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23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Jury finds man (21) not guilty of murdering mother's partner by reason of insanity

Central Criminal Court

A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering his mother’s partner two weeks after being sent home from A&E, where he had gone because he felt he ‘had to kill’ him. An expert told his trial that a person with homicidal ideations would be ‘detainable under the Mental Health Act’.

His trial had heard that the hospital notes mentioned that the then 19-year-old had a family history of mental illness. He was diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis, sent home after a number of hours and advised to seek treatment for drug misuse. He took that advice but ….read more

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Monet basher Shannon loses appeal over stolen painting conviction

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Andrew Shannon. Credit: Collins)

A man previously jailed for attacking a €10 million Monet painting has lost an appeal against his conviction for handling another artwork stolen from a stately home.

Andrew Shannon (54) was found guilty of handling a stolen Frederick Goodall piece at his home address at Willians Way, Ongar, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on January 31, 2014.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the Goodall desert scene oil painting, dating back to 1892, was stolen from Bantry House, Seafield, in Cork, in March of 2006.

Gardaí had obtained a warrant to search Shannon’s home on an unrelated matter in 2014 and ….read more

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Falcon-breeding dispute comes before High Court

High Court

A dispute over the breeding of falcons between an Abu Dabhi-based businessman and two people living in Co Wicklow has come before the High Court.

The action has been brought by United Arab Emirates-based Abdullah Rashid Ahmed Almana Mansoori against Mr Kenneth Smith and Ms Laura Churchard, both of Hawkslodge, Toolestown, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow.

Dating back thousands of years, falconry is a traditional sport in the UAE and on the wider Arabian Peninsula. It is particularly popular with the Emirate’s ruling elite.

In his action, Mr Mansoori, of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE seeks several orders including an injunction preventing Mr ….read more

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Detective's conviction for harassing State Solicitor is upheld

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Eve Doherty. Credit: Collins)

A detective found guilty of harassing a State solicitor by sending abusive letters and emails has lost an appeal against her conviction.

Eve Doherty (50), with an address in Blackglen Road, Sandyford, Dublin, was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of harassing State solicitor Elizabeth Howlin between September 2011 and March 2013. Doherty had denied the charge.

She was found not guilty on two counts of making false statements on two dates in March 2012, in which she claimed Ms Howlin was perverting the course of justice.

At the time in question, Ms Howlin ….read more

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Violent sex-attacker had to be pulled from victim by gardai

Central Criminal Court

A sex attacker had to be physically pulled from his victim by gardaí who responded to reports of a woman screaming for help in a laneway in Dublin city centre, a court has heard.

Bogdan Timorte (37) was recorded by a nearby resident on his phone attacking the woman.

The resident had heard the screams for help and alerted gardaí but was too afraid to approach. This phone footage, as well as CCTV footage of Timorte’s movements, was played to the court.

Timorte was captured on CCTV first meeting the intoxicated woman on Parnell Street, putting his arm around her and chatting before ….read more


Claim by CAB staff for increased allowance is dismissed

High Court

The High Court has dismissed claims brought by five staff members of the Criminal Asset Bureau over the State’s refusal to pay them the same financial allowance as other non-garda officers for carrying out certain work.

In his judgement Mr Justice Senan Allen said that the five, who work as forensic accountants and financial crime analysts, had not made out a case in law, and the court “must dismiss the action”.

He said that when working for CAB the five, when realising that they were required to carry out duties other than those set out in their job description, were ….read more

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