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Wanted Polish criminal linked to cannabis haul through fingerprints

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A wanted Polish criminal whose fingerprints linked him to a storage container containing nearly half a million euro worth of cannabis has been jailed for five years.

Tomasz Lorenc (32) with an address at The Hill, Clon Brugh, Aikens Village, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of possessing cannabis for sale or supply on August 24, 2018.

A total of €467,000 worth of cannabis was found inside a rented 40 foot metal storage container at Meadowfield Storage in Saggart after gardaí obtained a search warrant, Garda Josh Doran told Lorenc’s sentence hearing today.

The storage unit was rented ….read more

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Murder accused said he and partner were 'playing sexual game', insanity trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of stabbing to death a woman he was having an affair with told gardai that “we were playing a sexual game” when arrested on suspicion of the crime, a murder trial jury has heard.

Valerijs Leitons (25), with an address at St Kevin’s Gardens, Dartry, is charged with murdering Skaidrite Valdgeima (34) on 26 June 2019 at the Binary Hub aparthotel on Bonham Street, Dublin 8. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Central Criminal Court trial has heard that Mr Leitons and Ms Valdgeima, a married woman, had struck up a friendship that became a ….read more

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'Highly organised' gang behind border ATM thefts, court hears

Special Criminal Court

A ‘hard working family man’ is facing a prison term over his involvement with a ‘hole in the wall’ criminal gang which had netted almost €800,000 from a series of ATM thefts.

Niall Finnegan (39) of Cherry Grove, Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, was in possession of €103,930 in stolen cash when he was arrested at a location in Tullypole, Co Meath.

At the Special Criminal Court today, Detective Sergeant Mark Looby told prosecutor Fiona Murphy SC that the money had been linked to a number of ATM thefts which had been carried out in the Cavan and Monaghan areas.

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Man repeatedly raped wife's niece in 1990s

Central Criminal Court

A County Kerry man will be sentenced at the Central Criminal Court later for the repeated rape of his wife’s niece in the county 30 years ago.

The now 41-year-old woman made a report to gardaí in 2019 outlining that her aunt’s husband raped her on a number of occasions, which first started when she was nine years old. She said she used to regularly visit the couple in their family home and often slept in the same bed as them.

She told gardaí that once her aunt got up in the morning, her uncle would turn her on her side, hold ….read more


Garda shot during raid on criminal's home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A member of the garda emergency response unit who was shot during a raid of a criminal’s home has said “not a day goes by” when he doesn’t think of other colleagues who have been killed in the line of duty.

Sergeant Paul McManus was at the back of a house that had been secured for a drug search when Charles Moore (48) fired a shot that struck the officer in his left forearm.

The garda read his victim impact statement during Moore’s sentence hearing before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Sgt McManus spoke of how he feels lucky to be alive ….read more

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'Total horror': court hears of Nadine Lott murder scene as Murtagh gets life

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Nadine Lott’s mother, Claire Lott. Photo: Collins)

Nadine Lott’s mother has described the scene at her daughter’s apartment, where she was beaten by her former partner to the point where she was “completely unrecognisable”, as one of “total horror”.

Claire Lott told the Central Criminal Court today that a “savage, brutal and evil attack” had been inflicted on her “baby” Nadine by murderer Daniel Murtagh, whom she called the “devil at work”. She said that her family remain “haunted” by thoughts of her daughter’s “terror, fear, panic and cries” during the “prolonged, evil attack” carried out by Murtagh, who was described ….read more

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