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Norwegian axes long-haul flights, winds-up Irish company

High Court

The High Court has appointed liquidators to an Irish-registered company within the Norwegian Air group after hearing that the airline is to cease long-haul flights.

An examiner was appointed to the airline, which owes its creditors some US$5Bn, and several of its subsidiaries last month.

Arising out of its decision earlier this week to cease its long-haul services, the examiner to the companies Mr Kieran Wallace on Friday asked Mr Justice Michael Quinn to make an order winding up one of its Irish subsidiaries, Torskef Jorden Leasing Ltd (TLL).

The matter came before the judge on Friday morning, who adjourned proceedings until this ….read more

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Banned, serial driving offender gets six years for 'ruining lives' of elderly couple

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A banned driver with 126 previous convictions who drove down the wrong side of the M50 to evade gardaí before ploughing into the car of an elderly couple has been jailed for six years.

Brian Reilly (24) “ruined the lives” of John and Ellen Armstrong after he crashed into their car as they were stopped at a red light in Finglas in January last year, Judge Melanie Greally said at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ellen Armstrong suffered significant injuries and had to have the tip of her thumb amputated in the wake of the crash, which has left her dependent on others ….read more

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Man who admitted trying to murder wife is denied permission to bring new appeal

Court of Appeal

An Algerian man who admitted trying to murder his wife by beating her with a kettlebell after becoming resentful of her independence has claimed that he was misled by his legal team and that gardai fabricated evidence at his sentence hearing.

At the Court of Appeal today Lounes Ouachek (50) of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, Dublin 24 asked for permission to bring an appeal against conviction in circumstances where the statutory period to lodge an appeal has passed.

The court refused his application, having heard arguments from Ms Cathleen Nocter SC for the Director of Public Prosecutions that Ouachek had not ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Unlicensed driver who left toddler 'bleeding and lifeless' on road fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a four-year sentence for an unlicensed teenage driver who knowingly sped off after hitting a toddler, leaving him ‘bleeding and lifeless’ on the road. The court heard the boy now has a life-long brain injury.

The court did reduce a further sentence for a violent disorder conviction against the Cork youth from 12 months to six months and banned him from driving for 15 years rather than the 20 imposed by the sentencing judge.

The sentencing court previously heard that the uninsured and unlicensed driver was 17 when he bought a car for €100 the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Teen who admitted murdering friend appeals life detention order

Court of Appeal

A teenager who pleaded guilty to murdering his friend by stabbing him to death will appeal the severity of the life sentence imposed on him.

James Dwyer SC for the now 17-year-old, told the Court of Appeal today he is anxious to complete the appeal process before the boy turns 18, at which time he would no longer be entitled to anonymity.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham ordered that transcripts of the trial be furnished to the relevant legal teams and adjourned the case until March 2 for a full hearing.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty in August last ….read more

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Indebted 'family man' caught moving €2m in cocaine and heroin

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A “family man” who was caught with over €2m worth of cocaine and heroin has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Raymond Kelly (52), of Tor Na Ri Terrace, Clondalkin, Dublin, was caught moving the drugs when gardaí stopped the car he was driving at Parkwest Road, Ballyfermot on the evening of September 27, 2019.

The stop and search followed an earlier interception of a car in the Ballyfermot area, when gardaí found approximately 20 kilos of heroin and cocaine.

Garda arrested Kelly and carried out a search of a garage in the Kylemore Industrial Estate where Kelly was living at ….read more

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