Special Criminal Court

A hitman found guilty of shooting drugs cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately, who survived the attempt on his life, will be sentenced by the non-jury Special Criminal Court next month along with an accomplice.

Mr Gately, who was a Kinahan Cartel target, was shot five times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road in north Dublin at lunchtime on May 10, 2017.

The victim, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life and wore a bullet-proof vest, survived the shooting after sustaining injuries to his upper chest and neck. ….read more

Two Dublin men who are charged with trying to murder a man in a shooting in January last year will stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Robert Redmond (32), of Woodview Close, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 and Bernard Fogarty (33), with an address at Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, Coolock Dublin 5 are both charged with the attempted murder of Barry Wolverson at Madigans Yard, Kileek Lane, Swords, Co Dublin on January 17, 2020.

Mr Redmond and Mr Fogarty are also charged with assault causing harm to Gerard Wildman at Madigans Yard, Kileek Lane, Swords, Co Dublin on the same date.

The ….read more

(Pictured: Catherine Dawson. Credit: Collins)

A 44-year-old woman has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon to having over €600k in organised crime cash.

Catherine Dawson had been arrested as part of an ongoing garda investigation targeting serious organised criminals, where officers of the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) intercepted a number of vehicles in Drogheda and uncovered hundreds of thousands of euro in vacuum-packed notes.

Arraigned on the two charges before the three-judge court today Dawson, of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co Meath pleaded guilty to both counts on the indictment.

Dawson pleaded guilty to possessing ….read more

A hitman who gunned down Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately, who was shot five times but survived, has been found guilty of attempted murder by the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon.

A second man has been found guilty for his part in burning out the car used in the shooting.

Mr Gately was shot five times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road in north Dublin at lunchtime on May 10, 2017. The victim, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life and wore a bullet-proof vest, survived the ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

The trial of four men accused of abducting and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney has been delayed after a judge said it would be “undesirable and imprudent” to proceed on schedule due to escalating coronavirus numbers.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt made his remarks at the Special Criminal Court this morning, adding however that it was “absolutely our intention” for the trial to now proceed on February 1. He said the decision had been made in light of the “spike” in coronavirus numbers, which rose above 6,000 cases per day this week.

The case, which ….read more

A criminal who was found by armed gardaí in a back garden cabin, where a loaded handgun had been stashed, has been sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Trevor Byrne (40), who was informed by gardaí of an enduring, credible threat to his life and claimed he had the gun for his own protection, also had just over €3,000 in his pocket when he was arrested, his trial had heard.

Byrne has 40 previous convictions, the most relevant of which occurred in April 2005 when he was convicted of various offences including possession of a loaded ….read more

A date has been set at the Special Criminal Court for the trial of a man who is charged with money laundering at his home address in Co Meath earlier this year.

The non-jury court also heard today that the man’s two co-accused will be arraigned before the three-judge court next month.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge Michael Walsh, this morning fixed a trial date for Jason Reed of June 23, 2021. It is expected to last between two and three weeks.

Mr Reed (39), of Maelduin, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, is charged with money ….read more

A man known to gardai as being “heavily involved in organised crime” and who was linked through DNA evidence to a submachine gun has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for five years.

In passing sentence today, the presiding judge at the non-jury court said that the damage done by gun crime could not be ignored.

Sentencing Bernard Fogarty, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the three-judge court was satisfied that the defendant’s conduct was related to “organised criminal activity” and was clearly intentional.

Fogarty (32), with an address at Hole in the Wall Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 pleaded guilty last ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Credit: Collins)

The trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr, who is accused of setting up a longtime employee to be taken prisoner by a gang, has been adjourned at the Special Criminal Court for almost six months.

This is the second adjournment in the trial, with the property magnate’s case previously adjourned for several weeks on November 19 after the defence requested time to view newly disclosed CCTV footage.

Last month, Shane Costelloe SC on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), submitted that gardai had only become aware that a significant proportion of CCTV footage ….read more

By Paul Neilan

A trusted gang “adherent” who laundered hundreds of thousands of euro for the Kinahan criminal organisation has been jailed for five years by the Special Criminal Court, while his partner and co-accused has walked from court with a suspended sentence.

Jonathan Harding, of Kerdiff Avenue, Naas, Co Kildare, was caught after he was spotted by gardai leaving an arsenal of firearms and ammunition that could “arm a small country”.

The non-jury court found today that it “did not require a great leap of the imagination” to conclude that accounts belonging to Harding and his co-accused were used a “travel ….read more

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