Ruaidhri Giblin

 

A dependency on alcohol can diminish a person’s responsibility for murder such that juries should be allowed to find them guilty of manslaughter, the Court of Appeal has been told.

The “unusual” argument was made in the case of Michael McDonald (56), an alcoholic who murdered his ex-girlfriend Breda Cummins (31) in Athy, Co Kildare on May 13, 2010.

McDonald, of Barnhill, Castledermot, Co Kildare, had been in a five year relationship with Ms Cummins which ended six weeks earlier. He admitting killing his ex-partner by stabbing her six times to the chest as she lay in bed, but denied ….read more

A ‘Daniel O’Donnell superfan’ has had her prison sentence for participating in a cocaine “factory” cut in half by the Court of Appeal.

Molly Sloyan (26), from Kinsale, Co Cork, made headlines of a more innocent nature previously when her disappointed reaction to a Daniel O’Donnell impersonator on the Late Late Show went viral.

Last year, She was one of four people who pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Seascape, Dromleigh, in Bantry, on November 26, 2017.

Sentencing her to 10 years imprisonment with the final three years suspended, Judge ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Leanne Murphy. Credit: Collins)

A 75-year-old man has had his conviction for raping his granddaughter quashed after reports were obtained to determine whether he was fit to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court more than a year ago.

Christopher Redmond, of Rathvilly Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11, was found in recent weeks to have had a severe form of dementia for some time “with no prospect of recovery”. An earlier report, prepared prior to his trial early last year, found him to have a mild cognitive impairment but there was nothing to suggest he was unfit to be tried ….read more

A man caught cultivating 112 cannabis plants in Co Tipperary while he should have been serving a 12-year-jail term in the UK, has lost an appeal against his five year sentence.

Welsh man Wesley Purse (41), with an address at Ballydavid, Cloghrea, Rossadrehid, had pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation of €42,000 worth of cannabis at Rossadrehid on May 3, 2017.

He was sentenced at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court to five years imprisonment by Judge Tom Teehan on June 29, 2018, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal today.

Giving judgement in the three-judge court, Ms Justice Máire Whelan said Purse ….read more

A 51-year old man jailed for a “frenzied” knife attack on his step-daughter and her partner has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Patrick McMorrow (51), of Caltragh Crescent, Sligo, pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Patrice McMorrow and her partner Michael Harte at the Crozon Inn, in Sligo, on October 23rd 2016.

He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with the final two years suspended by Judge Keenan Johnson on June 25, 2018, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal today.

Giving judgement, President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham said Patrick ….read more

A woman high on crack cocaine who accelerated away from a garda as he held onto the car door, has had her four-and-a-half year prison sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Christina Joyce (31), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to endangering Garda Thomas Gallagher and assault causing him harm at Macken Villas, Grand Canal Dock on April 9, 2018. She also pleaded guilty to two counts of trespass, damaging a wall and damaging a car on the same date.

She was sentenced to four-and-a-half years imprisonment by Judge Martin Nolan on July 19, 2018, which was upheld by ….read more

(Pictured: Mohamed Okda. Credit: Collins)

A man jailed for raping a woman he met after she became lost on a night out in Dublin city has had his conviction quashed on appeal.

Egyptian national Mohamed Okda (33), formerly of Coolfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois had pleaded not guilty to two counts of raping the woman and one count of sexual assault at a flat in Dublin city centre on February 9, 2014.

He was unanimously found guilty on all counts by a jury following a seven day trial and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with the final year suspended by Mr Justice Michael ….read more

(Pictured: Kevin Hannaway. Credit: Collins)

Voices heard on a covert audio recording of an IRA meeting was real evidence and was not “a group of actors up in Garda HQ”, DPP lawyers have told the Court of Appeal.

Kevin Hannaway, one of the so-called “hooded men”, was one of five jailed last year for participating in an IRA inquiry of suspected informants at a house in Dublin in 2015.

The IRA’s Dublin and Belfast brigades wanted to know who was responsible for leaking information and a number of men were brought to a house in Castleknock in Dublin to interrogate them. ….read more

(Pictured: Kevin Hannaway. Credit: Collins)

Voices on a covert audio recording of an IRA “inquiry” should not have been attributed to five people on trial for assisting and working for the IRA, the Court of Appeal has been told.

Kevin Hannaway, one of the so-called “hooded men”, was one of five jailed last year for participating in an IRA inquiry of suspected informants at a house in Dublin.

The IRA’s Dublin and Belfast brigades wanted to know who was responsible for leaking information and a number of men were brought to a house in Castleknock in Dublin to interrogate them.

The gardaí, ….read more

The Superior Courts recognise that recent challenges to the interpretation of drink driving legislation contain many arguments that have the appearance of being “cynical”, according to a senior judge.

Giving judgement on a drink driver’s claim that he had the “right to be informed” that breathalyser statements can be provided in either Irish or English, Ms Justice Marie Baker said “it would be best” to describe the arguments advanced as being “technical in nature”.

She said the background to the case concerned the arrest and conviction of Westmeath man Gerard Maher for driving with excess alcohol. Maher, of Ballysallagh, Ballynacargy, Co ….read more

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