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Uncle defiled niece while 'effectively acting as parent'

Central Criminal Court

A man who sexually abused his niece while he was “effectively acting as her parent” has been jailed for six years.

Patrick Cawley (49) took Winnie McDonagh (23) into his home when she was aged four following the death of her mother and first sexually abused her when she was 15-years-old.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Ms McDonagh was not able to marry within the Travelling Community because she was no longer a virgin because of the sexual assaults by her uncle.

During a trial last July, Cawley of Ardcath Road, Garristown, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to two charges of defilement of ….read more


Drunk man had 'no memory' of setting fire to doorway

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drunk man who set fire to the doorway of a house for no apparent reason told gardaí he woke up the next morning with burns to his arms, hands and face and no memory of what had happened.

Ian Morton (31) was drinking in a pub in Harold’s Cross, Dublin in October last year before he was asked to leave for being too intoxicated, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

He then got into his car, picked up some petrol from a nearby garage and came back to the area, where he set fire to the doorway of a house close ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man fights extradition to North on charge of attempted murder of PSNI officer

Court of Appeal

A Dubliner accused of trying to kill a PSNI officer has appealed his extradition to the North, where he faces trial and a possible life sentence.

Ciaran Maguire is concerned that his exercising his right to silence when interviewed here will be used against him across the border.

The High Court ordered the 29-year-old’s surrender in February, along with that of another Dublin man. However leave to appeal was granted the following month.

Mr Maguire, of Kippure Park, Finglas South and Seán Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, are wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a police officer ….read more

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Knife-wielding burglar jailed for 'terrifying' break-ins

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A burglar armed with knives who broke into the home of a mother in bed with her two children has been jailed for five years for the “terrifying” offence as well as second burglary the same night.

Sean Brady (26) earlier broke into the home of another innocent man, whom he called a paedophile, before stealing his laptop and climbing out a window when the man locked him inside the house.

A prosecuting garda said there was “no basis whatsoever” for Brady calling the man a paedophile.

Brady, of Rory O Connor House, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

'Duped' student avoids jail for mule account scam

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A student who was “effectively duped” into allowing a stolen cheque be lodged into his bank account has received a fully suspended sentence.

Jonathan Angbalu (25) was told by men he described as “the uncles” that he should not shake when trying to withdraw the money from his bank account “or they will cop on”.

Angbalu, with an address at The View, Cnoc na Greine, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to money laundering at Permanent TSB, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, on a date between March 1, 2016 and March 24, 2016. He has no previous convictions.

Garda ….read more

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'Mr Moonlight' appeal involves 5,500 pages of trial transcript

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

Patrick Quirke’s appeal against his conviction for the murder of Bobby “Mr Moonlight” Ryan has involved the preparation of 5,500 pages of transcript from the trial, the President of the Court of Appeal heard this morning.

Mr Justice George Birmingham said that the court had yet to receive a hard copy of documents from the Director of Public Prosecutions but that the court would probably receive them during the day.

“It’s less than ideal and I can’t say with certainty that it’s still all systems go,” he said.

Regarding the request for four days being set aside, Ms ….read more

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