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State fails in appeal against 4.5-year sentence for two 'life changing' attacks

Court of Appeal

The State has failed in their appeal to have a man’s jail sentence increased for two “grave” and “life-changing” assaults on a pensioner and a “good Samaritan” in Galway city centre six years ago.

The two assaults occurred within minutes of each other in June 2016 when David Bannerton assaulted a 70-year-old man and then an intervening passer-by, who received a fractured skull when trying to break up an altercation between the defendant and his then partner.

Bannerton (47) was jailed for six years with a further 18 months suspended by Judge Rory McCabe at Galway Circuit Criminal Court in January 2021.

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State in 'fundamental breach' of obligations on nitrate use, An Taisce claims

High Court

An Taisce claims that the State is in breach of its “fundamental obligations under EU law” and has launched a High Court action aimed at overturning the programme that regulates the level of nitrates that can be used as fertiliser in agricultural practise.

The environment trust also wants the court to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union to determine the validity of a decision to grant Ireland a derogation from standard EU limits on nitrate use.

The action arises out of the State’s approval of a plan known as the Fifth Nitrates Action Programme (NAP).

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Man threatened to throw ex off balcony in 'humiliating' attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A man who subjected his ex-partner to a “humiliating” assault, during which he threatened to throw her off her own balcony, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Chad Redmond (29) of Belclare Park, Ballymun, Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and criminal damage at Hampton Wood Drive, Finglas on February 16, 2020.

Sentencing Redmond at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Martin Nolan said Redmond had treated his former partner in a “humiliating way” and subjected her to a “serious assault”.

The couple have a young child and their eight-year relationship ended before this incident took place. The ….read more

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Knife-wielding ex attacked partner and teenager in their own home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A knife-wielding offender who “severely traumatised” his former partner and her teenage daughter during an attack in their home has been jailed for 32 months.

The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing harm on November 23, 2021.

During sentencing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, Judge Elma Sheahan said the man had “severely traumatised” the victims in their home, which should be a “place of refuge”.

She sentenced the defendant to three years and two months imprisonment on both counts, with the final six months ….read more

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Boy (13) committed violent muggings to feed €1k per day drug habit, court told

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 13-year-old boy with a €1,000 per day drug addiction was part of a gang who violently mugged a group of teenagers, a Dublin court has heard.

The now 16-year-old, who is currently on remand in Oberstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm, production of a bicycle pump during the course of an assault, two robberies and two attempted robberies on October 20, 2019.

He has 24 previous convictions for offences including burglary and robbery which he carried out to feed a drug addiction that began when he was 12 years old. He was sentenced today ….read more

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Dublin Bus driver who's special arrangement 'ruffled feathers' loses discrimination claim

Inquiry

A bus driver has lost a discrimination claim over Dublin Bus’s move to end an arrangement that saw him working day shifts only to accommodate his sleep apnoea – upsetting a strict “pecking order” among its drivers.

Karl Griffin brought a complaint under the Employment Equality Act against Bus Átha Cliath alleging discrimination on the grounds of disability.

He claimed he was denied reasonable accommodation for his conditions, which affected his sleep, when he was taken off day shifts after Dublin Bus lost the State contract to run the number 17A bus route on Dublin’s northside.

Mr Griffin was on sick leave between ….read more

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