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Conor O'Hora

Arraignment date set for man accused of harassing Sharon Ní Bheoláin and possessing child porn

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Conor O’Hora. Credit: Collins)

An arraignment date has been set for a Dublin man accused of harassing RTÉ newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin and of possessing child pornography.

Conor O’Hora (40), of Heather Walk in Portmarnock, is to enter a plea at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on February 20 next in relation to three alleged offences.

Mr O’Hora was sent forward earlier this month to the Circuit Court earlier this month after appearing at Dublin district court on three charges.

He was charged with harassing Ms Ní Bheoláin at various locations within the State from October 20, 2013 until Feb 16, 2014. O’Hora ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Porsche and BMW went up in flames after homeless man set bin alight to keep warm

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former Dublin homeless man who set fires in wheelie bins to heat his sleeping bag will be sentenced later for arson at two Ballsbridge locations.

Garda Martin Folan accepted that Dwayne Barry (29) had set the bins alight so he could wrap his sleeping bag around them and that he had tried to put out the blazes when they got out of control.

Barry, with an address at North Circular Road, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson at Ardoyne House, Pembrook Park, Ballsbridge, causing €45,000 damage to two cars on January 25, 2016.

He further pleaded guilty to ….read more

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Surgeon jailed last month for indecent assault is released on bail pending appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Michael Shine. Credit: Collins)

Retired consultant surgeon Michael Shine, jailed last month for indecently assaulting two patients in the 1970s, has been granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Shine (85), of Wellington Road in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of indecently assaulting six patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and at his private clinic, both in Drogheda, Co Louth, on dates between 1964 and 1991.

A jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court found him guilty of indecently assaulting two 15-year-old boys in the 1970s, with the trial judge directed a not guilty verdict in ….read more


Grandfather who raped niece (41) on Christmas night is jailed

Central Criminal Court

By Jessica Magee and Fiona Ferguson

A grandfather who raped his 41-year-old niece as she slept in her own home on Christmas night 2014 has been jailed for five and a half years.

The 62-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named in order to protect his victim’s identity, later claimed to have taken a lie-detector test about the incident and claimed that the sex was consensual.

After a four-day trial at the Central Criminal Court last month, a jury convicted him of raping the woman. He had pleaded not guilty to the offence.

At a sentence hearing last week the court heard the woman ….read more

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Father agreed to hold 10kg of cannabis after threat his son would be “killed by Christmas”

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Cavan man caught in possession of almost €200,000 of cannabis has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Ronald Flynn (54) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing just under 10kg of the drug at Citywest Avenue, Citywest Business Park, Dublin on November 19, 2015.

Flynn, of Mount Nugent, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, had agreed to hold the drugs after he was threatened that his son Jason would be “killed by Christmas”.

The court heard that Jason Flynn, who is currently serving a five-year sentence for drugs offences, had accrued a drug debt and this was then transferred to his father.

Jason ….read more

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