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Court of Criminal Appeal

Drug-selling taxi driver served 'long four years' in industrial school

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A taxi driver who admitted he was transporting drugs for sale has been given a three-year suspended sentence.

Judge Martin Nolan said Patrick McCarthy’s (56) detention in an industrial school in Tipperary in the 1970s would have been “a very tough four years” and similar to serving a prison sentence.

“I suspect his stay there was not easy. It is a long four years for a young man from the city to live in Clonmel,” Judge Nolan said.

He said given the fact that the man had led a blameless life prior to his arrest for selling cocaine, his co-operation with the garda ….read more

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Three appear at night sitting of court charged in connection with Regency Hotel shooting

Special Criminal Court

Three Dublin men have appeared before an out-of-hours sitting of the non-jury Special Criminal Court tonight charged with helping a crime gang murder David Byrne at the Regency Hotel.

Patrick Dowdall (64) with an address at Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, Paul Murphy (59), of Cherry Avenue, Swords, Co Dublin and Jason Bonney (50), of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Dublin 13 were each arrested earlier today and brought before the three-judge court tonight.

Gardai objected to bail for Mr Bonney, whom they allege was part of a well-organised crime gang involved in the murder of David Byrne.

Mr Murphy and Mr Bonney ….read more

Charlotte Mulhall

Scissor Sister Mulhall can challenge prison transfer

High Court

(File Picture: Charlotte Mulhall. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has allowed convicted murderer Charlotte Mulhall permission to bring a challenge aimed at securing her a transfer from Limerick Prison back to Mountjoy woman’s prison in Dublin.

Mr Justice Anthony Barr said that he was prepared to allow Mulhall bring the challenge on the grounds that the 2018 transfer had adversely impacted visits she received from family members.

Mulhall claims that arising out of the transfer to Limerick, close family who are based in Dublin were unable to visit her. Through her lawyers, Mulhall claims this situation amounts to a disproportionate interference with ….read more

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Chinese national lived under false name for years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Chinese national who lived under a false name for eight years after buying another person’s birth certificate was “a model citizen in all but name”, a court has heard.

Wenzi Wang (38) also pleaded guilty to having a jumper and epaulettes resembling those of An Garda Síochána. He first came to this country in 2002 on a student visa, but after his visa had expired he obtained a legitimate Northern Irish birth certificate belonging to another person and used it to obtain an Irish passport in the name Sau Kee Lee.

Wang went on to obtain a driving licence, a taxi ….read more

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Murderer Outram claims there's no proof he caused fatal injury to defenceless farmer (90)

Central Criminal Court

Ross Outram, who was jailed for life for the murder of 90-year-old farmer Paddy Lyons, has told the Court of Appeal that there is no proof that he caused the injury that led to the pensioner’s death.

His lawyer Michael O’Higgins SC said that while his client struck Mr Lyons repeatedly on the head, the pathology evidence showed that the victim died due to a hip fracture. Mr O’Higgins said there was no basis for the jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that the hip fracture was caused by the assault and not by an accidental fall after his client ….read more

Garda stock

Leaf blower thrown at gardai during high speed chase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A criminal who threw gardening equipment including a leaf blower at gardai during a high-speed pursuit on a motorway has been jailed for three and a half years.

Jordan Carroll (21) threw equipment such as a leaf blower and hedge clippers out the window during a chase which came to an end when the stolen car he was in crashed into two garda patrol cars.

Carroll, of Lindisfarne Vale, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangering traffic, criminal damage and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle at various locations in Co Wicklow and Co Dublin on ….read more

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