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Sentence "too high" for man who killed attacker after racial abuse

Court of Appeal

A Brazilian national jailed for killing a man who had assaulted and racially abused him earlier that evening has moved to appeal his sentence.

Juraci Da Silva (36), with an address at Park Lane Apartments in Waterford, had admitted killing James ‘Jay’ Banville at New Street in the city in the early hours of October 8, 2016 but denied it was murder.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Da Silva had been assaulted twice earlier that evening by the deceased and his friend Conor Hogan. The first assault was accompanied by racial comments and the second by sexual comments “of ….read more


Abuser "has not shown any remorse", garda tells court

Central Criminal Court

A man who sexually abused his niece for three years “has not shown any remorse”, a court has heard.

The man (31), who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting and sexually exploiting his niece at his home on dates between June 9, 2013 and July 16, 2016.

A local garda told Paddy McCarthy SC, prosecuting, that the abuse occurred when the victim visited her grandparent’s house, where her uncle also lived. It began when she was six years old.

The garda said the defendant would take his niece on walks near ….read more

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Man who spent 31 years in jail for murder committed as a child no longer "a risk to society", court told

High Court

A man who has spent 31 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was a child does not pose a risk to society and should not be extradited to the UK, his barrister has told the High Court.

Roy Norman Kenyon absconded to Ireland in 2003 while serving his sentence for the murder of Margaret Potts, an elderly shopkeeper, whom he beat to death with a poker in 1971. Having lived in Ireland under an alias for the past 15 years, the 64-year-old is now facing the prospect of returning to the UK to continue serving the ….read more

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Man accused of raping siblings claims he cannot get a fair trial

High Court

A man accused of raping and sexually assaulting two of his younger siblings over 20 years ago has brought a High Court action aimed at halting his prosecution.

The man, who is aged in his late thirties, claims he cannot get a fair trial in respect of events that are alleged to have occurred in the late 1990s when he was aged between 13 and 15 years of age.

The complainants are his sister and brother, who made statements concerning the allegations against their brother to the Gardai in 2017. The DPP initially declined to prosecute the man for the ….read more

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Father-of-six raped teen daughter once a week

Central Criminal Court

A Donegal father-of-six raped his teenage daughter once per week while his wife was away from the house, a court has heard.

Maurice Laffferty (50) of Corcullen, Castlefin, Donegal, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughter Annie Lafferty at his home on dates between November 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

Garda Sergeant John Dorian told Paul Carroll SC, prosecuting, that the accused’s wife worked in Letterkenny and lived away from the home four nights a week during the period of offending.

Sgt Dorian said that on a night in November, 2010, Lafferty came into his then seventeen year ….read more

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Serial burglar loses appeal over on-the-run sex attack

Court of Appeal

A serial burglar who was on-the-run when he sexually assaulted a woman he met in a pub has lost an appeal against his four year sentence.

Paddy Harty (45) of Lahinch Road, Ennis, Co Clare, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman (53) at a secluded part of The Curragh, Co Kildare on April, 23, 2015.

He was sentenced to four years imprisonment, made consecutive to another four year sentence Harty had received two months earlier for theft and fraud offences, by Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy on January 29, 2018.

He lost an appeal against the severity ….read more

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