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Derek Devoy

Gangland criminal gets 15 years for running amok with machine gun

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Derek Devoy. Credit: Collins)

A gangland criminal who “ran amok” with a loaded machine gun in a “densely populated suburban area” before ending up in a bathtub with three unarmed gardai as they struggled to arrest him has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for 15 years.

The non-jury court also heard that a primed hand grenade rolled onto the floor of bathroom where gardai had cornered Derek Devoy but did not detonate, while one unarmed garda “narrowly avoided being shot in the head” during the arrest.

Sentencing Derek Devoy at the three-judge court today, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said ….read more

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Revenue yet to decide if it will support CityJet survival plan

High Court

The Revenue Commissioners have yet to decide whether to oppose an application to the High Court to approve a survival scheme for the regional airline CityJet.

At the High Court on Friday, Mr Justice Michael Quinn heard that Revenue is seeking clarification from the airline’s court-appointed examiner on what it regards as important issues.

The examiner, Mr Kieran Wallace of KPMG, is recommending that the scheme be approved but his counsel James Doherty SC said that it was not clear if Revenue will support a scheme that will result in the retention of 146 Irish jobs.

The hearing of the application to ….read more

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Rape accused said he stopped having sex 'the second she asked me to stop'

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a Westmeath man for rape has heard he told gardaí that he stopped having sex with the alleged victim “the second she asked me to stop”.

During the interview with gardaí three days after the alleged rape on the morning of New Year’s Day 2017, the man, now aged 33, told gardaí that sexual activity between him and the complainant in the living room of his home was consensual.

The man is on trial at the Central Criminal Court and denies raping the woman in his home on January 1, 2017

The jury has heard that the two met at ….read more

Lorcan Staines

Aaron Brady wore garda shooting like 'badge of honour', prosecution tell jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Prosecution team Brendan Grehan SC (L) and Lorcan Staines SC (R). Credit: Collins)

The man accused of murdering Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe “wore the shooting like a badge of honour” when he moved to America and believed he was “beyond the long arm of the law”, a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

Lorcan Staines SC, for the prosecution, in his closing speech told the jury that the accused man Aaron Brady is a “skilled and practiced liar” who told a “litany of lies” to gardai and to the jury for his own advantage.

Mr Staines said that when Mr ….read more

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Drunk drugs 'patsy' shot himself in face

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drunk drugs ‘patsy’ who told gardaí he had been shot by men wearing balaclavas had in fact shot himself in the face, a court has heard. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Darren Nolan made up the story about being shot because he “did not want people to think he is a lunatic”.

When gardaí were called to the home of Nolan (27), he told them he had been shot by three young men wearing balaclavas. However, his mother told gardaí she believed he had shot himself.

When searching his bedroom, gardaí discovered a handgun he had purchased online as well ….read more

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€3.6m freezing order against engineering firm discharged

High Court

A High Court order freezing the assets of a company that makes scaffolding and engineering products has been discharged.

The order, which prevented Instant Upright Ltd from reducing it assets below a value of €3.6m, was obtained earlier this month by Airscape Ltd.

Airscape is the landlord of a factory unit at Friel Avenue, Park West Industrial Estate on the Nangor Road in Dublin 12, from which Instant Upright had previously operated for many years.

Airscape claims Instant Upright breached the terms of a lease agreement in respect of the premises and has brought a damages claims against its former tenant. Those claims ….read more

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