Special Criminal Court

Three Monaghan brothers and another man charged with involvement in the attempted theft of ATMs in the border counties last year have been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Gerard Duffy (29) and Ciaran Duffy (26) of Greagh, Loughnamore, Co Monaghan; and Stephen Duffy (34) of Coose, Tullynahinera, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, all appeared in court accused of offences relating to investigations into the attempted theft of an ATM in Virginia, Co Cavan, in August of last year and into the attempted theft of another ATM in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in April, 2019.

The men, including Niall Finnegan (38) of Cherrygrove, ….read more

A man and woman charged with 50 offences relating to laundering crime cash have been served with the Book of Evidence at the Special Criminal Court today.

Jonathan Harding (48) of Kerdiff Avenue, Naas, Co Kildare, is charged with 30 offences of converting, transferring or handling property, to wit money, between 1 January, 2012, and 31 December 2016, at EBS, Bank of Ireland and AIB accounts, the proceeds of criminal conduct.

The charges come under the Criminal Justice Act 2010 (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing).

Under Section 7 of the Act, ‘a person commits an offence if the person engages in acts in ….read more

Three Monaghan brothers and another man have appeared before the Special Criminal Court this afternoon charged with their involvement in the attempted theft of ATMs in Cavan and Monaghan last year.

Gerard Duffy (29) and Ciaran Duffy (26) of Greagh, Loughnamore, Co Monaghan; and Stephen Duffy (34) of Coose, Tullynahinera, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, all appeared in the court accused of offences relating to investigations into the attempted theft of an ATM in Virginia, Co Cavan, in August of last year and into the attempted theft of another ATM in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in April, 2019.

The men, including Niall Finnegan (38) of ….read more

by Paul Neilan

A man charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately has today been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

David Duffy (33) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, is before the non-jury court charged with the offence under Section 72 (1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

The charge alleges that he, between December 7, 2016, and April 6, 2017, both dates inclusive, and with knowledge of ….read more

A man who appeared before the Special Criminal Court today charged with multiple offences under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance Act has had the Book of Evidence served upon him.

Sean Ruth (31), of Rathangan, Co Kildare, is charged before the non-jury court with eight offences under the act. The alleged offences all occurred within the State between 1 January, 2016, and 31 December, 2016, inclusive.

Ms Maddie Grant BL, prosecuting, told presiding judge Mr Justice Alexander Owens that the Book had been served in the body of the court.

Mr Justice Owens adjourned the case until October 5. There was no ….read more

A UK man accused of murdering Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub in Dublin is “no James Bond or Ethan Hunt” but is instead a “two-bit car thief”, his own defence team have told the Special Criminal Court.

The defence closed its case today by telling the three-judge court that the defendant could not “logically” have been the killer.

Liverpool native David Hunter, with an address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, is pleading not guilty before the Special Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Barr (35) at the pub in Summerhill in Dublin on the night of ….read more

by Paul Neilan

A man charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately has been granted bail at the Special Criminal Court, despite Garda objections.

Mr Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonashaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

Douglas Glynn (36) of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin 1, appeared at the non-jury court charged with the offence under Section 72 (1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

The charge alleges that he between December 7, 2016, and April 6, 2017, both dates inclusive, and with knowledge ….read more

Jailing a claustrophobic senior Kinahan Cartel member, who directed a sub-cell in a plot to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch, is like putting “a man with arachnophobia in a cell with spiders”, a doctor has told the Special Criminal Court.

A senior investigating officer also told the non-jury court today that the cartel’s main leadership operates in the Middle East and coordinates the organisation of its various “sub-cells”.

The non-jury court was told today that criminal gang leader Patrick Curtis suffers from excessive compulsive disorder, irrational behaviour and blesses himself around sixty times a day to compensate for negative thoughts.

During the sentence ….read more

by Paul Nielan

The prosecution in the case of a man accused of the murder of Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub today closed its case by saying that the defendant would have to be an “extremely unlucky” man if he was not involved in the killing.

Liverpool native David Hunter, with an address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, is pleading not guilty before the Special Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Barr (35) at the pub in Summerhill in Dublin on the night of April 25, 2016.

Tyrone native Mr Barr was shot seven times – five times ….read more

by Paul Neilan

A trusted member of an organised crime gang that was planning an imminent attack on a rival north Dublin faction has been jailed for five years after he was caught with a loaded handgun.

Jake Kearney (25) of Coolock Drive, Dublin 17, pleaded guilty on May 5 at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to unlawful possession of a Luger-calibre Grand Power semi-automatic pistol at Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 9, on October 30, 2019.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt noted today that Kearney’s mother, whose home was burned out after his arrest, was being “punished for the crime of ….read more

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