Central Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for eight years for the repeated sexual abuse and rape of his younger brother.

Over the course of a decade John Murphy abused his brother, who was aged between ten and 20 years old. The abuse took place in the family home in a town in Cork between 1988 and 1997.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim, now aged in his 40s, wished to waive his anonymity so that his abuser could be identified.

Murphy (45) formerly of Waterfall, Co Cork pleaded guilty last April to twelve sample counts including three of oral rape.

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(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

A man who was 16 when he told a teenage girl he would send around photos of her in a sexual act if she didn’t “give a blowjob” to another boy has been jailed for four years.

The defendant, now aged 20, had previously forced the child to perform oral sex on him while other youths recorded the act on their mobile phones.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child at a place in Dublin on August 21 and August 25, 2015.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Michael White said he ….read more

A student allegedly raped by two men after a night out drinking appeared upset and in shock the next day, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

The complainant was a student at a college in Co Donegal in February 2015 when she says the two defendants raped her after a night of drinking.

The men, who have a legal entitlement to anonymity, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the woman in a town in the county.

The defendants are now aged 29 and 33 and are residents of Donegal. The complainant is now aged in her 20s.

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By Declan Brennan and Isabel Hayes

The friend of a student allegedly raped by two men has told a trial she heard the alleged victim moaning and saying the word “harder” during sex.

The complainant was a student at a college in Co Donegal in February 2015 when she says the two defendants raped her after a night of drinking.

In a trial at the Central Criminal Court, the men, who have a legal entitlement to anonymity, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the woman in a town in the county.

The defendants are now aged 29 and 33 and ….read more

An alleged rape victim has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that she was “blind drunk” when two men had sex with her.

The woman was a student at a college in Co Donegal when she was allegedly raped by the two defendants in February 2015.

In a trial that began last week, the men, who have a legal entitlement to anonymity, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the woman in a town in the county.

The defendants are now aged 29 and 33 and are residents of Donegal. The complainant is now aged in her 20s.

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

A 21-year-old who stabbed another man to death should have listened to his mother and stayed at home, a judge at the Central Criminal Court said today.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt was hearing evidence during a sentence hearing for Blake Sweeney, of Fertha Drive, Cahersiveen, Kerry, who was convicted in July of the manslaughter of Robert Elston (33) of Lisselton at Fertha Drive on May 23, 2018.

Mr Justice Hunt said the tragedy of Mr Elston’s death could have been avoided if Sweeney had listened to his mother, who had told him not to leave the ….read more

A teenager who was raped by her foster father after he plied her with alcohol has faced her attacker in court, telling him: “Today, I stand in front of you a survivor.”

Following a Central Criminal Court trial last July, the 41-year-old man was found guilty by a jury of one count of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of sexually assaulting his then 16-year-old foster daughter at their Munster home on July 16, 2016.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victim, was acquitted by the jury of one count of anal rape. ….read more

A man has been jailed for eight years for the repeated rape of his niece.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to counts of rape, oral rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a child on dates between November 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Michael White said the case was “a huge tragedy” which has left a family devastated.

He said the case was aggravated by the nature of the “horrific” offences involving grooming and exploitation and by the breach of trust. He ….read more

The sentencing of a violent serial sex attacker for the attempted rape of a woman in public at night-time has been adjourned until after his appeal against convictions for similar attacks.

Slawomir Gierlowski (34) of Galtymore Drive, Drimnagh, Dublin is already serving a partially suspended prison term of 22.5 years for random attacks on other women. He has appealed these convictions and the severity of the sentence.

Those attacks took place in the Clondalkin area between 2015 and 2011. Last May he was convicted of sexual assault, attempted rape and assault causing harm of a fourth victim in the city centre on ….read more

A 20-year-old who was 16 when he told a 12-year-old girl he would send around photos of her in a sexual act if she didn’t “give a blowjob” to another boy has said he did not know he was committing a crime.

The defendant had previously forced the child to perform oral sex on him while other youths recorded the act on their mobile phones.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child at a place in Dublin on August 21 and August 25, 2015.

The Central Criminal Court previously heard evidence that the defendant knew the girl ….read more

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