Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An uncle and nephew threatened to shoot a man and burn his house down after a delay in the delivery of Canada Goose jackets for which they had paid deposits, a court has heard.

Aaron Cunningham (20) of Cruise Park Drive, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 pleaded guilty to four counts of threatening to kill or cause harm and threatening to damage property on dates between February 1 and 7, 2021.

His uncle John Cunningham (38) of Drumheath Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, admitted to five counts of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the same man on dates between January 7 ….read more

A thief with 119 previous convictions who said he wants to “turn his life around” and promised a judge he’ll never sit behind the wheel of a car again has been jailed for six months.

“I’m no saint, your honour,” John Maughan told Judge Pauline Codd when he took the stand at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

However, Maughan (35) of Baskin Park, Stockhole Lane, Cloghran, Dublin 15, was today jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to possessing items to be used in the course of a criminal act. He had been caught with items commonly used in the theft ….read more

(Pictured: Joyce Sulambi. Photo: Collins)

A man who helped defraud two Irish transport companies when an invoice of almost €50,000 was diverted into his own bank account has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Joyce Sulambi (24) of Lohunda Park, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to handling €49,724 in stolen cash on April 15, 2019. He was sentenced to two years fully suspended today.

The court heard that in April 2019, Reynolds Logistics received a fake email purporting to be from one of their regular subcontractors, ENTS Transport Ltd.

The email claimed that the bank account belonging to ENTS Transport ….read more

By Eimear Dodd

A serial offender who threatened shop workers while carrying out a spate of robberies has been handed a five-year prison sentence.

Raymond Boyle (51) pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery at shops in the Finglas area in August 2021 and March 2022. Boyle of Clearstream Court, McKee Avenue, Finglas has 14 previous convictions including two for robbery, which date back to 2012.

Imposing sentence today, Judge Codd said this was “criminality of an egregious level”.

She said these incidents would have been “terrifying” for the victims, who “work on the frontline dealing with the public, handling cash”.

“These people have to ….read more

An armed robber who held a knife to a fast food worker’s neck was caught after leaving his mobile phone behind at the scene, leading gardai to recognise him as a man who recently reported a burglary at his home.

While out on bail for this offence, Mark Rooney (49) went on to hold a knife to another worker’s neck during an attempted robbery and was today jailed for seven years for his crime spree.

Rooney, of Premier Square Finglas, Dublin was armed with a meat cleaver when he went into a chipper in Finglas on the evening of November 18, 2019 ….read more

A Vodafone employee who stole €22,500 from the company by issuing refunds to his bank account after the till had been balanced for the day has been given a suspended sentence.

Con Cowman (31) had been working as a retail advisor in the phone company’s shop in Dundrum Town Centre when the discrepancies were noted. The refunds had all gone to the same card and it was noted that Cowman had been the only staff member rostered to work each of the days the transactions were processed.

He made admissions when questioned by HR in the company and was immediately suspended. He ….read more

(Pictured: Julie Pigott, Catriona O’Keefe. Credit: Collins)

Two neighbours who got into a row over a husband’s suspected infidelity, leading to one woman slashing the other with a piece of glass, behaved in a “highly immature manner”, a judge has said.

Julie Pigott and Catriona O’Keefe, both aged 42, got into a physical fight at eight o’clock in the morning in May last year after Pigott’s husband went next door to have a cigarette with O’Keefe, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

When Pigott knocked on O’Keefe’s door and demanded that her husband come out, O’Keefe told her to “fuck off” and pushed ….read more

By Eimear Dodd

A violent criminal with 153 previous convictions who threatened to kill a woman with a sword after attacking her has been jailed for five years.

Sean McDermott (37) of Raheen Drive, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and making threats to kill at the same address on December 17, 2019. He has 153 previous convictions including three for assault.

Imposing sentence today, Judge Pauline Codd said McDermott had assaulted “an innocent party” and then made threats to kill her. This would have been a “terrifying experience” for the victim, Judge Codd said.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Detective Garda ….read more

A woman has told a court how the emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her partner, who threatened to murder her and kick her baby out of her, was like “torture” and caused her to lose her sense of self-worth.

The woman, who is entitled to anonymity under the 2018 Domestic Violence Act, told gardaí that Daniel Lynch (25) had complete access to her mobile phone and all of her social media, including Instagram and Facebook. He also took her money every Monday, leaving her with only €20, she said.

She said he would verbally abuse her, telling her nobody ….read more

By Eimear Dodd

Double killer Stephen Penrose, a garda’s son who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his friend last year, has been handed a concurrent sentence for trying to take possession of a drugs and phone package while in Mountjoy Prison.

Penrose (39), who is now currently incarcerated at Cloverhill Prison, pleaded guilty to a count of possession of diamorphine for sale and supply at Mountjoy Prison on January 29, 2020.

In December last year Penrose, last of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17 was jailed for life having been found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of murdering Philip ….read more

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