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Quirke awaits appeal fate over 'Mr Moonlight' murder conviction

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

Patrick Quirke must wait to find out if an appeal against his conviction for the murder of Bobby ‘Mr Moonlight’ Ryan will be successful.

Judges at the three-judge Court of Appeal today said they will require “some time” to consider their decision having heard four days of arguments.

Quirke’s lawyers laid out about 50 grounds of appeal, arguing that Quirke did not receive a fair trial due to the admission during the trial of prejudicial evidence, “tittle tattle” and tabloid-style garda commentaries. They also argued that a warrant used by gardai to search Quirke’s home was flawed, ….read more

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'Arthur Daley' car dealer jailed over dissident bomb plant

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Robert O’Leary. Credit: Collins)

An “Arthur Daley” type car dealer who supplied a vehicle for a dissident operation to place a bomb under a PSNI officer’s jeep in Belfast has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment at the non-jury Special Criminal Court today.

Robert O’Leary, who denied the charge and said “never in a million years” would he be involved with the IRA, wrote a letter to the court the day before his sentencing giving an undertaking “that upon release, [he would] not associate with persons or a person engaging in militant or violent Republicanism”. He also undertook not to come ….read more

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Man alleged to have armed himself with Pit bull called 'Buster' avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson and Isabel Hayes

A man who stood trial accused of assaulting two gardai after allegedly arming himself with a claw-hammer and a Pit bull called “Buster” has been given a suspended sentence for resisting arrest.

Brian Farrell (40) had denied charges of assaulting gardaí and possession of a claw hammer and knuckle duster at Sallynoggin Road, Dublin on October 16, 2016.

Two days into the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial last month, he pleaded guilty to two counts of resisting arrest in relation to the incident, which was acceptable to the prosecution.

Gardaí told the trial that Farrell, of Longford Villas, ….read more

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ODCE opposed to more time for Delaney to examine files

High Court

(Pictured: Mr John Delaney. Credit: Collins)

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement says it is opposed to any application by former FAI boss John Delaney for further time to examine files sized by the corporate watchdog as part of its criminal investigation into the association.

The High Court has been asked, in an application where the FAI is the respondent, to make a determination if some of the files are covered by legal privilege and cannot be used by the ODCE as part of its probe.

The now UK-based Mr Delaney, who is a notice party to the action, wants more ….read more

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'I probably killed her': Amanda Carroll accused to detective

Central Criminal Court

An electrician who denies murdering a mother-of-two told a garda detective that the couple had argued and he thought he had “choked her until she passed out”.

Gardai found Sean Nolan on a North Dublin street after they had identified the body of Amanda Carroll, with the accused telling them he had “freaked” and spent the day walking around.

When he was then arrested and placed in a patrol car, Mr Nolan said “I probably killed her” when told of Ms Carroll’s death, the Central Criminal Court also heard.

Murder accused Sean Nolan gestured to the arresting officer how he ….read more

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Thug's attack on prison officer 'life altering'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

An inmate who assaulted a prisoner officer as he was being taken to be searched after being observed ingesting something in his cell has been jailed for 15 months.

Gary O’Brien (32) entered a guilty plea on the basis that he had not intended to cause an injury to the prison officer who sustained a broken finger during the incident.

O’Brien, of Rathmines Avenue, Rathmines, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting prison officer John Cullen at Mountjoy Prison on August 27, 2016.

In his victim impact statement, which he read before the court, Officer Cullen ….read more

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