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Man who attacked his former partner leaving her permanently disfigured fails in Supreme Court bid

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A man who attacked his former partner leaving her with permanent facial disfigurement has failed to have appeal against his conviction referred to the Supreme Court.

In July 2012 Fergal McNulty (44) was jailed for eight years by Judge Patrick McCartan having been found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of assault causing harm and assault causing serious harm to Una Webb on September 3rd, 2009.

McNulty, with an address at Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 but who is originally from Sligo, had pleaded not guilty to the offences which occurred on St Anne’s Road in Drumcondra.

The trial ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Suspended sentence for financial services worker who told taxi driver "you are going to be one of those f**king ni****s that I kill”

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Declan Brennan & Sonya McLean

A judge has told a Wicklow man who assaulted and racially abused a taxi driver she will jail him if he gets into trouble over the next two and a half years.

Paul Roche (31), a father of one, from Farmdale Court, Wicklow pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Francis Mordi on the N11 at Cabinteely on May 26, 2013.

He has five previous District Court convictions for drunk driving, public order and intoxication in a public place.

Garda John Gormally told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that a dispute arose between Roche ….read more

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Community service for man caught owing €636K in tax and penalties to Revenue

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A businessman who was caught owing €636,000 in undeclared income tax and penalties after routine profiling has been ordered to carry out 220 hours community service.

Taxi driver Michael Gill (57) informed Revenue through a hired tax consultant that he owed €163,649 in undeclared income from a home maintenance business between 2003 and 2008.

When Revenue began its criminal proceedings, it discovered Gill had further undeclared income from a coal delivery business which brought the total tax and penalties to €636,447.

Gill had not told his tax consultant about two bank accounts in which he deposited cheques from customers in his coal delivery ….read more

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Family friend of soldier accused of assaulting gardai tells jury that officers could have “handled the situation a lot better"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The family friend of a soldier accused of assaulting two gardai has told a jury he believes the officers could have “handled the situation a lot better.”

Keith Henry said he had been in the bathroom diffusing an earlier row between the accused, Naoise O’Conarain (22), and his brother when two gardai entered unannounced.

Mr Henry told Mícheál O’Higgins SC, defending, that the gardai should have found out the situation before going “straight for” the accused to pull him out of the bathroom.

Mr O’Conarain has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Gdi Andrew Quinn and Fiachra Molloy causing ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder accused “would be known to drink a lot", trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of man who admits killing a Polish man in Co. Clare last year but denies murdering him, has heard that the accused “would be known to drink a lot.”

Michael Maughan (40) of Stone Court, Ennis has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Piotr Nowakowski (31) at Sandfield Mews, Ennis on July 23, 2013.

Last week the Central Criminal Court was told the manslaughter plea was not acceptable to the prosecution and a jury was sworn in for the murder trial.

The accused has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Declan O’Dea at the same address ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Evidence of surveillance gardai in murder trial not to be published by order of non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

Two surveillance gardaí gave evidence in a murder trial this morning but neither their identities nor their evidence can be published by order of the Special Criminal Court.

Garda C and Garda F were giving evidence in the trial of three men charged with murdering dissident republican Peter Buttlerly.

A panel of three judges in the non-jury court has ordered the public’s exclusion from hearing evidence of eleven gardaí from the National Surveillance Unit. The non-jury court made the order on the basis that future surveillance operations could be affected by the exposure of their physical characteristics in public.

The court has further ….read more

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