A co-accused Derek Murray (39) of Greenwood Walk, Ayrfield, Dublin 13, was also jailed for three years last week for his role ….read more

A man has been jailed for two years for having 117 stolen bicycles, with an estimated value of €50,000, in what a judge described as offending of “almost wilful blindness”.

Dinas Bimbiras (47) said he had spent €20,000 buying the bicycles at markets around the outskirts of Dublin for a “long held ambition” to set up a business fixing them up and selling them on.

Owners were traced for 34 of the bikes and the rest, also believed stolen, were sold at auction.

Bimbiras of Maple Drive, Drumgola Wood, Cavan, Co Cavan pleaded guilty to possession of 116 of the bicycles in ….read more

A man who sexually assaulted his half-sister when she was 13-years-old has been jailed for two and a half years.

The court heard that following the attack, the girl pushed her bed up against her bedroom door so that her attacker would not get back in.

The woman described how she told her then 18 or 19-year-old brother that she was going to “tell mammy or the guards” and had cried all night following the assault “until her eyes were raw”.

The court heard that the defendant’s background and upbringing were dysfunctional, that he had been subjected to ongoing physical abuse and there ….read more

A serial offender who trapped and attacked a woman before masturbating in front of her has been returned to jail for two years after failing to leave the country as a condition of his sentence.

Chico Makamda (39) had been sentenced in 2019 to seven and a half years with the final two and a half years suspended on condition that he leave the country within 14 days of his release.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today that Makamda failed to leave the country as required after being released in January 2022 and has since accrued two convictions for failing to notify ….read more

A former fisherman who fell into drug addiction broke into a Supermacs while wearing a pair of underpants on his head, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Philip Daly (52), who has 102 previous convictions, had been attempting to feed a “deep seated” drug addiction but defence counsel said their client’s behaviour has improved “markedly” since.

Daly of Curran Park, Balbriggan pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of burglary at the Supermacs and Papa Johns in Texaco service station Balbriggan on May 24, 2020 and one burglary at a hairdresser on Chapel Street, Balbriggan on February 2, ….read more

A man who twice raped a 19-year-old woman after breaking into her home and threatening her with a crowbar has been given a 10-year jail sentence.

Daryl McCarthy (29) first orally raped the young woman and when she told him she did not want to have sex, he raised the crow bar and threatened: “Do you want a smack of this?”

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim is still deeply affected by the offences and has moved from her home in an effort to feel safe.

“But it was not an intrusion on a point on a map,” she said, ….read more

(Pictured: Judge Pauline Codd. Photo: Collins)

A judge has said there must be a deterrent to stealing from taxi drivers and others providing public services and they can not be seen as an easy target, as she imposed an eight-year sentence on a knife-point robber today.

“People who are interfacing with the public have to be protected by the courts,” Judge Pauline Codd said today.

Judge Codd was speaking at the sentencing of Michael Collins (32) for the knife-point robbery of two taxi drivers, who outlined in their victim impact statements how they have been and continue to be financially and psychologically impacted ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Gerard Russell. Photo: Collins)

A former manager at St Vincent’s University Hospital who fraudulently used a company credit card to make purchases of over €22,000 has avoided a jail term.

Gerard Russell (55) of New Park Road, Blackrock, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft and deception on dates between August 2014 and June 2015.

An audit was performed after transactions of a “domestic and personal nature” raised a red flag. A large number of items were delivered to the hospital and some were recovered from Russell’s home.

Russell has no previous convictions and there was no victim impact statement before the ….read more

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