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Teen who took part in sex act with girl (12) ordered to do community service

Central Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan & Brion Hoban

A teenage boy who took part in oral sex with a 12 year old girl has been ordered to complete 180 hours of community service.

The boy was 14 when an older teenager told the victim he would distribute pictures of an earlier sexual incident to their peers if she did not “give a blowjob” to the younger boy.

Lawyers for the younger boy told the court that he was in fear of the older boy, while the victim told gardaí she felt she had to do it.

Roisin Lacey SC, defending, said the incident, which lasted for ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man accused of having machine gun and attacking gardai to stand trial at non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

A 36-year-old man charged with possessing a submachine gun and assaulting gardai has been returned for trial to the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Judges today granted an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to try Derek Devoy at the three-judge court.

Last March at Dublin District Court Mr Devoy, with an address at Balbutcher Lane, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin 11, was charged with possessing a RAK-PM63 submachine gun with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at Crannogue Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11 on March 11, 2019.

Mr Devoy is also charged with possessing an explosive substance, to wit a ….read more


Google breaching acquitted man's anonymity, court told

Central Criminal Court

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Micheal O’Higgins SC told Mr Justice Micheal White that when his client’s name is placed into the Google search engine, the results include links to reports of rape trials.

He said it is really odd that while his client is not named in any of the articles, they appear “juxtaposed” with his name in the search results page. He said the results include links to court reports of the man’s 2018 trial and ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Murder plot accused unhappy about trial date

Special Criminal Court

A 34-year-old man accused of conspiring to murder Dubliner Gary Hanley is unhappy at being sent forward for trial in October after claiming his solicitor was not present in court.

Dean Howe told the Special Criminal Court this morning: “I’ve no legal representation here and you’re trying to put me in for trial on October 7.”

Following this, the accused man told the three-judge court: “I’m now being told to prepare for trial in two months which I could get ten years for, don’t know how that is feasible.”

Last May at Dublin District Court Dean Howe, with an address at Oakfield ….read more

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Pair admit engaging in sex act with vulnerable girl (12)

Central Criminal Court

A High Court judge has told a teenage boy who admits engaging in a sex act with a 12 year old girl that he is angry and frustrated by the way in which the victim was humiliated.

The 17 year old and a co-accused, now aged 20, both from Dublin, have both pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 15 at a place in the county on August 25, 2015.

The older boy has also pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with the same girl on August 21, 2015 at a different ….read more

Alex Bravo

Man who used cannabis to treat pain avoids jail for storing drug

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Alex Bravo. Credit: Collins)

An arthritis sufferer who was using cannabis to treat his pain has received a suspended jail term after being caught with over five kilogrammes of the drug.

Gardai searched Alex Bravo’s flat in Dublin city centre home on August 3 last year after receiving confidential information that drugs were being held there for a criminal gang.

Bravo (60) pointed gardaí to a suitcase which contained an Iceland freezer bag with five and a half kilo blocks of cannabis resin. The estimated street value of the drugs found was €31,460.

Bravo told gardaí he used cannabis to treat the pain ….read more

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