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A man found in a solicitors’ office claiming he was homeless and looking for somewhere to sleep will not be retried for burglary after his conviction was quashed.

Robert Kane (41), with a last address on Dominick Street, in Dun Laoghaire, had denied burglary and criminal damage at the office of Patrick Morrissey and Co Solicitors, on Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, on February 3, 2017.

Kane was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final six months suspended on June 22, 2017.

However, the Court of Appeal quashed Kane’s conviction ….read more

A man given seven years for his role in “a large scale drug distribution hub” must wait to hear whether his sentence will be increased on foot of an appeal by prosecutors.

Stephen Sarsfield (39), of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to possessing €4,170,932 of cannabis and heroin for sale or supply at an address on Ballyfermot Drive, on July 17, 2017. He had four minor previous convictions.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Sarsfield was spotted transferring boxes of cannabis from a large lorry into a garage in a Dublin housing estate before gardaí moved in.

Detective Garda Brian ….read more

(Pictured: Andrew Shannon. Credit: Collins)

A man previously jailed for damaging a €10 million Monet painting must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction for handling another artwork stolen from a stately home.

Andrew Shannon (54) was found guilty of handling a stolen Frederick Goodall piece at his home address at Willians Way, Ongar, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on January 31, 2014.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the Goodall desert scene oil painting, dating back to 1892, was stolen from Bantry House, Seafield, in Cork, in March of 2006.

Gardaí had obtained a warrant to search Shannon’s home on an ….read more

(Pictured: Jonathan Chubb. Credit: Collins)

A former property investor who stole deposits from would-be tenants, including one woman who found herself and her eight-year-old daughter homeless as a result of his fraud, has dropped an appeal against the severity of his sentence at the last minute.

Jonathan Chubb (38) of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, in Dublin pleaded guilty to 34 counts of theft and one count of money laundering between March 2013 and July 2015. He also pleaded guilty to providing a false reference, deception and possession of a forged driving licence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Chubb stole deposits from 11 ….read more

The man who was said to have “set the agenda” for the fatal beating of Dale Creighton (20) on a footbridge in Tallaght five years ago, has had his jail term cut on appeal.

David Burke (29), with a last address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath, initially stood trial for the murder of Mr Creighton along with six others but on the 15th day of their trial those charges were dropped and each accused pleaded guilty to lesser offences.

Mr Creighton was assaulted on the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between Saint Dominic’s Road and Greenhills Road in the early ….read more

A “quiet and shy” man has been sent to jail for possessing 1,027 images of child pornography after his original suspended sentence was deemed too lenient.

Greg Lordan (29), of Parish Field, Clonakilty, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possessing child pornography at his home on February 16, 2017.

He was given a wholly suspended three year sentence by Judge Seán O’Donnabháin on November 9, 2018, which was found to be “unduly lenient” by the Court of Appeal today.

Giving judgement on the appeal brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said gardaí executed a ….read more

A former principal who stole €204,000 from his school for golf equipment and weekends away, has been sent to jail after his original suspended sentence was deemed too lenient.

Finbarr Boyle (39), with an address in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft and two counts of forgery while he was principal at Kilnaleck National School in Co Cavan between 2007 and 2012.

Boyle, who originally faced 23 counts on the indictment, was given a wholly suspended two year sentence on condition he repay €25,000 by Judge John Aylmer at Cavan Circuit Criminal Court on March 15, 2018. ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Dominique Meehan. Credit: Collins)

A man jailed for raping a woman during a gaming convention has lost an appeal against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence.

Keith Hearne (30), of Allenton Drive, in Tallaght, Dublin 24 pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of falsely imprisoning Dominique Meehan at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on July 4, 2015.

Sentencing him to 12 years imprisonment in June 2017, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said it was difficult to express the horror and seriousness of the offence.

Hearne sought to appeal the severity of ….read more

A man jailed for the online sexual exploitation and defilement of a 13-year-old girl, when he was aged 19, has had six-and-a-half year prison sentence cut on appeal.

Darragh Meehan (26), of Dargle Wood, Knocklyon, was 19 years old when he met the 13 year-old girl and they later began communicating online via Skype, FaceBook and texting on a regular basis. The girl told Meehan she was 13 years old.

He exposed himself and masturbated during Skype sessions and invited the girl to masturbate or penetrate herself. During a meeting in person Meehan asked the girl to masturbate him and performed ….read more

A 20-year-old Irish man could face more than 100 years in a US prison for allegedly stealing more than $2 million dollars in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies online.

Conor Freeman, was arrested at his home address in Glenageary Court, Dun Laoghaire, on Thursday on foot of a warrant issued by US authorities.

Mr Freeman’s surrender is being sought on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of aiding and abetting wire fraud and four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. If convicted in the US, Mr Freeman is facing up to 108 years in prison.

US authorities allege ….read more

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