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"Largest facilitator of child porn in the world” to seek Supreme Court appeal of decision not to prosecute him here

High Court

Lawyers for an Irishman who is wanted in the US and was described as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” are to apply to appeal to the Supreme Court over the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him here.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, has been in custody since his ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Ruling to allow witnesses give evidence anonymously would be "extraordinary" and "departure from the common law", court told

Special Criminal Court

A prosecution witness in the trial of three men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly, known only as ‘Garda A’ pending legal applications, has already been identified in statements “in error”, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

Mr Evans and ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Man who drank too much after grandmother died and became abusive avoids prison sentence

A MAN who drank too much after his grandmother passed away and was abusive to security staff and gardai outside a Swords pub has avoided a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service work.

Sean Brennan has been ordered to complete 240 hours community service work in lieu of a two month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour outside Wright’s Cafe Bar on the Malahide Road on June 7th.

Brennan (32) of Clonshaugh ….read more


Woman who court heard wants to be allowed die agrees to take food and fluids

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A woman who the High Court was previously told wants to be allowed die has agreed to take nourishment and fluids for the next two weeks.

The Health Services Executive has sought orders allowing it to force feed the woman, who is currently being treated at a psychiatric facility for a number of mental health conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder, caused by her being sexually abused as a child.

The woman, who has barely eaten or taken fluids for some weeks, opposes the HSE’s application. She has refused food and liquids because she is so traumatised by the ….read more


Malahide couple ordered to demolish extension and pay legal costs

District Courts

A MALAHIDE couple have been ordered to demolish an extension they built without planning permission.

Mark and Kathleen Mohun were fined €500 and have also been ordered to pay costs of €2,000 to Fingal County Council.

Fingal County Council took the case against Mr and Mrs Mohun after they failed to comply with an enforcement notice from April 2013 to remove the unauthorised structure within one month.

Mr and Mrs Mohun of Estuary Road in Malahide constructed the 14.9 square metre extension without planning permission.

However, they made a retention application in June 2013, which was subsequently refused by Fingal County Council and they ….read more

Carol Hawkins

PA who stole €2.8 million from U2 star must await appeal fate

Court of Criminal Appeal

Adam Clayton’s former personal assistant must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against her conviction and seven year sentence for theft from the U2 bass guitarist.

Carol Hawkins (51), originally from North London but with a last address at Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin was jailed in 2012 on 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton’s Bank of Ireland accounts over a four year period from 2004 to 2008. The thefts totalled €2,869,274.

The trial court heard that Ms Hawkins used the money to purchase and maintain 22 thoroughbred racehorses, a €310,000 New York apartment, holidays, education for her ….read more

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