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Nurse found knife embedded in stabbing victim

Central Criminal Court

A nurse has told a murder trial how she discovered a man had a knife “embedded” in his chest with the handle “snapped off” after she ran to his assistance following a row.

Alison Boyd was giving evidence today in the Central Criminal Court trial of Gary Watson (35), who is charged with murdering former soldier Warren O’Connor (24) nine years ago.

Mr Watson, with an address at Millbrook Avenue, Kilbarrack, Dublin 13 has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr O’Connor at Hole in the Wall Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 on January 16, 2010.

Mr Watson also denies assaulting Philip Woodcock (34) causing ….read more

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Jail for chronic addict who stole rental car

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Jessica Magee and Declan Brennan

A chronic drug addict caught after he stole a rental car which was fitted with a tracking device has been jailed for four years.

Alan McDonagh (33) was tracked to the N7 by gardaí after stealing the hire car a short time earlier from Dublin city centre.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary and unauthorised taking of a car at Camden Street Upper on September 8, 2017.

The court heard that when the victim realised the car had been stolen he contacted Europcar and gardaí used tracking information to follow the car around Dublin. ….read more

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Taxi driver got involved in €3.5m drugs operation after "taking over cousin's debt"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin taxi driver got involved in a €3.5 million drug operation to offset his cousin’s debt to dealers, a court has heard.

Gardaí with confidential information saw Michael Smullen (31) take two bags from a lock-up facility, drive a short distance and then hand these to another man.

Detective Garda Patrick Hearne said he and his colleagues arrested the men and discovered the bags to contain cannabis and cocaine worth over €114,900.

Investigators subsequently found 18.5kg of cocaine, along with heroin, ketamine, cannabis herb and resin and €51,000 of MDMA in the lock-up, behind boxes of dried flowers. The total value of ….read more

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Court grants judgement of €159k against financial advisor

High Court

A judge has granted a judgement of €159,000 against a financial advisor accused of using investors’ funds for his own personal use.

The order was made Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds against Mr James Doherty, who the judge also ruled must also be attached by the Gardai and brought before the High Court to answer his alleged contempt of court.

Late last year, the judge made various orders freezing both his assets and the assets of two of his companies over an alleged failure to return €159,000 advanced to him as an investment.

The orders were granted in favour of Mr ….read more

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Victim tells court that former partner said he spent two years planning to kill her

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man convicted of assaulting and threatening to kill his former partner told her he spent two years planning the attack, the woman told a court.

Barry O’Donoghue (38) of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin was convicted of assaulting the woman, causing her harm and threatening to kill her at his address between October 20 and 21, 2016.

He was acquitted of falsely imprisoning her and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to another woman at the same location and dates. He had denied all charges against him and has no previous convictions.

During the five day trial at Dublin ….read more

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Woman stole designer goods from BT

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A young woman stole over €6,500 of designer items from Dublin’s Brown Thomas and then sold them on the street for “relatively small money”, a court has heard.

Ellavita Flynn (24) had gone into Brown Thomas on Grafton street, selected items and taken them without paying, four times over two weeks.

She was caught leaving the store on the last occasion with a €2,280 Luis Vuitton handbag. This item was the only one recovered.

Flynn, of Deerpark Lodge, Tallaght, Dubllin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a €395 Michael Kors watch, a €2,400 Prada handbag, a €1,490 Gucci handbag and ….read more

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