Jessie Magee


A criminal money launderer has been sentenced to eleven years in prison after he was caught with €220,000 along with drugs, drug dealing paraphernalia, luxury goods, weapons and ammunition.

Gardaí also found about 10 mobile phones after a search of Paul Keenan’s home, including two BQ Aquaris phones which the court heard are encrypted and often used by criminal gangs.

Keenan (43) of Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to possessing the money on March 13, 2019 and 31 March 2021, along with possessing quantities of drugs on the same occasions.

Passing sentence on Wednesday afternoon at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, ….read more

A man who drove around to various petrol stations over the course of a fortnight, filled up his tank and drove off without paying has been jailed for a year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Odinas Dziugas (22) pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fuel theft from service stations in or around the M1 motorway, on dates between August 6 and August 21 last year.

“He just wanted a free journey. Don’t we all?” remarked Judge Martin Nolan, expressing the hope that Odinas will change his habits.

“For reasons known only to himself, this man decided not to pay for his diesel,” said ….read more

A woman who sent over 2,000 menacing phone messages to her former computer teacher has walked from court with a suspended sentence.

Karen Sutherland (59) could give no explanation to gardaí as to why she had harassed the man and another victim, or why she had also sent abusive messages to herself in order to appear as a victim.

Sutherland, with an address at Kilmore Place, Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5 pleaded guilty on her trial date to two counts of harassment on dates between December 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012.

The case was delayed due a combination of disclosure issues, the ….read more

A blind homeless woman who stole around €40,000 in welfare benefits from the State has walked from court after being handed a fully-suspended sentence.

Rosemarie Fearsaor (39) also known as Maria Rosita Apacha Marchega, represented herself in court as she said she had could not get any solicitor or barrister to take her case.

She pleaded guilty last year to five sample counts on the indictment but later stated that she wished to change her plea to one of not guilty. Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, said the DPP had not been notified of any indication of a changed plea.

Passing sentence at Dublin ….read more

A Dublin man who stole over €10,000 from his stepfather to feed his cocaine habit in a “huge betrayal of trust” has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Father-of-one Ashley Medina (33) pleaded guilty to sample counts representing 54 charges of theft carried out in the Dublin 8 area between December 2020 and February 2021.

The court heard Medina, of North Terrace, Inchicore, was in the throes of addiction when he used his step-father’s bank card to withdraw multiple amounts of about €250 from various ATMs.

Medina’s step-father has since died, the court heard, but the defendant had made ….read more

A Dublin man caught transporting over €17,000 in cocaine by bicycle has walked from Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with a suspended sentenced.

Alan Brody (52) of Kilmahuddrick Walk, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, lived a “very quiet life” but accrued a drug debt because of his cocaine addiction, the court heard.

Brody, a father-of-one, pleaded guilty to possessing 249 grams of cocaine while cycling towards the Nangor Road in Kilmacud on June 5, 2020.

Garda Brendan Murphy told Caroline Cummings BL, prosecuting, that he was on patrol on the day when he noticed a cyclist getting off his bike, leaning it against a bus stop ….read more

A “lackey” who lived a “blameless life” before he got caught laundering over €188,000 that was stashed in his child’s bedroom has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Father-of-two Richard Kearney (40) of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty to possessing the money which was found in a safe in his children’s bedroom on May 11, 2021.

Passing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Martin Nolan accepted that Kearney was holding the money for third parties unknown to him and was not benefitting from the profits.

Judge Nolan added that Kearney had excellent mitigation including no previous convictions, a long ….read more

A man who stole over €6,000 of musical equipment, including DJ lights and speakers, has walked from Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with a suspended sentence.

Karl Brown (45) of Belgard Heights, Tallaght, Dublin 24, pleaded guilty to stealing a large quantity of stock from a van parked outside DjBox in Coolock Industrial Estate on February 22, 2018.

A prosecuting garda told Derek Cooney BL, for the State, that the van was unlocked and parked outside the business premises on the night.

CCTV footage of the incident shows a man opening the rear doors of the van shortly before 6am and using a trolley ….read more

A burglar who stole six bottles of gin and some Yankee Candles has been jailed for three years for the thefts, during which he threatening to kill a shop assistant.

Patrick Cawley (30) of Plunkett Crescent, Finglas, pleaded guilty to stealing the gin valued at €354 from Marks and Spencer on Jervis Street on the morning of January 16 this year.

Garda John Bellew told Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, that the guards were called to the nearby Dealz shop on Moore Street later that morning.

Staff at Dealz said Cawley came in through a fire exit and made his way to a shelf ….read more

A Dublin father-of-seven kicked, punched and beat his wife with a wrench and some cable wire, knocking out two of her three remaining teeth, a court has heard.

Mark Doyle (45) also attempted to strangle his former partner with cable wire during a series of assaults which his own barrister described as “savage”.

Doyle, of Barnaville Park, Ballyfermot has been sentenced to six years in jail at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for three counts of assault causing harm.

Passing sentence today, Judge Martin Nolan said the description of the attacks was “pretty harrowing” and that Doyle deserved a severe custodial sentence.

Judge Nolan said ….read more

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