Paul Neilan


(Pictured: Aaron Brady. Photo: Collins)

Garda killer Aaron Brady and another man will stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court next year accused of plotting to pervert the course of justice.

Brady and co-accused Dean Byrne are charged with conspiring to persuade a State witness not to testify during Brady’s trial for the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

Brady had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the married father-of-two but a Central Criminal Court jury found him guilty by a majority verdict in August 2020 ….read more

(Pictured: Martin Aylmer. Photo: Collins)

A “trusted enabler” of the Kinahan Cartel has been jailed for over eight years for his role in the murder of an innocent man and the attempted murder of an associate of the rival Hutch gang, in what gardaí say is a “significant” blow to a “criminal organisation operating a campaign of murder and violence”.

Martin Aylmer made the “schoolboy error” of using his own name and car when he imported tracking devices that the cartel used in both crimes.

Aylmer today was sentenced to 10 years and four months with the final two years suspended after pleading ….read more

A gunman who shot a father dead in front of his seven-year-old daughter has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned at the Court of Appeal.

Keith O’Neill (47) had pleaded not guilty to murdering John Wilson (35) on September 28, 2012, at Mr Wilson’s home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.

A jury found him guilty, however, and he was sentenced to life by Mr Justice Tony Hunt at the Central Criminal Court in May 2015. O’Neill had 116 previous convictions at the time.

Lawyers for O’Neill later claimed the conviction was “unsafe and ….read more

A man linked to convicted criminal Cornelius Price has failed in an appeal against his conviction for having a World War II-era sub-machine gun that was found during a garda search near Price’s home in Co Meath.

Stephen Gibbons (58) of Rockleigh House, Richardstown, Gormanston, Co Meath, had denied a charge of unlawfully possessing a 9mm Makarov PM-63 RAK submachine pistol on or about January 15, 2020, at Richardstown in the county. He was convicted by a jury in May 2021 at Trim Circuit Court, who also found him not guilty of possessing ammunition at the same date and location.

At Gibbons’s ….read more

A man has had his conviction quashed for building safety failures after a fire broke out at a Wexford apartment block he owned seven years ago, despite the Court of Appeal rejecting his grounds of appeal.

Returning judgement today, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the three-judge court would take the unusual step of rejecting the grounds of appeal but quash the conviction due to its concerns about elements of the trial judge’s charge to the jury.

Leslie Peacock (75) was convicted at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court in January 2015 of a “failure to ensure safety in the event of a fire” that ….read more

The law does not require a mandatory driving ban for those convicted of careless driving causing death as a first offence, and a sentencing judge has discretion on the matter, the Court of Appeal has heard.

The court is hearing an appeal brought by Colleen McCann, who is originally from Newry and was given a 12-month fully suspended sentence for careless driving that caused the death of her friend, 17-year-old Ciaran McKenna 10 years ago in Co Monaghan.

McCann (27) with an address at Drumacon, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was deported from the US in 2017 to face charges in relation to the ….read more

A former hotelier who was jailed for raping a 17-year-old employee after a staff party broke down as he told the Court of Appeal today that his defence was not put to the trial jury.

Brian Shaughnessy (55), formerly of Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, was convicted of raping the female part-time employee in the early hours of July 26, 2010, in the presidential suite of the Loughrea Hotel and Spa, which he owned at the time.

He had denied the rape charge but was convicted by a jury in March 2013 and was sentenced to six years with one year suspended by ….read more

The five-and-a-half-year jail sentence imposed on an “upper echelon” gang member who was caught red-handed with over €1 million in cash and drugs – including 5kg of cocaine in a potato bag – was too lenient, the State has told the Court of Appeal.

James Curtis (51) with an address at Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was jailed at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court in October 2021.

The court heard that while serving a suspended sentence Curtis was “caught red-handed” in a field near his home in possession of a potato bag containing 5kg of cocaine. Gardai discovered €41,000 cash and a further ….read more

(Pictured: Retired Garda Sergeant Paul Barry. Photo: Collins)

A report from the Disclosures Tribunal investigating the claims of a retired garda sergeant, who says he was told by a superior officer to “cover up” the alleged sexual abuse of a child where the suspect was allegedly connected to senior gardaí, is expected to be completed before the end of the year after evidence concluded today.

The tribunal is investigating the claims of Paul Barry, who says he was targeted by superiors after he made a protected disclosure over the handling of an alleged child sex assault in Co Cork in 2012.

Today at ….read more

The State has failed in their appeal to have a man’s jail sentence increased for two “grave” and “life-changing” assaults on a pensioner and a “good Samaritan” in Galway city centre six years ago.

The two assaults occurred within minutes of each other in June 2016 when David Bannerton assaulted a 70-year-old man and then an intervening passer-by, who received a fractured skull when trying to break up an altercation between the defendant and his then partner.

Bannerton (47) was jailed for six years with a further 18 months suspended by Judge Rory McCabe at Galway Circuit Criminal Court in January 2021.

Today ….read more

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