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Jailed pensioner appeals conviction for abusing teenage boy

Court of Appeal

A pensioner jailed for abusing a teenage boy 30 years ago must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction.

John Barrow (74), with an address in Crolly, Co Donegal, had denied six counts of indecently assaulting the then 14-year-old boy in the county between August 1989 and September 1990.

Donegal Circuit Criminal Court heard that Barrow and the boy had an interest in airplanes, and the abuse was alleged to have occurred after they had gone flying together.

Barrow was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to six years imprisonment with the final two years ….read more

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Liquidator (72) jailed for stealing compensation money owed to worker

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

A liquidator who failed to pass on compensation money transferred into his bank account from the Department of Social Protection to a worker has been jailed.

Sean O’Neill (72), of Saint Killians, Blacklion, Greystones, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of €28,530 on dates between May 5, 2013 and June 7, 2013. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan said O’Neill had a trust placed in him as a liquidator and was obliged to deal honestly. He said he was aware of O’Neill’s age but due to the breach of trust ….read more


Forger posed "potential public health risk" by issuing false physio approval letters

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Paul Neilan & Brion Hoban

A woman who forged physiotherapist’s approval letters and then took their Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists membership money has received a fully suspended sentence.

Emer Roche (46) of Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five fraud and forgery charges on dates between July 2014 and December 2014. She has three previous convictions for theft.

She admitted forging a letter at the society’s St Stephen’s Green HQ on September 19, 2014; of operating a computer with intent to making gain or causing loss at the same location on October 8, 2014; ….read more

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Care worker scammed €80k in payment fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A care worker who continued to submit claims for payment to his former employer for years after he had worked for them has been jailed for two years.

Jason Russell (37) submitted fraudulent monthly time sheets and was paid for three years after he finished working at Cheeverstown House. He received approximately €80,000 during this time.

Gardai were alerted in 2017 to the fraud carried out by Russell, who was then working as a delivery driver. On searching his home gardai also discovered undelivered boxes of clothes intended for various shops valued at €5,000.

Russell, of The Willow, Oldgrange Wood, Kildare, pleaded guilty ….read more

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Murderer's lawyers raise "interesting point" about alcoholism and diminished responsibility

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has rejected an “unusual” argument that a man’s alcoholism diminished his responsibility for murdering an ex-girlfriend, but added that the issue may need to be explored in the future.

Michael McDonald (56), an alcoholic with an address at Barnhill, Castledermot, Co Kildare, had admitted killing Breda Cummins (31) in Athy, Co Kildare on May 13, 2010, but denied it was murder.

The Central Criminal Court heard that McDonald had been in a five-year relationship with Ms Cummins that ended five weeks before he stabbed her six times in the chest as she lay in bed.

The ….read more

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Ryanair's action against senior exec to go ahead next week

High Court

Ryanair’s action against its Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew will be heard by the High Court next week.

The case will commence before Mr Justice Senan Allen next Tuesday. It was originally due to be heard earlier this month but was adjourned due to a number of factors, including the lack of a judge to hear the action.

At the High Court on Thursday, Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds told the parties that the case had been assigned to Mr Justice Allen and will commence before him next Tuesday.

Ms Justice Reynolds said case must finish on Friday and it is hoped that given ….read more

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