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Gang rape victim tells court of enduring two trials and 'cruel' cross-examination

Central Criminal Court

A young woman who had just left State care when she was driven to a beach and gang raped in a car by three teenagers has described how she had to go through two trials and several days of “cruel” cross-examination in her fight for justice.

At a sentence hearing today, the court was filled with supporters who had written testimonials on behalf of the three men and who were present in order to be cross-examined.

Dion Genocky (23), Troy Ryan (24) and Daryl Rooney (24) were 17 and 18 years old when they drove the then 18-year old teenager to Dollymount ….read more

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Michael Flatley settles damages claim over fire damage to Cork castle

High Court

(Pictured: Michael Flatley. Photo: Collins)

The internationally acclaimed dancer and performer Michael Flatley has settled a High Court damages claim he brought over alleged deficiencies in works done at his Castle Hyde property in Co Cork.

Mr Flatley’s action arose after a fire on the night of June 18, 2015 damaged the historic three-storey Castle Hyde House, which dates back to 1790 and is a protected structure located near Fermoy.

Mr Flatley, who has spent over €25m renovating the house since he bought it in 1999, claims the fire started in an electrical panel located a service compartment at the first-floor level in ….read more

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Boy B can't introduce new evidence in Ana Kriegel murder appeal

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has refused to allow fresh evidence in an appeal being run by the teenager who lured 14-year-old schoolgirl Ana Kriegel to a derelict house so that his friend could murder her.

Following the ruling, the court set a date of October 5 to hear the full appeal against the now 17-year-old teenager’s murder conviction.

Mr Justice George Birmingham, delivering the ruling of the three-judge court today, said that the application to bring fresh evidence on behalf of the teenager known only as Boy B does not come near the threshold set for such cases.

He said that Boy ….read more

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'It's down to you and your hands. You are not sorry': Mum left paralysed in attempted murder to gun supplier

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Victim Ms Sinead Connolly. Photo: Collins)

A mother-of-one who was left paralysed after being shot in her home by her neighbour has told the man who provided the gun that she will “never ever” accept his apology as he had no regard for her life or her eight-year-old daughter’s life that day.

Defendant Joseph Byrne tried to apologise to Sinead Connolly from the dock today as she delivered her victim impact statement saying: “I am very sorry. I’m so remorseful”.

However, the 34-year-old looked the accused, who she has known all her life, directly in the eyes as her supporters clapped her ….read more

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12 years for 'monster' who got 11 character references after raping partner and her son

Central Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A “sick monster” who had 11 character references handed into court after raping his partner and her son, making the family’s life a “living hell”, has been jailed for 12 years.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath today said he had considered character references submitted on behalf of the defendant, which indicated the referees were informed of his conviction but spoke of his “good standing” in the community.

“These also serve to highlight the often secret nature of domestic violence,” Mr Justice McGrath noted.

The defendant, whom several references described as a “caring father” and a good friend, was unanimously found guilty ….read more

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