Paul Neilan


(Pictured: Liam Campbell. Photo: Collins)

The case of an Estonian hitman jailed in Ireland for his role in a Kinahan cartel murder plot and wanted in eastern Europe over the murder of a pop star’s lover has been adjourned until the final outcome in Liam Campbell’s extradition battle.

Earlier this week, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against surrender by Campbell (58), who has been fighting extradition to Lithuania for more than 12 years. The High Court heard today however that Campbell has applied to have his case heard by the Supreme Court.

Imre Arakas (63), who was jailed for ….read more

A man who booked flights for an international hitman hired in a Kinahan cartel plot to murder a rival Hutch gang member has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for five years.

Dubliner David Duffy is the latest man to be sentenced for his involvement in a bid by the cartel to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately and was today jailed by the three-judge court for supplying logistical support.

In April, Duffy (33) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to having knowledge of the existence of a criminal organisation and participating in or contributing to activities connected with the ….read more

Lifelong criminal Trevor Byrne will serve consecutive jail sentences totalling 17.5 years for firearms offences and for the armed robbery of a bookmakers, after which he hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.

Byrne, who has 44 previous convictions, had left his phone at the scene of the robbery and was convicted earlier this year by the Special Criminal Court of five charges arising from the armed robbery of Boylesports in Applewood Village in Swords, Co Dublin, on March 19, 2010.

The defendant (41) of Cappagh Road, Finglas West in Dublin had pleaded not guilty to the robbery, ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: Collins)

The trial of businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr, who is accused of setting up a long-time employee to be taken prisoner by a gang, has again been adjourned at the Special Criminal Court until October.

It is not the first lengthy adjournment in the trial. In December last year the trial was adjourned after a significant amount of CCTV footage was disclosed to the defence, who requested time to view it, and resumed for a brief period on Monday.

That was the second adjournment for CCTV evidence in the trial, with the property magnate’s case previously ….read more

A convicted murderer has been given an eight-year sentence for throwing the dead body of another man into a Cork river after the victim had found out about the first killing.

Jonathan Duke (27) was strangled to death at Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon, Co Cork, on November 12, 2011. His body was then thrown into the nearby River Bandon.

Just 24 hours earlier, a resident of the building, 42-year-old John Forrester, had met a similar fate.

Mr Duke, a father-of-one, was visiting Mr Forrester’s murderers there when he became aware of what had happened the previous day. Gardaí believe he was ….read more

A serial fraudster who handed in fake references to a judge during her sentencing on theft offences also forged two more documents that have only now been discovered, the Court of Appeal heard today.

Emma Fehily (37) was initially given a fully-suspended sentence because the sentencing judge was unhappy with the “complete and utter joke” of her early release on previous theft charges.

The DPP had appealed the one-year fully suspended sentence imposed on Fehily on grounds of undue leniency. Fehily was today sentenced to three-and-half-years’ imprisonment with 18 months suspended for two years on two counts of forgery and two counts ….read more

(Pictured: Accused Mr Kenneth Donohoe. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court trial of two men who deny murdering veteran crime figure Eamon Kelly in north Dublin nine years ago has heard closing speeches from both the prosecution and defence teams.

Father-of-nine Kelly (65) was shot four times in the back as he walked towards his home in north Dublin in December of 2012. He was one of the country’s most well-known criminal figures, having been involved in organised crime for more than four decades.

The three-judge court has heard the trial of Kenneth Donohoe and Darren Murphy, who are charged with murdering Kelly ….read more

A Donegal man who twice rammed his neighbour’s home with his car, broke her jaw and tried to escape gardaí by swimming to Tyrone has had his jail sentence doubled by the Court of Appeal.

Leon Kelly had been sentenced to two-and-a-half years with 12 months suspended for criminal damage and assault causing harm to Ann Mitchell (62) in November of last year by Letterkenny Circuit Court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had submitted to the Court of Appeal that an 18-month jail sentence was unduly lenient in the case.

The court heard that Kelly caused €13,000 worth of damage after ramming his ….read more

Lawyers for a man serving a ten-year prison sentence for infecting former partners with HIV have argued before the Court of Appeal that a crucial circumstantial evidence warning should have been given to the jury who convicted him.

The Ugandan man (30), who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, appeared via video-link today appealing his 2018 Dublin Circuit Criminal Court conviction for intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to his two female victims on dates between November 2009 and June 2010. It was the first trial of its kind in Ireland.

Today, Paul Greene SC, for the appellant, ….read more

(Pictured: Accused Mr Kenneth Donohoe. Credit: Collins)

There is “very strong support” to suggest that firearms particles found on a jacket taken from a house where a man accused of murdering Eamon Kelly was arrested matched those recovered from shell casings recovered at the murder scene, an expert witness has told the Special Criminal Court.

Father-of-nine Kelly (65) was shot four times in the back as he walked towards his home in north Dublin in December of 2012. He was one of the country’s most well-known criminal figures, having been involved in organised crime for more than four decades.

The three-judge court ….read more

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