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Irish Special Criminal Court

Court to rule next week on disclosure of communications between chief prosecution witness and his solicitor

Special Criminal Court

The judges in a Special Criminal Court murder trial will rule on Tuesday whether certain communications between the chief prosecution witness and his solicitor should be disclosed to the defence.

All sides spent Friday debating the issue on the 35th day in the trial of the three men accused of murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly last year.

The court heard that David Cullen had agreed to disclose to the defence documents relating to his communications with his solicitor since June 5th, 2014. The State said that this was not a general waiver to his claim to legal professional privilege over their communications.

However, ….read more

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Shelbourne manager describes noticing damage to Felim Egan painting

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A banqueting manager at the Shelbourne hotel has described how he noticed threads hanging from a painting in one of their function rooms and took a picture of the damage on his phone.

Andrew Shannon (50) of Willians Way, Ongar, Dublin 15 has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to damaging two Felim Egan paintings – ‘Morning Strand’ and ‘Evening Strand’ – at the Shelbourne hotel on January 8th, 2014.

These two paintings were in court today on day four of the trial and were made exhibits.

Mr Shannon has further pleaded not guilty to damaging one Claude Monet painting entitled ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Sexual assault sentence hearing "not sufficiently sensitive" to victim, appeal court finds

Court of Appeal

A Central Criminal Court sentencing hearing was not sufficiently sensitive to a victim of sexual assault, according to the Court of Appeal.

The sentenced man, a former jockey and horse trainer who cannot be identified, pleaded guilty on January 30, 2013 to the offence.

He was given an entirely suspended five year sentence by Mr Justice Barry White at the Central Criminal Court on April 24, 2013. The Director of Public Prosecutions appealed his sentence on grounds that it was unduly lenient.

Refusing the DPP’s application today, President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Seán Ryan said any undue leniency application at ….read more

Ali Damache

Damache lawyers need to know reasons why DPP chose not to prosecute, High Court hears

High Court

Lawyers for a man wanted in the US on terrorism charges have told the High Court that to fight his extradition case they need the reasons why the Director of Public Prosecutions chose not to prosecute him here.

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.

Earlier this month he won an appeal for a judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him in Ireland.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled he was entitled to judicial review of two ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Nine month suspended sentence for man who couldn’t explain why he stole a car

A YOUNG man who stole a car when he abusing substances has told a court he has no explanation as to why he did it.

Adam Erity (21) was given a nine month suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for three years at Balbriggan District Court after he pleaded guilty to the unauthorised taking of a Mazda 323 from outside a house at Chapel Farm in Lusk between October 14th and 15th 2012.

Erity, of Reamont Racecourse in Lusk, claimed he was abusing substances at the time of the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Four year sentence for petrol bomb arson attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who claims he was paid €50 by a traveller who had a grudge against someone to throw a petrol bomb into a house has been sentenced to four years.

The homeowner was in the house with his three year old son and tenday old baby when John Paget set his Renault Megan alight. The vehicle was parked feet away from the house and the court heard the homeowner was a complete innocent.

Paget (37) of Carnlogh Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage by arson on December 12, 2013. He has previous convictions for ….read more

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