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€20k offered for setting up Kinahan cartel hits, Special Criminal Court hears

Special Criminal Court

Large sums of money were made available to murder people and those involved in the Kinahan cartel were paid €20,000 for “setting people up for a hit”, the Special Criminal Court was told today.

The non-jury court also heard that audio surveillance of a conversation between a woman and one of the suspects involved in a plot to murder Patrick ‘Patsy’ Hutch picked up references to “they have so much money, they could buy half the Hutch lads” and “they’re getting €20,000 and all for setting somebody up, used to get that for doing the hit”.

During today’s sentence ….read more

Four Courts dome

Man struck head-on by relative is entitled to compensation, court finds

High Court

The High Court has ruled that a man who suffered injury after being stuck head-on by a car driven by his former son-in-law is entitled to €35,500 compensation.

The Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland, a body set up to compensate victims of uninsured and untraced driving, had appealed Galway Circuit Court’s decision that Mr Gerard Mongan was entitled to damages after being struck by a car driven by Mr Martin Mongan.

The incident occurred following an argument outside the plaintiff’s home at Renmore in Galway on June 16th, 2013.

As a result of his injuries Gerard Mongan sued in the Circuit Court ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Kinahan Cartel murders, trafficks drugs and weapons on global scale

Special Criminal Court

The Kinahan crime organisation carries out “execution-style murders” and trafficks drugs and firearms “on an international scale”, the Special Criminal Court has found.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt today said the non-jury court accepted garda evidence on the organisation and structure of the cartel as he jailed a “foot soldier” for seven-and-a-half years for helping to plan the murder of Patrick “Patsy” Hutch.

Sentencing Mark Capper at the non-jury court today, Mr Justice Hunt said the defendant “knew well” what was contemplated by his associates and he had a “shrewd appreciation” of the detail and methodology to be used in the ….read more

Aaron Brday

Judge apologises to jury for delays in Garda Adrian Donohoe trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

The judge overseeing the trial of a man charged with the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has apologised to the jury for delays in the trial, which began in January.

Mr Justice Michael White told the six men and seven women that they are not required until June 8 while the court deals with legal issues in their absence. He said he expects the trial to continue until the end of June but added that it’s “hard to predict”.

He said: “It has run past the time and I’m sorry for that. Matters ….read more

Jury room

Abuser loses appeal brought on grounds of jury bias

Court of Appeal

A 53-year-old man has lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was on a sleepover, on grounds of jury bias, in a case that prompted the Court President to criticise the ‘disturbing’ practice of researching jurors.

The three judges of the Court of Appeal remarked that they were not at all surprised by the verdict that the jury delivered.

The man had raised ‘grave concerns’, after conviction, over the impartiality of the jury, with the defence writing a letter to the trial judge about its composition. However, the judge proceeded to sentence, and the man then ….read more

justice new

'Incorrigible' fraudster enjoyed fine wine and dining at Dublin hotels

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A fraudster who ran up bills of nearly €9,000 and enjoyed “fine wine and dining” at two five star Dublin hotels using a stolen credit card has been jailed for one year.

UK national Carlos Michael Mason (31) lived “a very good life” in the Shelbourne and the Westbury hotels over a three-week period earlier this year, Judge Martin Nolan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

Mason has 71 previous convictions in a number of countries, many of which are for theft and fraud. “He is incorrigible,” Judge Nolan said.

Mason, with an address in Crowlane Walk, London, pleaded guilty to two counts ….read more

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