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Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey's lawyers to focus on "fundamental rights" in extradition fight

High Court

(Pictured: Ian Bailey. Credit: Collins)

A hearing into the proposed extradition of Ian Bailey to France, for the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, will take place in the High Court next month.

It is the third time French authorities have sought Mr Bailey’s surrender in relation to the death of Ms du Plantier, whose badly beaten body was found outside her holiday home in Schull in December 1996.

Mr Bailey, with an address at The Prairie, Liscaha, Schull, west Cork, was convicted of the Frenchwoman’s murder in his absence in a Paris court earlier this year. The three-judge Cour d’Assises ….read more

Mr Justice Michael White

"After all these years of being told to keep my mouth shut, the truth is finally coming out": victim commended for reporting historic rape and abuse

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

A Central Criminal Court judge has commended the bravery of a woman in coming forward to report being sexually abused as a child over 45 years ago.

John Moran (66) was today jailed for six years for the rape and indecent assault of the woman, his second cousin, while she was aged between 5 and 11 years old.

Moran, of Cannakill, Croghan, Co Offaly pleaded guilty to sample charges of one count of rape and seven counts of indecent assault of the child in Croghan on dates between 1968 and 1974. He was aged between 14 ….read more

Four Courts

Man has almost €60m in debt written down as court approves PIA

High Court

The High Court has approved a Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) allowing a Clare-based man write down almost all of his €60m debts.

At the High Court on Monday, Mr Justice Mark Sanfey approved a PIA in respect of Enda Patrick Whelan of College Grove, Ennis, Co Clare.

Mr Whelan’s creditors include National Asset Loan Management (NALM), which is a company of Nama and was owed some €56.4m arising out of personal guarantees he had given in respect in respect of four companies owned by his family.

The firms were all part of the Whelan Group of companies, which were involved in the ….read more

Outside Stock

Drogheda man appears before High Court after arrest

High Court

A Drogheda man who is charged with possession of a stolen motorbike and setting fire to a stolen car will appear before the High Court at Cloverhill tomorrow for alleged breaches of his bail conditions.

Garda Donal Clarke today at the Central Criminal Court told Emmett Nolan SC, for the State, that Paul Crosby (24), of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda, Co Louth was admitted to bail by the High Court on May 24 last year.

He is charged with possessing a stolen silver Yamaha motorcycle at Rathmullen Park on November 21, 2019. He is also charged with possession of a stolen ….read more

Jabari Crichlow

Teen who violently attacked delivery man (66) avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Jabari Crichlow. Credit: Collins)

A teenager who violently attacked and robbed a 66-year-old delivery man has been given a four-year suspended sentence.

Defence barrister Cathal McGreal BL described Jabari Crichlow’s crime as “a disgraceful act” and said the teenager (19) does not deny that fact.

“It is not lost on him that what he did was an appalling act of violence on a defenceless man who was trying to earn a bit of money after his retirement,” Mr McGreal told Judge Melanie Greally.

The victim, a retired 66-year-old man, was delivering food to a Dublin housing estate when he was attacked by Crichlow ….read more

File pic ccj with van

"Maybe I was wrong in a way": Romanian man sexually assaulted woman in laneway

Central Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Fiona Ferguson

Lawyers for a homeless man who admits sexually assaulting a woman in a laneway have said he did not initially accept that a woman could be so drunk to be incapable of consent.

The woman was extremely drunk and walking around the streets in her bare feet when she met Las Vegas Balan (25). Balan, a Romanian national who was sleeping rough on the streets of Cork city, led her into a laneway and pushed her up against a wall.

CCTV footage of the laneway shows Balan groping the woman and then trying to knock her to ….read more

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