Ruaidhri Giblin

 

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

The Special Criminal Court trial of businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr has been pushed back a number of months to October 5 due to complications with certain witnesses arising out of the Covid-19 crisis.

Mr Mansfield Jnr was due to stand trial at the non-jury court on April 20 on charges relating to false imprisonment and the perversion of justice.

The 52-year-old, of Tasaggart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, is charged with conspiring with one or more persons to falsely imprison Martin Byrne on a date unknown between January 1, 2015 and June 30, ….read more

A Limerick man, who is willing to surrender himself to the United States to face allegations concerning the trafficking of endangered black rhino horn, has been allowed out on bail by the High Court until his extradition can take place.

John Slattery (30), who changed his name to John Flynn by deed poll in recent years, has been in custody awaiting his surrender to US officials but the handover cannot occur at present due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Mr Slattery, from Old Barrack View, Fairhill, Rathkeale, in Limerick, is accused of committing three offences in the US relating to wildlife ….read more

Two men accused of having a handgun with intent to endanger life have been given a trial date in July by the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Stephen Little (46), of Kilbarron Avenue, Dublin 5, and Edward McDonnell (55) of Waterside Apartments, New Ross in Co Wexford, are accused of being in unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol and having the weapon with intent to endanger life at Lein Park, Harmonstown, Dublin 5 on September 14, 2019.

The two men appeared via video link before the three-judge court today to be told their trial will take place on July 6.

Mr Justice Tony ….read more

A failure by Russian authorities to respond to the High Court’s concerns about prison conditions and fair trial rights has resulted in the immediate “termination” of an extradition request.

Igor Khatlamadzhiyev (47), with a last address at Victory of Revolution Prospect, Shakhty, in the Rostov Region, was wanted for a number of alleged thefts and robberies in Russia between November 1997 and February 1998.

The Russian citizen, who has two Irish-born children, allegedly went into hiding sometime after February 1998, according to Russian authorities, and was put on an international wanted list by them in 2004.

As Mr Khatlamadzhiyev could not ….read more

A Limerick man wanted in the United States for the alleged trafficking of endangered black rhino horn is willing to have himself extradited, the High Court has heard.

John Slattery (30), who changed his name to John Flynn by deed poll in recent years, is currently in custody awaiting his surrender to US officials but the handover cannot occur at present due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Mr Slattery, from Old Barrack View, Fairhill, Rathkeale, in Limerick, is accused of committing three offences in the US relating to wildlife trafficking.

US authorities allege that he and two others travelled to a ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty. Credit: Collins)

The judge in charge of High Court bail has warned lawyers not to burden the courts with multiple applications for bail solely on the basis of a feared outbreak of Covid-19 in the Irish prison system that has not happened yet.

Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty, who was splitting a list of 38 applications for High Court bail with another judge on Tuesday, said a number of cases were appearing before her where bail had recently been refused and the only change of circumstance cited was “fear of the virus” in prison.

Ms ….read more

The Special Criminal Court has wished high profile solicitor Niall Murphy a speedy recovery on foot of newspaper reports over the weekend that he is in a critical condition battling Covid-19.

Mr Murphy (43) has been involved in a number of high-profile criminal trials and civil cases in recent years, often involving those affected by the Troubles.

Having practised in Dublin’s Special Criminal Court in the past, presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt took the opportunity on Monday to wish the father-of-three a speedy recovery.

Mr Justice Hunt, presiding alongside Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin and Judge Gerard Griffin, said Mr ….read more

A Dublin man has pleaded guilty to participating in activities intended to help a Criminal Organisation with a plot to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch.

Mark Capper (31) of Cappagh Green, in Finglas, Dublin 11, was transferred from custody to the non-jury Special Criminal Court today to enter his guilty plea.

Capper pleaded guilty to having knowledge of the existence of a Criminal Organisation and participating in activities intended to facilitate the commission of a serious offence by that Criminal Organisation, or any of its members, to wit the murder of Patrick Hutch within the State between February 1 and March ….read more

Four men will appear before the Special Criminal Court on Friday over the alleged assault and false imprisonment of Quinn Industrial Holdings Director Kevin Lunney last September.

Luke O’Reilly (66), from Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan, Darren Redmond (25), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin and Alan O’Brien (39), of Shelmalier Road, East Wall are charged with false imprisonment and assault causing serious harm to Mr Lunney at Drumbrade, Ballinagh, Co Cavan on September 17, 2019.

A fourth accused cannot be named for legal reasons.

They were sent forward for trial at the Special Criminal Court last Thursday and formal orders ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

There is no reason why non-jury trials cannot proceed in the Special Criminal Court when many other upcoming court cases have been placed in doubt over the Covid-19 crisis.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding in the three-judge court on Monday, was speaking about the upcoming trial of a man charged with the murder of Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub in Dublin’s north inner city on April 25, 2016.

The trial of UK national David Hunter (41), with an address at Du Cane Road, White City in London, is due to take place on ….read more

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