Ruaidhri Giblin


A “family man” caught with more than three-quarters of a million euro in cash will not face any extra jail time for money laundering, despite an appeal by prosecutors.

Clive Kavanagh (37), with an address at Griffeen Glen, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to having €829,265 at Tougher’s Garage, Naas, Co Kildare, on September 1, 2017, knowing or believing the money to be the proceeds of crime.

He was sentenced at Naas Circuit Criminal Court to three years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended on July 4, 2019, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal today.

The Director of Public ….read more

(Pictured: Dan Flynn. Credit: Collins)

A 76-year-old former farm labourer has been told that his two-year jail term for brutally raping a six-year-old girl forty years ago was “unduly lenient”.

Dan Flynn, a Co Tipperary resident, was 36-years-old when he grabbed the six-year-old girl and threw her onto his bed, telling her “I have got you now.” He raped the child, forced his penis into her mouth, spat into her face and stepped over her as she lay on the ground. “As if I was nothing,” the victim said.

Flynn, who lived with his late mother at the time, pleaded guilty at the ….read more

A man who raped and sexually abused his three daughters in their Dublin family home over an 18-year period must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction.

The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 44 charges of sexually abusing his daughters, 37 counts of raping his eldest daughter, one charge each of anal rape of this girl and oral rape of her younger sister, and one charge of issuing a threat to kill his youngest daughters on dates between ….read more

(Pictured: Court of Appeal President Mr Justice George Birmingham. Credit: Collins)

A 20-year-old charged with sexually assaulting his next door neighbour five-and-a-half years ago has failed to halt his pending prosecution on grounds of “unacceptable” delay.

The accused, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with sexually assaulting a six-year-old in the east of the country, in late 2014 when he himself was a minor.

He was charged nearly two and a half years after the alleged incident in question and is facing a Circuit Criminal Court trial next year.

His lawyers sought to prohibit his trial and, alternatively, an ….read more

A man in his 60s, who is facing criminal charges “drawn from thousands” of alleged instances of abusing his younger relative between 1971 and 1982, has lost a last ditch bid to halt his pending prosecution on grounds of delay.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with 105 charges of sexual abuse when his relative was aged between seven and 18 years. The offences are alleged to have occurred in the accused’s home and in outdoor locations in and around that home.

His lawyers unsuccessfully sought to prohibit his trial on grounds that the ….read more

(Pictured: Ian Bailey. Credit: Collins)

A hearing into the proposed extradition of Ian Bailey to France, for the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, will take place in the High Court next month.

It is the third time French authorities have sought Mr Bailey’s surrender in relation to the death of Ms du Plantier, whose badly beaten body was found outside her holiday home in Schull in December 1996.

Mr Bailey, with an address at The Prairie, Liscaha, Schull, west Cork, was convicted of the Frenchwoman’s murder in his absence in a Paris court earlier this year. The three-judge Cour d’Assises ….read more

A teenager has pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious harm to a family member by stabbing him in the chest.

The 18-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court today to intentionally causing serious harm to his relative at a house in Tallaght, on August 27, 2018.

His plea was acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions on a full facts basis, according to prosecuting counsel, Paul Carroll SC.

Counsel for the teenager, Fiona Murphy SC, said her client was 17 at the time of the offence, and had come from a ….read more

(Pictured: Glenwood House, where Ana Kriegel was murdered. Credit: Collins)

One of the teenage boys found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriégel will seek to have his conviction overturned on April 24.

The 15-year-old, referred to in court as Boy B, was unanimously found guilty of murdering the “lonely and vulnerable” schoolgirl last June and was sentenced to 15 years detention, to be reviewed after eight years.

Boy A and Boy B, whose identities cannot be published as they are children, were just 13-years-old when they murdered 14-year-old Ana in May 2018.

Boy B lured Ana from her home, knowing that ….read more

(File Picture: President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham. Credit: Collins)

Two men said to have “played an integral part in the distribution of cannabis throughout Ireland” have had their original prison sentences more than doubled by the Court of Appeal, following an appeal by prosecutors.

Polish nationals Tomasz Witkowski (41) and Mariusz Sowa (39) had only recently come to Ireland when they were arrested for possessing €1.3 million worth of cannabis for sale or supply at a house on the Tullow Road, Co Carlow on March 30, 2018.

They pleaded guilty and were each jailed for two-and-a-half ….read more

(Pictured: John Shaw’s deceased partner-in-crime, Geoffrey Evans)

The State’s longest serving prisoner is still seeking two days temporary release per year, which the Minister for Justice refused for “no reason”, his lawyers have told the Court of Appeal. 

Serial killer John Shaw (73) has been in custody in Ireland since September 1976 when both he and another English man, Geoffrey Evans, were arrested for the abduction, rape, torture and murder of Elizabeth Plunkett (22) in Wicklow and Mary Duffy (24) in Mayo that year. 

Shaw and Evans were both given life sentences at the Central Criminal Court on February 9, 1978.  

Evans died in ….read more

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