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Mr Justice Brian McGovern

Warm tributes paid to retiring judge Brian McGovern

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Mr Justice Brian McGovern. Credit: Collins)

The President of the Court of Appeal, the Attorney General and leading members of the legal profession have paid tribute to Mr Justice Brian McGovern on his retirement from the bench.

The popular and well respected judge steps down having served as a judge of the Court of Appeal and High Court for over 14 years, including a lengthy spell as the judge in charge of the busy Commercial Court division of the High Court, where he dealt with many high-profile cases.

Since 2018 he has served as a member of the Court of Appeal.

During ….read more

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Complainant 'trying to ruin my life', rape accused tells his trial

Central Criminal Court

One of the three young men alleged to have raped a woman and left her in the middle of nowhere has told his trial that the woman was “lying about everything” and “trying to ruin my life”.

The three accused, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping a woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The trial has heard that the then 18-year-old woman was allegedly driven to Dollymount Strand, raped by three men in turn and then left in ….read more

Special Criminal Court

'Evil' father's conviction for campaign of rape and abuse against daughters is upheld

Court of Appeal

A Tipperary man serving 17 years for the sexual abuse and rape of his daughters has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 44 charges of sexually abusing his daughters, 37 counts of raping his eldest daughter, one charge each of anal rape of this girl and oral rape of her younger sister, and one charge of issuing a threat to kill his youngest daughters on dates between October 1994 and July 2012.

He was found guilty on ….read more

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Ammunition stashed in hot-press and wardrobe

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A young man found to be hiding a significant amount of ammunition in his family home has been jailed for three years.

Jamie Mullen (23), of Rowlagh Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having ammunition at his home on September 20, 2017. He has 24 previous convictions.

Garda Cian Fleming told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that gardaí conducting a search recovered ammunition from two locations – the hot-press and under a wardrobe in Mullen’s bedroom.

Ballistics tests on the ammunition, which comprised 30 shotgun cartridges, a .22 Winchester magnum rimfire cartridge and a .9mm blank cartridge, found it ….read more


'I am not going to threaten you with a knife today': robber returned to shop next day

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman stole a till from a Subway shop as the terrified staff member she had robbed at knifepoint the previous day hid in a toilet, a court has heard.

Nicole Byrne (26), formerly of DePaul Hostel, Little Britain Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of Subway, Bolton Street, Dublin 1 on May 27, 2018.

Garda Richard Hall told Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, that Byrne had entered the shop on May 27th with her hoodie up and a scarf covering her face. She showed a knife to the staff member behind the counter and told her to ….read more

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Murder accused told garda: 'I didn't want him to get the better of me'

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A woman who admits stabbing her partner to death told a garda she had a fight with the deceased and “didn’t want him to get the better of me,” the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The trial of Paula Farrell also heard from teenagers who said the accused told them not to call an ambulance after they saw the dying man, who was covered in blood, slip and fall to the ground.

When gardai arrived they were told there was a 20 to 30 minute delay for an ambulance so they decided to take Mr McQuillan ….read more

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