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'An unprecedented abuse': Rapist Murray gets 16 further years for death threats against lawyers

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A convicted rapist has been sentenced to 16 further years in prison for a campaign of harassment against his victim and death threats directed at lawyers involved in his original trial – with the judge calling his actions an “unprecedented and deliberate” abuse of process.

Michael Murray (50), formerly of Seafield Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, was excluded from his sentence hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today after flinging the Bible from the witness box at the presiding judge.

Murray was found guilty earlier this month of making death threats against Dominic McGinn SC in November 2014 and Tony McGillicuddy ….read more

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Lifelong criminal Trevor Byrne will serve sentences totalling 17.5 years

Special Criminal Court

Lifelong criminal Trevor Byrne will serve consecutive jail sentences totalling 17.5 years for firearms offences and for the armed robbery of a bookmakers, after which he hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.

Byrne, who has 44 previous convictions, had left his phone at the scene of the robbery and was convicted earlier this year by the Special Criminal Court of five charges arising from the armed robbery of Boylesports in Applewood Village in Swords, Co Dublin, on March 19, 2010.

The defendant (41) of Cappagh Road, Finglas West in Dublin had pleaded not guilty to the robbery, ….read more

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€870k in drug money stashed at rural property

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiachra Gallagher

A father-of-three who hid over €870,000 in drug money at a rural property in Co Cavan has been jailed for four years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Jonathon O’Connor (38) could not reveal to gardai who owned the money because “his life would be in danger”.

O’Connor, of Elm Road, Donnycarney, Dublin, pleaded guilty to a single charge of money laundering at an address in Dromore, Bailieboro, Co Cavan, on July 28, 2020. He has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Mark Buckley told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that on the morning of July 28, gardai carried out of surveillance operation ….read more

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'Border Fox' O'Hare withdraws appeal after judge's warning

Special Criminal Court

(File Picture: Dessie O’Hare. Photo: Collins)

Former INLA terrorist Dessie O’Hare, who was known as “The Border Fox”, has withdrawn his appeal against the severity of his sentence for falsely imprisoning a family.

His barrister had suggested that he was being sentenced for the sins of the past, rather than the present. He was referring to a kidnapping O’Hare carried out in the 1980s, for which he was sentenced to 40 years before being released early under The Good Friday Agreement.

The Court of Appeal today warned him of its powers, which include increasing as well as decreasing sentences. Court President Justice George ….read more

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Judge asks if defence suggesting gardai engaged in 'hanky panky' by 'planting' DNA

Special Criminal Court

The presiding judge in the trial of four men accused of abducting and torturing Kevin Lunney has asked a defence lawyer if he is suggesting that gardai engaged in “hanky panky” by planting the businessman’s DNA in a van.

Lawyers for two of the accused men said that gardai seized the Renault Kangoo and kept it in a forensic examination facility in Santry in Dublin that could be accessed by multiple gardai, yet no record was kept of who came and went.

They said Dr Edward Connolly, of Forensic Science Ireland, found an area of red and brown suspected blood ….read more


Man let apartment be used to store €800k in drugs

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A man has been jailed for four years for allowing his apartment to be used by a gang to warehouse over €800,000 worth of drugs.

Martin Gilsenan (50) of Kilwarden Court, Boot Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to having cannabis resin, cannabis herb and cocaine for sale and supply at his home on October 16, 2018.

Passing sentence today before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Karen O’Connor said officers were carrying out a surveillance operation observing the flat complex that day having received confidential information.

The court heard that as gardaí watched, a courier van drew up outside ….read more

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