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Padraig Hyland

'Nadine will never be forgotten': statement of Lott family

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Family friend and solicitor Pauric Hyland speaking outside court today. Photo: Collins)

The family of murdered beauty therapist Nadine Lott have said that nothing can ever “truly provide justice” for the loss of their beautiful daughter and sister in such a “brutal and needless fashion”.

“This sentence can never bring true justice for Nadine, can never fix what has been broken and can never recover what has been lost,” the statement read.

Commencing the statement on behalf of the Lott family outside the Criminal Courts of Justice building this afternoon, family friend and solicitor Pauric Hyland said that Nadine’s ….read more

Stephen Fowler

Grandfather jailed for helping botched Kinahan Cartel murder bid

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Stephen Fowler. Photo: Collins)

A grandfather whose son was murdered in a drugs feud has been jailed for his involvement in a botched attempt by the Kinahan Cartel to murder rival Hutch gang member James ‘Mago’ Gately.

Stephen Fowler, who was serving the suspended part of a drugs sentence at the time, is the sixth man to be jailed by the non-jury court in what the judge said was the “ongoing targeting” of Gately’s life carried out in the context of a criminal gang feud.

Gately, who also survived a second attempt on his life in May 2017, had been warned ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man who helped violent armed robber has sentence backdated

Court of Appeal

by Peter Doyle

A man who was jailed for his role in the violent armed robbery of his local takeaway on New Year’s Day could be released within a week after his sentence was reduced on appeal.

Anthony Behan’s younger brother Joseph Behan had shot and injured two people during the heist on January 1, 2019, at Mizzoni’s Pizza, Edenmore Shopping Centre, Raheny, Dublin.

Joseph Behan, who was living at an address at Edenmore Park, Raheny, at the time of the offence, was later convicted of assault causing serious harm, assault causing harm and discharging a firearm following a jury ….read more

Anthony Keogh

Former Keogh's Crisps director discharged from cannabis case

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Anthony Keogh. Photo: Collins)

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

A former director of Keogh’s Crisps who was caught growing 39 cannabis plants without a licence “essentially for medicinal purposes” has been discharged from the case after meeting the sentencing judge’s conditions.

Anthony Keogh (64), a farmer and a former director of Keogh’s Crisps, grew in his greenhouse plants which had a total combined value of €7,800.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that he grew the plants “out of some degree of curiosity in relation to them and in relation to curiosity concerning the medicinal benefits of cannabis”.

The court heard this was “simply ….read more

Jim Mansfield 3

Witness says Jim Mansfield Jnr told him to destroy CCTV footage

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Junior. Photo: Collins)

Property magnate Jim Mansfield junior, who denies setting up one of his employees to be taken prisoner by a gang, wanted CCTV footage from the day of the alleged abduction destroyed, his trial has heard.

Patrick Byrne today told prosecution counsel, Shane Costelloe SC, that in 2015 he worked in security with his brother Martin Byrne at Finnstown House hotel, which was owned by Mr Mansfield Jnr.

The witness said the day after his brother Martin was taken hostage, Mr Mansfield Jnr told him to destroy a digital recording device used to store CCTV footage ….read more

Ronan Byrne

Manslaughter accused's lack of luck 'does not absolve him', prosecution say

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Ronan Byrne. Photo: Collins)

A manslaughter trial has heard that the alleged victim was “unlucky” to have died from the injuries he sustained, but that does not absolve the accused.

Ronan Byrne (31) is alleged to have fractured James Marren’s leg with a bat during an altercation. A jury has heard that days after the man’s leg was put in a cast at hospital, a blood clot developed in his leg which travelled to his heart. This clot proved fatal.

Byrne, of Lohunda Downs, Clonsilla, Blanchardstown, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the unlawful killing ….read more

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