Ruaidhri Giblin


An elderly man given nine months for abusing his son over the course of a decade has had his jail term increased by the Court of Appeal.

The 74-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault in Co Offaly between 1981 and 1992, when his son was aged nine to 21.

He was sentenced to five years imprisonment with the final four years and three months suspended by Judge Keenan Johnson on March 21, 2018.

The Court of Appeal found his nine month jail term to ….read more

(Pictured: Mr John Downey. Credit: Collins)

An alleged IRA bomber given a so-called “comfort letter” by the UK government, must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his proposed extradition north for the 1972 Enniskillen bombing.

Northern Irish authorities are seeking to extradite John Downey (67) to face prosecution for the murder of two British Army Infantrymen as well as aiding and abetting the causing of an explosion on August 25, 1972. Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking on the ….read more

A Dublin man (20) wanted in the United States for alleged hacking theft of more than $2 million dollars in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has been granted bail by the High Court.

Conor Freeman was arrested at his home address in Glenageary Court, Dun Laoghaire, earlier this month 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 ….read more

A man threatened a shopkeeper with a screwdriver after she asked him to stop messing with sweets on display in the shop, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Eoin Comerford (33) was messing with the wrappers of sweets when the shopkeeper, who ran the shop with her husband, approached him and asked him to stop.

She later told gardaí that he had a “mad look” in his eyes and she became terrified. She asked him to leave and he called her “a fucking prostitute”.

Comerford spat at her but missed and her husband tried to usher him out. He ….read more

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

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