Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Declan Brennan

A garda who struck an RTÉ cameraman in the groin with a baton during street protests has been convicted of assault by a jury.

Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism protesters” and gardaí, who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre on February 6, 2016 and to damaging his camera.

Mr Lucey, ….read more

By Sonya McLean and Michelle O’Keeffe

A man has gone on trial charged with assaulting and robbing a transgender escort after an alleged dispute over payment.

Ben O’Reilly (21) of The Old Mill, Ratoath, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Fernanda de Freitas causing her harm and robbing her of cash and her iPhone at her home on May 20, 2017.

The court heard that the complainant is a transgender woman who was working as a sex worker at the time.

Ms de Freitas told the jury, with the assistance of an interpreter, that she had first ….read more

(Pictured: Lee Henry’s family; Paul Henry with wife Lorraine and supporters as they left court today. Credit: Collins)

A driver who caused the death of a teenage boy in a fatal hit and run has been jailed for eight months.

Lee Henry (13) and a group of his friends were running across a road when he was struck by a black VW Golf driven by Dean Shelley (29). Investigations later determined that the car was driving up to approximately 80km/h in a 60km/h zone.

The investigator concluded that it would be very hard to see anyone running from the side due to hedging ….read more

(Pictured: Garda Sean Lucey. Credit: Collins)

The jury in the trial of garda accused of assaulting an RTE cameraman during street protests has heard they must “leave at the door” any general views “good or ill” they may have towards gardaí.

The accused Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin ….read more

A crack cocaine addict who knocked down a cyclist while driving a stolen taxi in a high speed garda pursuit has been jailed.

Carl McGuinness (24) drove the seven seater van at dangerous speeds and in a dangerous manner, almost colliding with pedestrians and with other vehicles.

He collided with a cyclist who was lifted up on the bonnet and thrown up in the air. McGuinness drove on and the high speed pursuit only ended when the van collided with a lamp post.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the cyclist James Byrne had his leg broken in two places and was deeply ….read more

By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

An 84-year-old taxi driver who sexually abused his adopted daughter over a ten-year period has been jailed for three and half years.

John Walker, described by his daughter as “an evil man, a dangerous man”, was found guilty by a jury of 40 counts of indecently and sexually assaulting her over a ten-year period between 1990 and 2000, when she was aged between eight and 17 years old.

Jennifer Kelly waived her right to anonymity allowing her father to be named in reporting the case.

It took the jury just over two hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Colm Hand. Credit: Collins)

The prosecution case has closed in the trial of garda accused of assaulting a camera man during street protests.

Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre on February 6, 2016 and to damaging his camera.

Mr Lucey, who has an address in south Dublin, is a garda who ….read more

(Pictured: Garda Sean Lucey. Credit: Collins)

An RTÉ reporter has told the trial of garda accused of assaulting a cameraman during street protests that the defendant came forward from a line of gardaí to strike the alleged victim.

Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí, who Dublin Circuit Criminal court has heard were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey (42) has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre on ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Colm Hand. Credit: Collins)

An RTÉ cameraman has told the trial of a garda charged with assaulting him that he suffered bruising after being struck in the groin with a baton.

Colm Hand told the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he had taken up a position near public order unit gardaí during anti-racism street protests because he believed he was safe there.

Garda Sean Lucey was detailed to one of these units during a confrontation between anti-racism protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent them from getting to supporters of “anti-Islamisation” group.

Garda Lucey (42) has pleaded not guilty ….read more

A Mountjoy inmate who threw a bucket of excrement over a prison officer has had his stay in prison prolonged by two months.

Ian Quinn (38) of St Aongus Park, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting a peace officer in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin 7, on January 30, 2019.

Garda David Graham told Karl Finnegan BL, prosecuting, that Officer Colin Ryan knew the accused and had spoken with him earlier that morning.

Gda Graham said that after lunch, Officer Ryan was walking across a prison landing when the cell doors opened. Over his shoulder he noticed someone running towards ….read more

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