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Man who sexually assaulted teenager at Dublin airport ordered to undergo full psychiatric assessment

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 51-year old man who sexually assaulted a teenager at Dublin Airport after wrestling her to the ground in public has been ordered to undergo a full psychiatric assessment.

The man told gardaí he was having flashbacks to when he worked in the Russian Special Forces in Siberia and believed he was protecting his girlfriend from falling bombs.

Liudas Vaisvilas, with an address at Glenveagh Court, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to sexual assault at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport on April 10, 2014.

Hours after he was released from garda custody following the incident, Vaisvilas was arrested for ….read more

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Man who allowed apartment to be used as a brothel ordered to pay €10,000 to Ruhama

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin road engineer who rented an apartment for use as a brothel to help pay off property loans has been given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay €10,000 to charity.

Thomas Lyons (56) told gardai he had initially rented the apartment so he could live there with his Brazilian girlfriend, who was involved in the escort industry but whom he had met socially.

When they split up he advertised the property for €700 per week on an Irish escort website to help pay mortgages on three properties and to support his wife and children.

Garda Sheila White said Lyons also ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Rapist has “very seriously inadequate” six-year sentence doubled

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has doubled the “very seriously inadequate” six-year sentence imposed on a man who raped one woman and sexually assaulted another within hours of each other.

In October 2011 Christopher Farrell (30) had concurrent sentences totalling six years imposed on him by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan for the rape, oral rape, attempted rape and false imprisonment of one woman and the sexual assault of another on September 16, 2007 at two locations in Co Louth.

Farrell, last of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, had pleaded not guilty to the offences and was convicted by a Central Criminal Court ….read more

Rachel Breen

Dangerous driver to pay €5,000 after leaving toddler with facial scars

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin based occupational therapist who left a toddler with permanent facial scars after she drove dangerously through a busy junction has been given four months to pay €5,000.

Rachel Breen (46), who has also been disqualified from driving for four years, claimed she didn’t see the upcoming junction from what gardaí agreed was a poorly marked and badly surfaced secondary road.

Garda Cliona Mulligan accepted that Breen had been travelling below the 80kph speed limit and was found at the scene administering first aid to the injured toddler.

Breen, of Shenick Avenue, Skerries, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous ….read more

Patrick OBrien

Sentence imposed on Patrick O'Brien for raping his daughter was too lenient, appeal court finds

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Patrick O’Brien (75) Photo: Collins)

The prison sentence imposed on the father of well known abuse victim Fiona Doyle was “unduly lenient” the Court of Appeal has found.

Patrick O’Brien (75) had pleaded guilty to 16 charges of rape and indecent assault at Mackintosh Park, Pottery Road in Dun Laoighaire from 1973 to 1982.

Trial judge Mr Justice Paul Carney had described it as one of the worst cases of abuse one could possibly find.

Mr Justice Carney, taking into account O’Brien’s health problems, sentenced him to 12 years in prison, suspended the final nine and granted him continuing bail pending an appeal. ….read more

Glen Walsh

Bank teller's theft rumbled when he became victim of tiger kidnapping

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Glen Walsh (27) Photo: Collins)

A tiger kidnapping victim whose theft from his employer came to light when the bank shut down because of the robbery has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Glen Walsh (27) stole almost €500,000 from AIB in Crumlin Cross over a period of six months by handing out cash to his co-accused, David Vickery (27) who then used the money to place bets.

The pair would then use the winnings to reimburse the bank but after bets were lost during the 2010 World Cup there was an ultimate shortfall of €40,000.

A third man took over Vickery’s role ….read more

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