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Former youth cycling champion jailed for cocaine possession

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former national cycling champion has been jailed at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for possession of cocaine.

Jonathan Byrne (33) told the court that he was his own best customer because of a “huge addiction” to the drug.

Byrne of Cloonmore Grove, Tallaght, Dublin 24, pleaded guilty to possession of the drug for sale or supply at Belgard Heights, Tallaght on October 31, 2013.

Judge Melanie Greally said Byrne was caught red handed. She suspended the last 18 months of a two year sentence on condition he remains drug free and keeps the peace for two years.

During a search of his rented accommodation ….read more


High Court rules Victory Christian Fellowship trustees must disclose details of income and assets

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has ruled that the trustees of the Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF) must must disclose details of their income and assets to Bank of Scotland arising from a €18.7m judgment obtained against them.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly also ruled trustees of the VCF must also provide BOS with details of how it is funding ongoing litigation against it and two receivers it appointed over three properties owned by the church.

Bank of Scotland and receivers it appointed over certain properties of the VCF sought various orders, including one compelling the trustees to provide a statement of their current ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Chronic addict gets seven-year sentence for string of offences committed while on temporary release from prison

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A chronic drug addict who carried out a string of offences while on temporary release from prison has received a seven year sentence with one suspended.

Owen Comerford (27) of Sean O’Casey Avenue, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to multiple theft and robbery offences committed between April 2, 2012 and January 9, 2013.

“He was making the most of his time out,” said Judge Mary Ellen Ring, on hearing evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Comerford told investigating gardaí he couldn’t remember some of the incidents as his head was “off the wall.” He said that he robbed out of desperation to feed his ….read more

Karl Donohoe

Dublin man jailed for ten years for killing man with a hurley in road-rage incident must await appeal fate

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man who was given a ten year jail term for killing a father-of-three by savagely beating him with a hurley stick in a road-rage incident must wait to hear the outcome of his appeal against sentence.

Karl Donohoe (33), of Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrellstown, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of British national Raymond Bates (49) at the junction of Tritonville Road and Sandymount Road on September 30th, 2010.

Imposing sentence in April 2012, Mr Justice Paul Carney said the “savagery” of the beating administered by Donohoe and the fact that he had appointed himself “sheriff and enforcer” in response ….read more


Consultant's High Court action against Beacon Hospital resolved

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A consultant doctor has resolved his High Court action against the private Beacon Hospital which he alleged had unlawfully terminating his contract of employment.

Last week emergency medicine consultant Dr Oisin Powell secured a number of temporary injunctions against Beacon Hospital Sandyford Limited, including one preventing anyone else being appointed the position he worked since 2010.

Dr Powell believed his contract was terminated because he he got into a dispute with hospital over his hours being reduced.

The order also restrained the hospital making any announcement Dr Powell’s employment at the hospital has been terminated or that he is unfit ….read more

Judge Martin Nolan

Former accountant who failed to pay Revenue €344,000 avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Judge Martin Nolan: “It would be unjust to impose a custodial sentence in this case.” Photo: Collins)

A former accountant who failed to pay €344,000 to Revenue over the course of a decade has avoided jail for failing to make proper tax returns.

Kevin Tucker (52) dealt with the tax affairs of his clients before giving up his accountancy license after being charged by the Revenue.

His defence counsel said that Tucker always ensured the tax affairs of others were in order instead of addressing his own. He commented that the saying “the man who lives closest to the church is always ….read more

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