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High Court quashes suspended prison sentences imposed on teenager

High Court

The High Court has quashed suspended prison sentences imposed on a 17-year-old boy who admitted stealing electrical goods worth approximately €400 from a shop.

The Director of Public Prosecutions sought to have the sentences quashed on the grounds that they were not lawful. The matter has now been sent back to the District so that new sentences can be imposed.

The sentences were imposed on the teen, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of items from a supermarket in a town in the West of Ireland before a sitting of the local ….read more

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Planning permission for large scale chicken farm is quashed

High Court

The High Court has made an order quashing planning permission for a large chicken farm in Co Mayo.

The order was made by Mr Justice Anthony Barr after he was told that An Bord Pleanala had consented to quashing the permission it granted in September 2019 for a new poultry house and ancillary facilities at Brownhall Demense, Balla, Castlebar.

The board’s decision to give the poultry farm the go-ahead was challenged by Mr Michael O’Connor from Brownhall, Balla, Castlebar, who lives beside the proposed development.

The court heard on Tuesday that board had also agreed to pay Mr O’Connor’s legal costs.

Permission was originally ….read more

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Teen brothers who abused sister were raised in 'toxic sexual environment', court hears

Court of Appeal

By Peter Doyle

Two brothers who sexually abused their sister when she was only six years old and they were both teenagers were also victims who had been raised in a “toxic environment of sexual misconduct”, a court was told today.

The brothers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had both pleaded guilty at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court in October 2019.

The older brother, who was aged between 19 and 20 at the time of the offending, had admitted that on a date unknown between January 15, 2007, and January 14, 2008, he sexually assaulted his younger sister contrary to ….read more

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Algerian man jailed for sex attacks on teenage girls

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An Algerian man who followed and sexually assaulted teenage girls in a Dublin park has been jailed for just under three years.

In five incidents on various dates in the summer of 2020, Ahemd Yagoub (57) grabbed one young woman between the legs, rubbed another girl inside the top of her thigh and masturbated in front of some younger girls.

Yagoub, now of Strand Road, Bray, Co Wicklow and previously of an address in Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of exposure and one count of assault over a two-week period in ….read more

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Murder trial hears of search of accused's home

Central Criminal Court

by Eoin Reynolds

A murder trial jury has been told that gardai searched the accused man’s home under warrant and seized a mobile phone and a pair of gloves.

Lorcan Merriman (25) of Lealand Close in Clondalkin has pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Farnan at Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin on April 25 or 26, 2016.

Detective Garda Sharon Duncan told Roisin Lacey SC, prosecuting, she took part in the search of Mr Merriman’s home on 4 May 2016 and found a JD Sports Bag in a small wardrobe in a corner of a box bedroom to the front of the house. ….read more

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Supreme Court dismisses challenge to judge's refusal to recuse himself from retrial

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by a man accused of diesel laundering to overturn a Circuit Court Judge’s refusal to recuse himself from hearing the man’s retrial.

The five-judge court held that there is no binding legal principle requiring recusal after an inconclusive trial in which a trial judge has ruled on contested evidence in a preliminary application.

The five-judge court, comprised of the Chief Justice Mr Justice O’Donnell, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, Mr Justice Peter Charleton, Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley and Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe, unanimously dismissed the appeal.

The man was tried before the Circuit Criminal Court on ….read more

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