Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Owen McKeever. Credit: Collins)

By Fiona Ferguson & Brion Hoban

A man who fraudulently claimed over €40,000 of Jobseeker’s Allowance in his brother’s name and was caught as a result of facial imaging technology has received 200 hours of community service.

Owen McKeever (63) of Durrow Road, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently claiming jobseekers allowance in the name of Brendan McKeever on dates between 2009 and 2013.

McKeever had been sent forward from the District Court on signed guilty pleas to 50 sample counts of social welfare fraud. He was also making a legitimate social welfare claim ….read more

By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean

A man who told a shop security guard he would come back to kill him once he had finished his pizza has been jailed for two and half years.

Matthew Ellis (38) told Patrick Collins he knew what time he finished his shift and he would come back to the shop once he had eaten a pizza he had just bought.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard at a sentence hearing last October, that Ellis said “You think I’m done with you. I’m gonna eat my pizza and then I’ll be back”.

Eilis, of Tir Connell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, ….read more

By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Sonya McLean

The father of a six-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by a van breaking a red light at a pedestrian crossing has told the driver that their family forgives him.

James O’Brien (37) of Kilbogget Grove, Cabinteely, Dublin was jailed for four years today after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Cian Marren at Shanganagh Road, Shankill, Dublin, on July 28, 2017.

At a sentence hearing last week, Cian’s father, Liam, read from his victim impact statement and told O’Brien that despite “the unbearable pain, ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Michael Jones. Credit: Collins)

By Brion Hoban

A man accused of causing a fatal two car collision gave a false name while being admitted to hospital after the incident and said he had injured his leg in a fall, a jury has heard.

It is alleged that Michael Jones (25) was driving an Audi A3 which broke a red light at speed before crashing into the side of a Mitsubishi Colt driven by Hong Qing Qu. The collision happened around 1am on November 17, 2015 at the top of a slip road close to Blanchardstown shopping centre in west Dublin.

Mr Jones, ….read more

(Pictured: Garda Warren Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a serving garda charged with dangerous driving causing the death of an elderly pedestrian four years ago.

Warren Farrell (35), a garda serving in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, was on duty as the driver of a marked patrol car that was responding to a panic button call at a Topaz garage, when the car struck Elizabeth Core.

Garda Farrell has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of the 75-year-old at Fonthill Road South, Dublin, on August 28, 2014.

This afternoon Judge Cormac Quinn told the jury that ….read more

A Lithuanian man stabbed his housemate in the torso, neck and ear during a physical altercation over domestic matters, a court has heard.

Garda Rob Nolan said he was on duty when neighbours alerted him to a dispute between Arturas Bulksas (55) and his then housemate.

Bulksas, of Burnside, Magenta Crescent, Santry, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the man causing him harm at his address on December 23, 2017. He has no previous convictions.

Gda Nolan told Joseph Barnes BL, prosecuting, that Bulksas got a kitchen knife during the altercation and stabbed his housemate in the torso, neck ….read more

A man who sexually assaulted his 15-year-old daughter while she was napping in the bed he shared with his partner has been sentenced to four years in prison with the final 18 months suspended.

The 37-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his daughter, was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of sexually assaulting the girl as she and her younger sister took an afternoon nap with him before a trip to the cinema.

He had pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault at an address in Dublin, on July 26, 2015. It was ….read more

(Pictured: Corrie Grimes. Credit: Collins)

A man who threatened to slit a garda’s throat and “smash her face” is to be sentenced next year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Father-of-two Corrie Grimes (22) initially denied making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to the garda at Ferrymans Crossing, North Dock, Dublin 1 on February 28, 2017 and told gardaí the allegation was “a load of bollox”.

However, he later pleaded guilty and wrote a letter of apology to the garda, the court heard.

Garda Ciaran Harford told Dean Kelly BL, prosecuting, that he was on duty in a marked patrol car on ….read more

By Brion Hoban

A man killed in a two car collision called his partner to tell her he was on the way home shortly before his death, a jury has heard.

It is alleged that Michael Jones was driving an Audi A3 which broke a red light at speed before crashing into the side of a Mitsubishi Colt driven by Hong Qing Qu. The collision happened around 1am on November 17, 2015 at the top of a slip road close to Blanchardstown shopping centre in west Dublin.

Mr Jones, a professional roofer from Whitestown Drive, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving ….read more

(Pictured: Garda Warren Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A garda accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a pedestrian had time to avoid hitting the woman if he had slowed the car when he first saw her crossing the road, his trial has heard.

Warren Farrell (35), a garda serving in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, was on duty as the driver of a marked patrol car that was responding to a panic button call at a Topaz garage, when his vehicle struck Elizabeth Core.

Garda Farrell has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Mrs Core at Fonthill Road South, Dublin, on ….read more

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