Central Criminal Court

A hotel porter has been jailed for five and a half years for the oral rape and sexual assault of a colleague at the end of a staff night out.

Alexander Udrea (33) of Lennox Street, Portobello, Dublin was convicted last March after a trial at the Central Criminal Court of sexual assaulting the woman a number of times at her then home in the city on January 6, 2019.

Udrea and the woman had been out at a staff Christmas party and had left a nightclub together. They got a taxi to go back to her home and there was some ….read more

A man who sexually assaulted his half-sister when she was 13-years-old has been jailed for two and a half years.

The court heard that following the attack, the girl pushed her bed up against her bedroom door so that her attacker would not get back in.

The woman described how she told her then 18 or 19-year-old brother that she was going to “tell mammy or the guards” and had cried all night following the assault “until her eyes were raw”.

The court heard that the defendant’s background and upbringing were dysfunctional, that he had been subjected to ongoing physical abuse and there ….read more

(File Picture: Victim Ms Sinead Connolly. Photo: Collins)

A second Dublin man has pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to possession of a semi-automatic handgun in connection with the attempted murder of a mother who was left paralysed after a shooting at her home in the city last year.

Mother-of-one Sinead Connolly was shot while her eight-year-old daughter hid under the kitchen table in their home at Bernard Curtis House apartments in Bluebell, Dublin 12, in March of last year. Ms Connolly suffered paralysis below the chest as a result of her injuries.

She told the court that the gunman – Dean ….read more

by Alison O’Riordan

A man accused of murdering his wife in Mayo in 2019 will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in December.

James Kilroy (48) of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, is accused of the murder of mother-of-three Valerie French Kilroy (41) at their home in June 2019.

Today, Mr Justice David Keane fixed a date of December 12, 2022 for the trial, which is expected to last three-to-four days at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

A mother who held her son while he lay dying after his partner’s ex-husband stabbed him has told the Central Criminal Court she is “haunted” by his death and by his last words: “He stabbed me, ma. He stabbed me.”

Catherine Martin said the murder of her son, Eoin Boylan (32), has “shattered my heart”, leaving her struggling every day with the “heavy weight of despair”.

She said: “Simple tasks like peeling potatoes remind me I will never make dinner for him again. Setting the table, I’m reminded there is no place to set for Eoin. He is not there to ….read more

A violent offender who raped a teenager with a mild intellectual disability after accosting her on the street at night, before falsely imprisoning her and raping her twice more in his home, has been jailed for six and a half years.

Costel Pirvu (39) formerly of Loughrea, Co Galway, was found guilty of three counts of rape and one of false imprisonment after a nine-day trial at the Central Criminal Court last year.

He continues to maintain his innocence.

Detective Garda Adrian Fehily told Éilis Brennan SC, prosecuting, that the offence took place at a town in the west of Ireland in the ….read more

By Eimear Dodd

A Laois man who raped and sexually abused his young daughter over a four-year period has been jailed for 10 years.

Patrick Shiels (66) sexually abused and orally raped his daughter Marlene Prakash-Shiels, when she was aged between four and eight, during visits to his home between September 2000 and December 2004.

The Central Criminal Court had previously heard that Ms Prakash-Shiels wished to waive her right to anonymity.

Shiels was found guilty of oral rape and four counts of sexual assault on various occasions between September 2000 and December 2004 at his then address in Togher, Portlaoise, Co Laois following ….read more

(Mr Justice David Keane. Photo: Collins)

By Claire Henry

A senior judge has refused to accept character references submitted on behalf of a man who raped one child and sexually abused two others over three decades ago, after hearing that the referees were not present in court.

Mr Justice David Keane today stated that he would only allow character references if the people who had written the letters were present in court to take the stand.

The defendant, who is now aged in his late sixties, was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of anal rape and multiple indecent and sexual assaults, ….read more

A serial child abuser subjected his younger cousin to relentless and constant sexual abuse for four years, raping him as much as 50 times per year, a court has heard.

The 61-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was convicted after a trial at the Central Criminal Court last May of seven counts of rape and six counts of indecent assault at his flat in Dublin city in the nineties.

The boy was aged ten when the abuse began in 1991. The attacks involved oral and anal rapes and continued until 1997 when the victim told ….read more

A man who twice raped a 19-year-old woman after breaking into her home and threatening her with a crowbar has been given a 10-year jail sentence.

Daryl McCarthy (29) first orally raped the young woman and when she told him she did not want to have sex, he raised the crow bar and threatened: “Do you want a smack of this?”

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim is still deeply affected by the offences and has moved from her home in an effort to feel safe.

“But it was not an intrusion on a point on a map,” she said, ….read more

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