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by Seán McCárthaigh

A father serving a ten-year prison sentence for raping his teenage daughter over a 12-year period, including throughout her pregnancy, will spend another three years behind bars after the Court of Appeal ruled the original punishment was too lenient.

Lawyers for the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the ten-year jail term imposed on Oliver Berry (63) of Newtown Lawns, Mullingar, Co Westmeath by the Central Criminal Court in November 2018 after a jury convicted him of 105 counts of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Jennifer (45), who waived her right to anonymity so that her father could ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

A man who left a soldier with life-changing injuries following a one-punch attack outside a nightclub will be sent to prison after his original suspended sentence was successfully appealed by the Director of Public prosecutions on the grounds of undue leniency.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the sentencing judge had erred in fully suspending a four-year sentence imposed at Galway Circuit Criminal Court on Cian Cox (26), originally from Breaffy, Co Mayo with an address at Close Ard, Bohermore, Galway, last November after he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to David McCormack, a member of the Defence ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

A serial driving offender who left two pedestrians seriously injured when he drove onto a busy footpath while high on drugs has dropped his appeal against an eight and a half year sentence at the last minute after being warned that the term of imprisonment could also be increased.

Lawyers for Paul Connolly (38), of Cregg Court, Kilmeague, Robertstown, Co Kildare, were due to appeal the sentence imposed by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in May 2019 after he had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Michael Igoe (54) and Francis Dhala (19) at Coolmine ….read more

by Seán McCárthaigh

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by a Pakistani woman against a seven-year jail term imposed on her after she was caught trying to smuggle almost €2m worth of heroin through Dublin Airport.

Lawyers for Samina Sajjad, (52) a retired postmistress with an address in Middlesborough, England, claimed the sentence imposed by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in May 2019 was unduly severe and failed to take into account her lack of previous convictions and guilty plea.

Sajjad, who was accompanied by her eight-year-old niece, was stopped by gardaí from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau after coming ….read more

(Pictured: Dr Michael Curtis. Credit: Collins)

A homeless man died after suffering 62 stab injuries, including 25 knife wounds to his back, a Central Criminal Court murder trial heard today.

Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said in evidence this morning that Polish national Michal Kurek (33) died from “multiple stab wounds and with a contributory factor of blunt-force trauma to the head and chest” in August 2017.

Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, who is also a Polish national, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Kurek (33), his former housemate, at a place unknown ….read more

(Pictured: Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

The Court of Appeal has heard that an appeal by Tipperary farmer Patrick Quirke against his conviction for the murder of Bobby Ryan could last up to four days.

Lawyers for Quirke and the DPP appeared before a brief sitting of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday to discuss progress in the case.

The full appear hearing is listed for a date in October.

However, the President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice George Birmingham, expressed hope that the parties might be able to conduct the appeal in a shorter timeframe that the three to four days currently ….read more

The Court of Appeal has reduced an eight-year jail sentence imposed on a 69-year-old man for five counts of indecent assault on his young daughter at their family home in Dublin 35 years ago by 12 months.

The offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had appealed against the severity of the sentence imposed by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in November 2019.

The man was sentenced to nine-years in prison, with the final 12 months suspended, after pleading guilty to charges relating to incidents in the victim’s bedroom where he touched his daughter’s vagina, penetrated her vagina with his fingers and ….read more

Three men appearing before the Special Criminal Court charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Christy Keane by the Limerick-based McCarthy-Dundon crime gang have been served with Books of Evidence this morning.

Mr Keane was shot a number of times as he parked his car on the grounds of the University of Limerick at around 6.35am on June 29, 2015.

Noel Price (42) of Kileely Road, Kileely, Limerick City, is charged that with having knowledge of the existence of the McCarthy-Dundon criminal organisation, that he assisted in making available a vehicle to that criminal organisation with the intention of facilitating ….read more

Four men accused of involvement in the attempted murder of Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately have been served with a Book of Evidence at the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at a filling station on the Clonshaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

Peter ‘Peadar’ Keating (39) of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, and Stephen Fowler (61) of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, appeared at the non-jury court charged with the offence under Section 72 (1A) of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

The charge alleges that they between December ….read more

A Polish national sentenced to 15 years for the attempted murder of his wife after hitting her over head with a lump hammer while she slept on her birthday is claiming that he did not intend to kill her at the time of the attack.

Lawyers for Andrzej Benko (48) of Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddart, claim his conviction following a jury trial at the Central Criminal Court in April 2014 for the attempted murder of his wife, Joanna, at their home on July 5, 2010, is unsafe.

At the Court of Appeal on Thursday, Seán Guerin SC for Benko questioned whether on the ….read more

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