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Mr Justice Alex Owens

Judge warns murder accused he will be taken to cells after court outbursts

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Alexander Owens. Photo: Collins)

A judge has warned a murder accused that he will be taken to the cells and a banned from participating in his own trial, where he is representing himself, if he continues to “abuse” and “ballyrag” witnesses.

Mr Justice Alexander Owens said he would not allow his courtroom to become “a circus” after the defendant Stephen Penrose accused an garda Inspector, who he was cross-examining, of lying under oath.

“He is telling bullshit about me,” Mr Penrose shouted in the courtroom, before demanding that the witness be “dismissed” from his trial as his “word” could not ….read more

Judge Pauline Codd

Bookmaker 'walking into sunset' with criminal proceeds, judge says

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Judge Pauline Codd. Credit: Collins)

A judge has said that bookmakers have an obligation to examine accounts that receive large amounts of stolen money and that it is “quite extraordinary” they can end up paying nothing back.

Judge Pauline Codd noted that if €26,000 stolen by a chronic gambler from his employer went into an online gambling account, then it has to belong to one bookmaker and they “walked into the sunset” with the proceeds of a criminal offence.

She made the comments during the sentencing of Marcin Konar (43), a father of two on whom she imposed a suspended sentence ….read more

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'Faith-based abuse' expert testifies at child cruelty trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An expert in “faith-based abuse” has told a child cruelty trial that cases of belief in spirit possession in children have resulted in beating, burning, strangulation and starving.

A Dublin-based couple are on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for alleged child cruelty and a serious assault on their then nine-year-old daughter. The child was hospitalised with life changing injuries on July 2, 2019.

On day nine of the trial Dr Shirley Potter, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Temple St children’s hospital, told the jury that she examined the child on July 3, 2019. She concluded that the burn marks ….read more

Kane Hull Liam Porter

UK men wanted in relation to fatal street stabbing appear before High Court

High Court

(Pictured: Kane Hull (L) Liam Porter (R). Photo: Cumbria Constabulary)

Two men wanted in relation to a fatal stabbing in the UK last month have appeared before the High Court in Dublin.

Kane Hull (28) of Bower Street, and Liam Porter (32) of Fulmer Place, both addresses in Carlisle, appeared before the court today after their detention on foot of international arrest warrants. The pair, who are sought in relation to the death of a man who was stabbed to death on a street in the northern UK city, were arrested by gardaí in Co Mayo late last month.

Both men are ….read more

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GoCar GPS used to nab ATM thief

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

A thief who stole over €8,500 by tampering with numerous ATMs while driving a rented GoCar around Dublin has been jailed for 18 months.

The court heard that gardaí were able to use the GPS installed in the GoCar to trace the journey the thief made while visiting the various locations in Dublin where he illegally withdrew the money over a three-day period.

Elvis Chiriac (35) employed what is called a “Transaction Reversal Fraud” in order to withdraw the maximum amount of money from an ATM without the machine registering that the cash had been removed.

Chiriac, ….read more

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Jail for man who engaged with online abuse conversation with boy (13)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who engaged in an online sexual conversation with a child before he was caught with naked images of the boy on his laptop has been jailed for 20 months.

Amit Chawla (40) was found guilty by a jury of two counts of possessing child pornography at his home in Rutland Place, Dublin on dates in August 2016 following a Circuit Criminal Court trial in June this year.

Chawla does not accept the verdict of the jury and plans to appeal, his sentence hearing was told today.

The court heard that in June 2015, the mother of the boy, who was then ….read more

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