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Kieran Greene

'House of Horrors' murderer Greene fails in appeal against conviction

Court of Appeal

A man who beat his partner’s mother to death and chopped up and scattered her body around the Dublin and Wicklow mountains has failed in an appeal against his murder conviction.

His lawyers had argued that he may have been subjected to a “slow burn provocation” similar to that suffered by victims of domestic abuse, the Court of Appeal heard.

Kieran Greene’s lawyers had argued that the jury at his trial should have been allowed to consider that Patricia O’Connor provoked Greene (37) into killing her by assaulting him and threatening his children following years of difficulties between the pair.

Mrs O’Connor’s siblings, ….read more

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Solicitor jailed for stealing over €200k from clients

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former solicitor who stole over over €200,000 from four families who were his clients has been jailed for 18 months.

David Doyle (68) with an address at Castletown Cross, Claremorris, Co Mayo pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to nine charges of stealing cash totalling €218,579 on dates between December 2008 and November 2016.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Martin Nolan said that Doyle had stolen from his clients to clear his own debts and had sought to disguise the thefts by transferring funds from one account to another.

The offence is a form of book-keeping fraud known as “teeming and lading,” ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man avoids jail for transporting €200k in heroin over 14 years ago

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A man who helped to transport €200,000 in heroin over 14 years ago has walked from court after being handed a suspended sentence.

Bernard Nugent (56) with an address at Castletymon Court, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drugs for sale or supply on April 19, 2008.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told today that the case was delayed due to fitness to plead issues.

Detective Garda John Donnehy told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that on the day in question, a garda surveillance operation was tracking a car travelling from Munster towards Dublin.

The car and its three occupants ….read more

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'Truly despicable': man killed 12-week old puppy in front of children

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Claire Henry

A judge has condemned the “truly despicable” actions of a man who assaulted his wife and killed their 12-week-old puppy in front of his young children.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Michael Connors (27) of Lambda Apartments, Monkstown Farm, Dublin, arrived home on April 9, 2020, after having been out drinking.

He brought the family’s new 12-week-old puppy for a walk and, on returning home, put the puppy into a cold bath of water. The puppy was distressed and Connors’s wife pleaded with him to stop.

The court heard that Connors then picked up the puppy and threw the puppy ….read more

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Man who took delivery of €500k in drugs over €300 debt is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man with no previous convictions who agreed to take delivery of over €500k in ketamine disguised as Lego because he couldn’t afford to pay a €300 drug debt has been jailed for five years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Gary Cosgrave (28) became involved in the offence after he had run up a €300 cannabis debt he was unable to pay and was afraid for himself and his family.

Cosgrave of Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at his home on November 10, 2020. He has no previous convictions.

Garda Donal ….read more


Family with profoundly disabled child bid to halt financial fund from selling their home

High Court

A family whose members include a severely mentally and physically disabled child have launched High Court proceedings aimed at preventing a receiver appointed by a financial fund from selling their home.

The action has been brought by Joseph and his wife Ann McDonald against Everyday Finance and chartered accountant Mr Ned Murphy, whom the fund appointed as receiver over lands at Lakelands, Roundwood, Co Wicklow.

The McDonalds claim that the receiver’s appointment last July has caused “significant stress” to their family and in High Court proceedings allege that the receiver’s appointment is “an abuse of process”.

The court heard that the lands were ….read more

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