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Child rapist warned victim of 'going 10ft under' if she exposed abuse

Court of Appeal

A child rapist, who warned his victim that she would be “going ten feet under” if she exposed the abuse, has lost an appeal against his conviction.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury in 2014 of eight counts of sexual assault and four counts of rape.

In May 2014 he was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison. His trial heard that the victim was the daughter of the defendant’s partner. She was aged between six and eleven when the abuse occurred from June 2003 to ….read more

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10 years for rape and abuse of daughter

Central Criminal Court

A father who sexually assaulted and orally raped his daughter has been jailed for ten years.

Patrick Shiels (64) sexually abused his daughter during arranged visits to his home. The victim was aged between four and eight at the time of the abuse.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim in this case, Marlene Prakash-Shiels (25), wished to waive her right to anonymity.

Shiels had pleaded not guilty to oral rape and four counts of sexual assault of the complainant on various occasions between September 2000 and December 2004 at his then address in Togher, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

He had also pleaded not ….read more

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Graham Whelan gets Book of Evidence on drug and money laundering offences

Special Criminal Court

The Book of Evidence has been served on a father-of-four who is accused of a series of money laundering and drug trafficking offences after his arrest in a penthouse suite at a luxury South Dublin hotel.

The Special Criminal Court previously heard that when asked to account for €1.2k in cash found in his pocket, Graham Whelan told gardaí that it had come from “up his Swiss roll”.

Mr Whelan appeared on bail before the non-jury court today, where his case was adjourned after service of the book was confirmed by the State.

Mr Whelan was granted strict bail in March ….read more

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Hungarian man goes on trial for third time over 2014 killing

Central Criminal Court

A 49-year-old man will go on trial on Wednesday, charged with murdering a man in Co Kildare seven years ago. The jury has been told that there have already been two trials in the case.

Zoltan Almasi, a Hungarian citizen with an address at Harbour View, Naas, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this afternoon, charged with murdering Joseph Dunne.

Dressed in a suit and tie, Mr Almasi pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of the 20-year-old man at Harbour View on May 16 2014.

A jury of seven men and four women was sworn in to hear ….read more

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Kevin Lunney abduction trial to proceed at month end

Special Criminal Court

The trial of four men accused of abducting and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney will now proceed at the end of this month after almost five months of delays, the Special Criminal Court heard today.

The case, which was in for mention today before the Special Criminal Court, had originally been fixed for trial on January 11 at the non-jury court.

The trial has been continually delayed at the three-judge court because of public health concerns caused by a combination of Covid-19 and the number of witnesses in the case.

Father-of-six Mr Lunney (51), had his leg broken, ….read more

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Scrambler crash during drug bust

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who crashed a scrambler bike while attempting to escape gardai has been jailed after being caught with over €99,000 of cannabis herb he was moving for others.

Nathan Duffy (20), of Graigue Court, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at St Margarets Road on September 28, 2019.

Garda Peter Morris told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that gardai observed two males acting suspiciously in a field and moving items between a box and a bag. Gardai identified themselves and the men attempted to leave.

One man ran and was caught while ….read more

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