Special Criminal Court

A court has heard that a Dublin man awaiting sentence for plotting to murder Gary Hanley scolded one of his co-accused, telling him he had “fucked up” on the day he “went to court”, in a recording secretly captured by gardai in a bugged car.

The man was also observed by gardai with two other men in the Phoenix Park at the same time tracking devices “pinged” in the park, two days before the devices were discovered on Mr Hanley’s car.

Father-of-three Dean Howe (34) with an address at Oakfield, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty before Christmas to conspiring with others to murder ….read more

A man charged with the attempted murder of James Gately in a drive-by shooting in Dublin will be tried at the Special Criminal Court in October.

Mr Gately, a father-of-two from north inner city Dublin, was injured but survived after he was shot five times at a Topaz garage in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, on May 10th, 2017.

Mr Gately (31) was shot in the neck and upper chest while sitting in a car.

Caolan Smyth (28), with an address at Cuileann Court, Donore, Co Meath, was arrested and charged at Coolock Garda station in October 2019 and subsequently appeared before Judge Geraldine Carthy ….read more

A garda feared for his life and that of a man he was restraining on the ground when a member of a “hit team” drove his jeep straight towards them, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

When the garda discharged his gun, the jeep veered to the side and smashed into a parked car while “accelerating at 95 per cent capacity”, the court was told.

Owen Cummins (41) with an address at St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court last November to possessing a Beretta handgun and silencer two years ago.

Cummins was charged with possessing a ….read more

The driver of the getaway car used in the murder of David Douglas accidentally set fire to his trousers while trying to burn the stolen vehicle, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Gareth Brophy (25) with an address at Reuben Walk, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty before Christmas to helping facilitate the murder of Mr Douglas.

Mr Douglas (55) was shot six times as he took a meal break at the counter in his partner’s shop, Shoestown, on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8 on July 1st, 2016.

This morning Detective Garda Niall Godfrey agreed with Seán Gillane SC, for the State, that shortly after 4pm, ….read more

A man accused of the murder of Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub is to stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court this summer.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt today set June 10th, 2020, as the date for David Hunter’s trial to begin. The court heard the trial is expected to last four weeks.

UK national Mr Hunter (41) with an address at Du Cane Road, White City in London, is accused of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Michael Barr (35) at the Sunset House pub, on Summerhill Parade, in the north inner city on April 25, 2016.

Mr ….read more

A man charged with the attempted murder of James Gately in a drive-by shooting in Dublin will be tried at the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Gately, a father-of-two from north inner city Dublin, was injured but survived after he was shot five times at a Topaz garage in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, on May 10th, 2017.

Mr Gately (31) was shot in the neck and upper chest while sitting in a car.

Caolan Smyth (28), with an address at Cuileann Court, Donore, Co Meath, was arrested and charged at Coolock Garda Station in October 2019 and subsequently appeared before Judge Geraldine Carthy at ….read more

A man charged with the murder of Dublin bar manager Michael Barr, who was shot at the Sunset House pub three years ago, will be tried in the Special Criminal Court.

UK national David Hunter (41) with an address at Du Cane Road, White City in London, is accused of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Michael Barr (35) at the Sunset House pub, on Summerhill Parade, in the north inner city on April 25, 2016.

Mr Barr, a father-of-five from Co Tyrone, had worked as a manager at the pub. He was shot seven times.

Mr Hunter appeared at a ….read more

A man has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to conspiring to murder Dubliner Gary Hanley.

Dean Howe (34) with an address at Oakfield, Dublin 8, was charged with conspiring with others to murder Mr Hanley at a location within the State between September 15 and November 6, 2017.

This offence is contrary to Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

He was brought before the Special Criminal Court this morning where he was arraigned. Asked how he wished to plead, Mr Howe said: “Guilty.”

Mr Howe’s trial had been scheduled to begin on January 13th, 2020, and was expected to ….read more

A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to helping facilitate the murder of David Douglas.

Mr Douglas (55) was shot six times as he took a meal break at the counter in his partner’s shop, Shoestown, on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8 on July 1, 2016.

Last year, Gareth Brophy was charged with the murder of Mr Douglas at Dublin District Court, and in January of this year he was returned for trial at the Special Criminal Court.

This trial was scheduled to begin on January 13th, 2020.

However, this afternoon Brophy, with an address at Reuben Walk, Dublin 8, appeared ….read more

A sixth man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with conspiring to murder a member of the Hutch family and another unknown person last year.

Gardai arrested the man while he was collecting a social welfare payment from Finglas Post Office just before 2pm today on foot of an arrest warrant, the court was told.

The arrest comes less than a week after five men appeared before the non-jury court on the same charge of conspiracy to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch.

Mark Capper (21) of Cappagh Green, Finglas, Dublin 11, appeared before the three-judge court this afternoon charged with ….read more

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