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Lawyers for Jim Mansfield Jnr have 'substantial concerns' about trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for businessman Jim Mansfield Junior, who is charged with conspiracy to commit false imprisonment, have said they have “substantial concerns” about the “state of readiness” of his Special Criminal Court trial, which is due to begin in October.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, for Mr Mansfield Jnr, told the three-judge court that the case was in for mention today to allow both sides assess the position in relation to the disclosure of evidence. “There are substantial concerns on the defence’s side about the trial,” he submitted.

The non-jury court vacated Mr Mansfield’s Jnr trial date last April over ….read more

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Mother of special needs boy challenges care allowance refusal

High Court

The mother of a 14-year-old boy with special needs has challenged a decision by the Minister for Social Protection that she is not entitled to a domiciliary care allowance.

The applicant cannot be identified for legal reasons and her son, the court heard, has a recognised disability that affects his development.

He has very limited motor skills and cannot complete the most basic of tasks. The court heard that he cannot butter a slice of bread nor ride a bicycle.

The allowance is a monthly payment of just over €300 for a child aged under 16 years with a severe disability who requires ….read more

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'Man with a van' wound up in deep trouble as drugs courier

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A “man with a van” who advertised himself as available to do jobs as a way out of debt wound up in deeper trouble when he was caught with boxes containing €350,000 of cannabis.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Paul O’Leary’s role was simply as a courier and he had no wider involvement.

His lawyers submitted as a “man with a van” without a criminal history and who was amenable to making money, he had put a “red flag” on himself making him attractive to others after advertising his delivery service on the internet.

O’Leary (51), of Follyhouse Lane, New Ross, pleaded guilty ….read more

Liam Campbell

Liam Campbell gets date to appeal Lithuanian extradition order

High Court

(Pictured: Liam Campbell. Credit: Collins)

Liam Campbell, who was found civilly liable for the Omagh bombing, has been given a date next January to appeal an extradition order surrendering him to Lithuania, where he is to answer charges of international weapons trafficking.

Campbell (58) was arrested in Upper Faughart, Dundalk, Co Louth, on December 2, 2016, on foot of the second European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued by Lithuanian authorities to be endorsed by the High Court here. It was the third attempt overall by Lithuania to seek Campbell’s surrender.

The 1998 Omagh bombing was the single deadliest incident in the Troubles, resulting in ….read more

Four Courts

Student teacher sues uni after Covid-19 halted graduation

High Court

A student teacher has brought High Court proceedings against Maynooth University over not being allowed graduate as she was unable to complete her teaching practice after the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to close.

The action has been brought by Ekaette Kwuogor, from Cappagh Road, Finglas Dublin 11, who had been studying for a Higher Diploma in Further Education at the university’s Department of Adult and Community Education.

The court heard that in she was accepted into the programme for the 2019-20 academic year and last January she commenced the teacher training part of her course.

The court heard that the naturalised Irish citizen ….read more

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Thief previously given suspended sentence gets jail for lodging bad cheques

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A gambler who stole nearly €45,000 from Ulster Bank by lodging cheques he knew would not clear has been jailed for 18 months.

Karim Haddouche (49) was last year given a three-year suspended sentence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for stealing €15,000 from the same bank in January 2017.

The garda investigation into the €45,000 theft – which occurred during the same period between November 2016 and January 2017 – was only concluded after he was given a suspended sentence last July. He was arrested on these latest charges in October last year.

Judge Martin Nolan, who sentenced Haddouche last July, said he ….read more

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