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Teen with 40 previous convictions fired stolen shotgun

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 17-year-old who fired a stolen shotgun into bushes along the Grand Canal in Dublin in full view of security cameras has been sentenced to two years’ detention.

The youth, who cannot be named as he is underage, came forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court from the Children Court on three signed pleas.

At his sentence hearing today, the youth affirmed his guilty pleas to possessing a stolen Winchester Super Grade 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun at Bluebell on the Grand Canal, Inchicore, Dublin on August 31 this year.

He further admitted possessing 39 shotgun cartridges on the same occasion.

The court heard that when the ….read more

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Alleged "on-the-run" bomb accused has bail terms relaxed

High Court

(Pictured: Mr John Downey. Credit: Collins)

A man wanted for the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972 has had his bail conditions varied by the High Court.

Northern Irish authorities are seeking the surrender of John Downey (66) to face prosecution for the murder of two British Army Infantrymen as well as aiding and abetting the causing of an explosion on August 25, 1972. Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking on the Irvinestown Road, Cherrymount, in Enniskillen.

Mr Downey was arrested ….read more

Claire Mcgrath

Love triangle accused guilty of murder for stabbing love rival to death

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Ms Claire McGrath. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin man has been found guilty of murder for stabbing his love rival to death after he came home to find him sleeping with his partner.

Keith Connorton (40) had denied murdering 32-year-old Graham McKeever at his home at Deerpark Avenue, Tallaght on February 18, 2017.

During the trial, the jury heard that Connorton was living with his long-term partner Claire McGrath at Deerpark Avenue but after an argument she invited Mr McKeever to spend the night with her.

When Connorton returned home at 4am he found the two of them together and a fight ….read more

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1.5 year jail term for charity director who stole €1m

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Greg Walsh. Credit: Collins)

By Aoife Nic Ardghail & Brion Hoban

A former charity director who stole over €1 million from a voluntary organisation and from friends and family has received a partially-suspended sentence.

Greg Walsh (70) of Woodbrook Crescent, Castleknock, Dublin, came to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on signed guilty pleas to 119 thefts totalling €998,476 from various parties, including Carline Learning Centre in Dublin, between 2008 and 2016.

He affirmed further signed guilty pleas to four thefts totalling €150,000 from Bank of Ireland, on dates in February and March 2015.

Judge Pauline Codd sentenced Walsh to four years’ imprisonment, but suspended the ….read more

Omar Omran

Doctor who killed toddler son is committed to Central Mental Hospital

Central Criminal Court

A doctor who stabbed her three year old autistic son to death in their south Dublin home has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital having been found not guilty of his murder by reason of insanity.

Kuwaiti national Maha Al Adheem (43) told a doctor that she is glad her trial is over and hopes to visit her son’s grave.

The trial heard that she told gardai who arrived at the scene: “I did it, I stabbed my son and then stabbed myself”. A large amount of blood was observed on Ms Al Adheem’s hands and clothing before the boy’s ….read more

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