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Google breaching acquitted man's anonymity, court told

Central Criminal Court

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Micheal O’Higgins SC told Mr Justice Micheal White that when his client’s name is placed into the Google search engine, the results include links to reports of rape trials.

He said it is really odd that while his client is not named in any of the articles, they appear “juxtaposed” with his name in the search results page. He said the results include links to court reports of the man’s 2018 trial and ….read more

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Aspiring DJ who concealed heroin between buttocks given "one last chance"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An aspiring DJ found concealing heroin between his buttocks in a garda station has been given a suspended jail term of two and a half years.

Judge Karen O’Connor said she was giving Mark Sorahan (44) one last chance at rehabilitation.

Sorahan, of Ferrycarrig Drive, Coolock, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin for sale or supply and obstruction of a garda in the course of a search at Priorswood Road, Priorswood on March 16, 2018.

Sorahan told gardaí he had bought the drugs in an effort to make money to fund repairs to his girlfriend’s car.

Sergeant Killian ….read more

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Newry bombing accused acquitted after DNA evidence found unreliable

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Darren Weldon. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin man has been acquitted of IRA membership after the Special Criminal Court found it could not rely on DNA evidence recovered from a number plate used in a car bomb attack at Newry courthouse over nine years ago.

It was the prosecution’s case that DNA evidence linked Darren Weldon to a number plate found in the debris of a car bomb which exploded outside Newry courthouse on February 22, 2010.

Darren Weldon (47), from Kilbarrack in Dublin but with an address at Drinadaly in Trim, Co Meath, had pleaded not guilty to membership of ….read more

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Man who used cannabis to treat pain avoids jail for storing drug

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Alex Bravo. Credit: Collins)

An arthritis sufferer who was using cannabis to treat his pain has received a suspended jail term after being caught with over five kilogrammes of the drug.

Gardai searched Alex Bravo’s flat in Dublin city centre home on August 3 last year after receiving confidential information that drugs were being held there for a criminal gang.

Bravo (60) pointed gardaí to a suitcase which contained an Iceland freezer bag with five and a half kilo blocks of cannabis resin. The estimated street value of the drugs found was €31,460.

Bravo told gardaí he used cannabis to treat the pain ….read more

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Sentences totalling 20 years for pair who helped criminals murder Vinnie Ryan

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Kelly Smyth, partner of the late Vincent Ryan, speaking outside court today. Credit: Collins)

Two men have been sentenced to a total of 20 years for helping a criminal gang to murder Vinnie Ryan, a brother of slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan.

Jeffrey Morrow received the longer sentence of eleven years after Mr Justice Michael White detailed his history of crimes, including conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van carrying €1million.

Paul O’Beirne was sentenced to nine years, with Mr Justice White saying he finds it difficult to understand why a man with no history of criminal activity got involved ….read more

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Woman gets four-year jail term for killing violent alcoholic boyfriend

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Inga Ozolina. Credit: Collins)

A woman who killed her violent alcoholic boyfriend, who she said had made her life “a living hell” and whom she had obtained two safety orders against, has been jailed for four years for manslaughter.

At the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Alexander Owens said that the mother of two regrets her former partner died but had not accepted responsibility for his death.

“There is no doubt that the activity of the defendant and the fracas was not purely defensive,” noted the judge, adding that she had lost self-control on the night. However, Mr Justice Owens ….read more

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