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A Dublin man who sexually abused his step-daughter and secretly recorded her undressing in a bathroom has had his jail sentence reduced by six months.

The 51-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had appealed the severity of a six-year jail sentence imposed by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July 2020.

The appellant had pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of his step-daughter when aged 11 at his then address on an unknown date between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography on a date between November 12, 2015 ….read more

A Dublin man has lost an appeal against his conviction for IRA membership following a threat to shoot an accident victim if he did not withdraw an insurance claim against his former employer.

The Court of Appeal dismissed all grounds of the appeal by Ciaran Maguire (32), who was jailed for four years and 11 months after he and his co-accused Kevin Braney (46) were convicted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court in May 2018.

Maguire, of Kippure Park in Finglas and Braney, of Glenshane Crescent in Tallaght had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

A former Dublin senior county hurler and heroin addict has won his appeal to have the conditions of his three-year jail sentence for robbing a post office in Co Longford varied.

The Court of Appeal agreed to an application by Alan Coyne (46) of Ballinaree Cottage, Edgeworthsown, Co Longford, to extend the time limit for him to pay compensation to his victims.

Coyne was sentenced to five years in prison with the final two years suspended at Longford Circuit Criminal Court in May 2020 after pleading guilty to the robbery of the post office in Ardagh, Co Longford on October ….read more

A travelling salesman has had an appeal against his conviction for the rape of a female assistant following a visit to a fair in Co Cork six years ago dismissed.

The Court of Appeal ruled there was no basis to the three grounds of appeal raised by lawyers for the 56-year-old trader to try and overturn his conviction.

Lawyers for the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, claimed text messages of a sexual nature between their client, his victim and another female employee around the time of the offence should not have been admitted in evidence.

The ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

Two brothers who were caught “red-handed” in a Kinahan Cartel plot to carry out the “execution style” murder of a member of the Hutch family have withdrawn appeals against the severity of their 12.5-year jail sentences after being informed they could have faced a lengthier term of imprisonment, even if successful.

Gary Thompson (36) of Plunkett Green in Finglas and his brother Glen (26) of Plunkett Drive also in Finglas, Dublin 11 were two members of a three-man “hit for hire” gang that targeted Patrick “Patsy” Hutch. They pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in July 2019 to ….read more

(Pictured: Richard Dekker. Credit: Collins)

by Sean McCarthaigh

A man who was found guilty of the murder of Dublin teenager Daniel McAnaspie over a decade ago is to appeal his conviction for the crime.

Richard Dekker (34) made legal history in 2017 when he became the first person ever to be convicted for murder after having previously been acquitted of the offence.

Dekker from Blanchardstown was found guilty of the murder of Daniel McAnaspie – a 17-year-old youth who had been in the care of the HSE before his death – by a unanimous jury verdict following a trial at the Central Criminal Court ….read more

A “cunning” abuser who plied two young teenage girls with drugs before defiling them at his apartment in a midlands town has had a prison sentence for the offences reduced from nine to seven years.

The 31-year-old male succeeded in his appeal against the severity of the original sentence handed down at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court in November 2019 of a 12-year jail term with the final three years suspended.

The appellant, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded guilty to the defilement of a 14-year-old girl under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 on ….read more

Two men have had their convictions quashed for the ‘savage’ murder of a 64-year-old Offaly man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat in his own home.

The Court of Appeal today overturned the verdicts against the men, who have been in prison for almost five years, and substituted them with convictions for impeding the apprehension or prosecution of a person.

The substituted verdicts come under Section 7 Subsection 2 of the Criminal Law Act 1997, which makes it an offence to impede the apprehension or prosecution of a person believed or known to be guilty of an offence.

After delivering ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

A “cunning” abuser who plied a young teenage girl with drugs before defiling her at his apartment in the midlands has appealed against the severity of a lengthy jail term imposed for the offences.

The 30-year-old male was sentenced to 12 years in prison at a sitting of Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court in November 2019 with the final three years suspended.

The appellant, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded guilty to the defilement of a 14-year-old girl under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 on dates between September 1, 2018 and November ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

The DPP has submitted that an 18-month jail sentence handed down to a Donegal man who caused €13,000 worth of damage after twice ramming his vehicle into a neighbour’s car and home before breaking her jaw was unduly lenient.

Leon Kelly had a two and a half year jail sentence imposed at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court last November with the final 12 months suspended after pleading guilty to assault causing harm on Ann Mitchell (62) and criminal damage to her home at Beechwood Grove, Lifford, Co Donegal on April 13, 2019.

Kelly (34) a father of three of The Close, ….read more

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