Court of Criminal Appeal

A convicted rapist who broke the terms of a suspended sentence by drinking alcohol has been jailed for two years by the Court of Appeal.

James Cronin (35), with a last address at Freemount, Rathmore, Co Kerry was jailed for seven years in May 2007 for attempting to rape a girl he met at a Killarney disco on Christmas Eve 2004.

Cronin, who had denied the charges, was already serving an eight year sentence for kidnapping and raping another woman he met outside a Killarney disco in the early hours of October 31, 2004.

His sentence (for the Christmas Eve incident) ….read more

(Pictured: Perry Wharrie. Credit: Collins)

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgment on an application brought by man convicted for his role in the smuggling of €440m worth of cocaine off the Irish coast, who claims he should not have been convicted for sale and supply because the drugs were not destined for this country.

In 2008, Perry Wharrie (56) received a 30 year prison sentence – the longest ever handed down in the State for a drugs conviction – for his part in the bungled smuggling attempt at Dunlough Bay, Mizen Head, on July 2, 2007.

That sentence was later ….read more

(Pictured: Perry Wharrie. Photo: Collins)

An Englishman jailed for his role in the largest drugs seizure in the history of the State has had his 30-year jail term reduced to 17-and-a-half on appeal.

Perry Wharrie (56), from Loughton in Essex was given what his lawyers described as the “highest sentence in the history of the State” for drugs offences following the seizure of a record €440 million drugs haul which went awry at Dunlough Bay on the Mizen Peninsula, West Cork on July 2 2007.

Wharrie, who had pleaded not guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply, was unanimously found ….read more

(Pictured: Perry Wharrie. Photo: Collins)

A decision will be made next month in the case of an Englishman who successfully appealed his 30-year prison sentence for his role in the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the State.

Perry Wharrie (56) was given what his lawyers have described as the “highest sentence in the history of the State” for his role in the record €440 million drugs haul at Dunlough Bay on the Mizen Peninsula, West Cork on July 2, 2007.

In July of last year, the Court of Criminal Appeal found that a Cork judge had erred in sentencing Wharrie to ….read more

(Pictured: Perry Wharrie. Photo: Collins)

A judge erred in sentencing an Englishman to 30 years imprisonment for his role in the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the State, the Court of Criminal Appeal has found.

Perry Wharrie (56), from Loughton, in Essex was given what his lawyers described as the “highest sentence in the history of the State” for his role in the record €440 million drugs haul which went awry at Dunlough Bay on the Mizen Peninsula, West Cork on July 2 2007.

Wharrie, who had pleaded not guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply, was unanimously ….read more

A Clare man who sexually assaulted his younger cousin over a three year period and raped her has had his six year jail term reduced to four by the Court of Appeal.

The 27-year-old man from Co Clare, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty to one count of rape, four counts of sexual assault and four counts of oral rape on dates between 2003 and 2005.

He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment with the final three years suspended by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court on June 4 2013.

The Court of ….read more

A former public servant who was “burnt out of his house” following his conviction for sexually assaulting two young girls has had his sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

Aidan Leacy (56), of New Ross, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to one count of sexually assaulting two young girls in the west of the country on dates between November 2007 and January 2008.

He was sentenced to six years imprisonment by Judge Carroll Moran at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on March 3 2013.

Following a successful appeal today by Leacy, a new sentence of three years imprisonment with two years post release supervision ….read more

A convicted robber who was found following a “manhunt” in the toilet of a train in Thurles has had his seven year prison sentence reduced to five by the Court of Appeal.

Andrew Hoare (27), of Monakeeba, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had pleaded guilty to robbery at a shop in the town on September 2, 2012.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Thomas Teehan at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court on April 11 2013.

Hoare successfully appealed his sentence today in the Court of Appeal and must now serve a term of five years imprisonment.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice ….read more

A man sentenced to two years imprisonment for sexually abusing three young children while babysitting them has had the balance of his jail term suspended by the Court of Appeal.

The man, who cannot be named so as to protect the victims identities, had pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault on dates between 1992 and 1993. He was sentenced in 2012 to two years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently.

The court of Appeal heard today that the man had committed the offences some 20 years earlier while babysitting the children who were all of a very young age.

His ….read more

A Tipperary man who attacked an army veteran with an ornamental sword, leaving him with brain damage and partial paralysis in what was described as a “savage attack”, has failed in appeal against his nine-year sentence.

The new Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal brought by Liam McCarthy (30), who was serving a suspended sentence for another assault when he struck Martin Butler (51) in the head with a sword following a row outside a pub.

There was evidence that McCarthy struck Mr Butler from behind with the sword, hitting him on the left side of his the head and causing ….read more

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