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"Trusted IRA member" who bought car used in NI murder loses appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Vincent Banks. Credit: Collins)

A “trusted” IRA member who purchased the car used in the murder of a Northern Irish prison officer David Black has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Mr Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot dead on November 1st 2012. He was driving to work at Maghaberry prison when the incident occurred.

Vincent Banks (49), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, was convicted by the non-jury Special Criminal Court of membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on December 18th 2012.

At a previous trial, ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Rapist father "a highly manipulative person", appeal court finds

Court of Appeal

A man jailed for repeatedly raping his daughter has been found to be a “highly manipulative” person and allegations that his daughter confessed to telling lies about him were “not credible”, the Court of Appeal has concluded.

The 47-year-old man was found guilty of sexually assaulting and raping his daughter in various ways in Co Mayo and abroad on dates between 2006 and 2010 when she was aged between seven and eleven. Their details must not be published to protect the victim’s identity.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the first rape took place shortly after the death of her ….read more

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Man who had extreme child abuse imagery is jailed for defiling girls

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Isabel Hayes

A separated man who had sexual encounters with three underage girls one year after he was caught with extreme child pornography has been jailed for seven and a half years.

David Masterson (54) who is originally from the Tallaght area of Dublin but has been on remand in custody since September 2017, met the three girls through a teenage boy who had linked in with the victims on social media.

Detective Garda Colin McKiernan agreed with Paul Carroll SC, defending, that this teenage boy had gone online “looking for sexual experiences for payment and roped these girls ….read more

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Man to be tried before non-jury court over Sunset House murder

Special Criminal Court

A man charged with the murder of Dublin bar manager Michael Barr, who was shot at the Sunset House pub three years ago, will be tried in the Special Criminal Court.

UK national David Hunter (41) with an address at Du Cane Road, White City in London, is accused of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Michael Barr (35) at the Sunset House pub, on Summerhill Parade, in the north inner city on April 25, 2016.

Mr Barr, a father-of-five from Co Tyrone, had worked as a manager at the pub. He was shot seven times.

Mr Hunter appeared at a ….read more


Phone shop owner "feared for life" during armed raid

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An uninsured phone shop owner robbed at knife-point of his entire stock feared for his life during the raid, a court has heard.

Bruno De Melo (24) and an accomplice carried out the robbery at the phone shop two weeks after robbing a €6,500 Rolex watch from a man who had advertised it for sale online.

Mr Syed Shah described in his victim impact statement how he believed the robbers were going to kill him after taking his stock. He said he was not insured and his future plans had been “shattered.”

De Melo, of Blessington Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit ….read more

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Married couple are first to be convicted of female genital mutilation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A married couple convicted of the female genital mutilation (FGM) of their infant child are the first in the country to be convicted of the offence, a court has heard.

The couple had both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of carrying out an act of FGM on a then one-year-old girl at an address in Dublin on September 16, 2016.

The 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman also pleaded not guilty to one count of child cruelty on the same day. They are both originally from an African nation but cannot be named to protect ….read more

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