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Brazilian who tried to smuggle cocaine hidden in her vagina is jailed for four years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Brazilian woman who tried to smuggle €64,000 worth of cocaine into the country by pretending to be a student has been jailed for four years.

Christiane Moringa Fortis (28) presented forged documentation from an Irish college when she was stopped at Dublin Airport by immigration officials. She later admitted she had 79 pellets hidden in her vagina as well as in her bra and in sanitary towels in her luggage.

She said she had been promised €3,500 for transporting the drugs which she said she was going to use to pay legal fees to get back custody of her child.

Judge Patrick ….read more

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Trial of 70-year-old man accused of raping teenage boy collapses

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a Clare man accused of raping and sexually abusing a teenage boy who he used to give money to has collapsed following a legal issue.

The 70-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to three counts of anal rape and two counts of sexual assault of the youth at various locations in the county between 1999 and 2000.

The jury at the Central Criminal Court was told during the opening prosecution speech that the man admitted to gardaí that he touched the then 14 year old’s penis on one occasion but claimed that ….read more

Edward McDonagh

Community service for father-of-six who stole €44K through social welfare fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin father of six who used two false names to steal over €44,000 through social welfare fraud has been ordered to carry out work in the community.

Edward McDonagh (35), of Kishogue Park, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 15 sample charges of theft of property of the Health Service Executive and Department of Social Welfare, on dates between August 2009 and April 2011. He has three previous convictions.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring had adjourned sentencing after hearing evidence last October and ordered a report from the Probation Service.

She took into accounts efforts McDonagh has made, “albeit at ….read more

Cathal Murtagh

Louth man caught with €3.5 million in drugs must await sentence fate

Court of Appeal

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A Louth man who was caught with €3.5 million worth of ecstasy and cannabis must wait until the New Year to find out if his five-year sentence will be increased.

Cathal Murtagh (31) was caught with the drugs in a warehouse during an investigation into smuggled cigarettes. He said he was being paid €50 a day to move the boxes of tablets and cannabis herb.

Murtagh, with a last address at Glenmore Park, Muirhevanmore, Dundalk, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at a warehouse unit on the Malahide Road on April ….read more

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Jail for Dublin man who attacked another with Stanley knife

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man has been jailed for attacking another man with a Stanley knife after he found the victim in his partner’s apartment and told him “I know what you’re at”.

David Brady (34) left Kevin Duggan with permanent scarring to his face.

Mr Duggan told gardai that he had gone to the woman’s apartment because he was trying to get in touch with his own partner at the time, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Brady, of Ballinteer Drive, Dundrum, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Duggan at The Belfry, Belamine Estate, Stepaside, Dublin on March 8, 2013. He has ….read more

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Four-year sentence for man who set fire to apartment "for the buzz"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who set fire to an apartment complex in his hometown “for the buzz”, causing €115,000 worth of damage, has been sentenced to four years in prison, with the final 16 months suspended.

Joseph Lawrence claimed he was drinking alcohol and taking cocaine at the time and admitted he lit the fire on purpose.

Lawrence (21), of Gardiner’s Hill in Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to committing arson at McNeil Hall apartment complex also in Balbriggan on April 9, 2012.

Detective Garda Ciara Geraghty told prosecuting counsel James Dwyer BL, that gardaí and fire crews were contacted after ….read more

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