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Solicitor Ammi Burke in heated exchange with judge as she launches High Court challenge

High Court

Solicitor Ammi Burke has brought a High Court action seeking to overturn the rejection of an unfair dismissal claim she brought against her former employer Arthur Cox LLP.

Last May, an independent adjudication officer threw out a complaint Miss Burke had made to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), that she had been unfairly dismissed by the well-known law firm in November 2019, after her summons request for additional witnesses and repeated interruptions by her mother prevented the hearing from proceeding.

In a written decision on the case published in May, adjudicating officer Kevin Baneham wrote that “sustained and deliberate obstruction and disruptions” ….read more

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Man sexually assaulted sleeping friend, sent photo to her

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By CCC Nuacht Reporter

A man took a photo of a sleeping friend and sent it to her along with a message in which he said he had performed a sex act on her, a court has heard.

The 38-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, has today been jailed for 30 months for sexual assault.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the woman had locked her door and that she believes the man accessed her bedroom by climbing through an open window via a balcony.

The man pleaded guilty to sexual assault at an address in Co ….read more

Special Criminal Court

'Upper echelon' gang member had 5kg of cocaine in potato bag

Court of Appeal

The five-and-a-half-year jail sentence imposed on an “upper echelon” gang member who was caught red-handed with over €1 million in cash and drugs – including 5kg of cocaine in a potato bag – was too lenient, the State has told the Court of Appeal.

James Curtis (51) with an address at Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was jailed at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court in October 2021.

The court heard that while serving a suspended sentence Curtis was “caught red-handed” in a field near his home in possession of a potato bag containing 5kg of cocaine. Gardai discovered €41,000 cash and a further ….read more

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Sex offender returned to jail after failing to leave country, committing further offences

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A serial offender who trapped and attacked a woman before masturbating in front of her has been returned to jail for two years after failing to leave the country as a condition of his sentence.

Chico Makamda (39) had been sentenced in 2019 to seven and a half years with the final two and a half years suspended on condition that he leave the country within 14 days of his release.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today that Makamda failed to leave the country as required after being released in January 2022 and has since accrued two convictions for failing to notify ….read more

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Woman jailed for moving heroin at behest of partner

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A woman who transported heroin between her home and another Dublin address at the behest of her then partner has been jailed for two years.

Suzanne Shannon (38) pleaded guilty to one count of being in possession of heroin with an estimated value of €69,608, at her home in Avondale House on North Cumberland Street on June 23, 2017.

Imposing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Orla Crowe said that Shannon has a “chronic drugs problem” and a history of offending.

She noted however that the defendant was acting at the behest of her then partner, who had taken ….read more

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6.5-year jail term for violent offender who repeatedly raped teen

Central Criminal Court

A violent offender who raped a teenager with a mild intellectual disability after accosting her on the street at night, before falsely imprisoning her and raping her twice more in his home, has been jailed for six and a half years.

Costel Pirvu (39) formerly of Loughrea, Co Galway, was found guilty of three counts of rape and one of false imprisonment after a nine-day trial at the Central Criminal Court last year.

He continues to maintain his innocence.

Detective Garda Adrian Fehily told Éilis Brennan SC, prosecuting, that the offence took place at a town in the west of Ireland in the ….read more

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