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Valentin Ticu

Dublin bus driver awarded €49,000 after judge finds he was assaulted and wrongfully arrested by "out of control" garda

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Valentin Ticu)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A driver with Dublin Bus has been awarded €49,000 damages after a High Court judge found he was assaulted and wrongfully arrested by a garda who “lost his temper.”

The award was made in favour of Valentin Ticu (38), of Palmerstown Drive, Dublin, who claimed he was forcibly removed from the bus he was driving, arrested, placed in handcuffs and pushed against a patrol car by Garda David Maguire in an incident that occurred after 11pm on October 4th 2011 at the junction of Kimmage Road and Sundrive Road in Dublin.

Arising out of the incident Mr ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man convicted of sexual assault and false imprisonment of his sister-in-law to be sentenced next year

Central Criminal Court

by Declan Brennan and Jessica Magee

A 55-year-old man has been convicted of sexually assaulting and falsely imprisoning his sister-in-law but acquitted of orally raping her.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to a total of six counts, including two of rape, and charges of assault causing harm, sexual assault and false imprisonment at locations in Co. Kerry and Co. Limerick on January 20, 2011.

On the day eleven of the trial and following almost five hours’ deliberation, a jury at the Central Criminal Court returned a majority verdict of not guilty to the outstanding charge ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Robber found in toilet of train after "manhunt" has sentenced reduced

Court of Criminal Appeal

A convicted robber who was found following a “manhunt” in the toilet of a train in Thurles has had his seven year prison sentence reduced to five by the Court of Appeal.

Andrew Hoare (27), of Monakeeba, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had pleaded guilty to robbery at a shop in the town on September 2, 2012.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Thomas Teehan at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court on April 11 2013.

Hoare successfully appealed his sentence today in the Court of Appeal and must now serve a term of five years imprisonment.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice ….read more

Ali Damache

Applying Irish Constitution to US processes would not be useful, Damache extradition hearing told

High Court

by Darren Hassett

The High Court extradition hearing of a man wanted in the US on terrorism charges has been told that applying the Irish Constitution would be ‘unuseful’ in this case.

Ali Charaf Damache (49), an Algerian-born Irish citizen, previously with an address in Waterford, is wanted by the US authorities in connection with an alleged conspiracy to provide support to terrorists.

Counsel for the State, Remy Farrell SC, today told the court that submissions by Damache’s counsel assert that the United States criminal justice system would not pass Irish constitutionality.

The court heard that the international extradition agreement presupposes a very substantial ….read more

Mary Ellen Ring

Court of Appeal overturns dismissal of €1 million heroin charge against Dublin man

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Judge Mary Ellen Ring)

Charges of possessing more than €1m worth of heroin will proceed against a Dublin man despite being dismissed last year over the legality of a search warrant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Stephen Reddington (31), with an address on Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with possession for sale or supply of heroin worth more than €1m at his home on November 11 2011.

The charges against Mr Reddington were dismissed last year after Judge Mary Ellen Ring ruled that a search warrant granted for the accused man’s home was not legal.

The Director of Public Prosecutions successfully appealed ….read more

justice new

Pair jailed for their roles in robbery and stabbing of bus passenger and attack on taxi driver

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

Two men have been jailed for their roles in a number of violent crimes including stabbing a bus passenger during a robbery and attacking a taxi driver while taking his vehicle.

The court heard that Dylan Smith (22) and Daniel Malone (20) viciously attacked the taxi driver before they tied him up and dumped him head first into a ditch.

The victim managed to free himself and was later treated for a skull and multiple facial fractures.

The following month they forced a passenger off a bus after Smith stabbed him in the thigh and robbed his phone ….read more

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