Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Patrick Nevin. Credit: Collins)

Tinder rapist and serial sex offender Patrick Nevin has had his 12-year jail term increased by two and a half years, after an undue leniency appeal by the State.

The Court of Appeal today described the impact on each of his victims as ‘nothing short of devastating’.

The now 38-year-old attacked three women he met on Tinder during their first meetings in the space of eleven days in July 2014.

The sentencing court for two of these attacks heard that he had a preoccupation with sex and hostility towards women and that Nevin is at a high risk of ….read more

A father who was found guilty of sexually assaulting his 19-year-old daughter on Christmas morning in 2017 has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

The man’s barrister, Sean Guerin SC, had argued before the Court of Appeal that the trial judge had erred in refusing to permit the defence to cross-examine the complainant in respect of the contents of a diary found in her room, in which the words “Hate Dad” were written, in order to show “pre-existing malice”.

The defence contended that these words authored by the complainant herself contained evidence of ill-will towards the appellant. It was submitted that they ….read more

An Albanian man, who fraudulently obtained Irish citizenship by pretending to be a Kosovan refugee, has had his 18-month jail term halved by the Court of Appeal in what is believed to be the first ever case of its type here.

Emri Bardhoshi’s false identity was five years younger than he was, and he came clean when he feared that this would hamper his treatment for a medical problem he developed.

The now 42-year-old had presented himself as a Kosovan fleeing war in the Balkans, when he arrived in the back of a lorry in 2001. He also gave a false name ….read more

(Pictured: Patrick Nevin. Credit: Collins)

A serial sex offender has appealed against the severity of his 14-year sentence for attacking women he met through Tinder. The State has counter appealed, arguing that the sentence, of which the final two years were suspended, was too lenient.

Patrick Nevin (38) attacked three women during their first meetings in the space of eleven days in July 2014.

The sentencing court for two of these attacks heard that he had a preoccupation with sex and hostility towards women; he was at a high risk of re-offending.

Nevin had pleaded guilty to raping one woman at Bellewstown, Co ….read more

(Pictured: Seamus Marley. Credit: Collins)

An alleged IRA man jailed for raping teenage boys at a ‘republican safe house’ over two decades ago, and who was subject to ‘severe’ verbal abuse by other inmates in prison, has been refused more time to lodge an appeal against his conviction.

The Court of Appeal ruled that there wasn’t even ‘a modest degree of optimism’ that any of Seamus Marley’s grounds of appeal might succeed.

According to the judge who jailed him last year, the Belfast native had used his standing in the republican movement, a movement ‘well capable of clandestine killings’, to silence his victims.

The ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice George Birmingham. Credit: Collins)

A teenage boy who tried to murder a woman he met on an internet dating app will serve a further two years detention before his 11-year sentence is reviewed, following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Court of Appeal today increased the teenager’s sentence review date by two years to seven years, after finding that the original five-year term was too lenient.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham delivered judgment, saying that a review of the sentence took place at too early a stage.

Outlining the Court’s ….read more

The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of a Dublin man for taking part in a gang rape, after the defence received previously undisclosed information that the complainant had made other sexual allegations in the past.

The Director of Public Prosecutions did not oppose the man’s application to have his conviction overturned.

The now 25-year-old, who was jailed for four years in June 2017, is reserving his position in relation to compensation for a miscarriage of justice.

He had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman with two other men at a house in Dublin on a date in May, ….read more

A Dublin man has appealed against his conviction for raping and abusing his younger sister over a number of years when she was a child.

The man (37), who can’t be named to protect the victim’s identity, went on trial at the Central Criminal Court in 2016.

He pleaded not guilty to 48 counts including rape, oral rape, rape with a screwdriver, rape with a vibrator and sexual assault at two Dublin locations between 2000 and 2005. However, a jury found him guilty.

The woman said she’d thought she had the perfect life before the abuse and how, at age ten, it had ….read more

The father of a teenage boy who tried to murder a woman he met on an internet dating app has apologised to the victim, saying: “”There is no excuse for the terrible actions our son carried out that day”.

The Court of Appeal also heard today that the man regretted his son not being hospitalised or being given the correct medication at an earlier stage. The father said he wished he hadn’t allowed his son to have such a high dose of antidepressants, which he gave the boy every night and which he felt may have induced the manic episode ….read more

A paedophile, who began abusing his nieces when they were six or seven years old, has had his jail time reduced after the Court of Appeal backdated his sentence to when he went into custody.

The 48-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, was convicted in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2018 of 25 counts of sexual assault against the young sisters.

The court heard that he was their aunt’s partner, and that one of the girls was sent to stay with them three or four times a week. He began abusing her on these overnight stays ….read more

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