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'Deep and dark' cocaine addiction saw man stash submachine gun

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

A father of one who held a submachine gun and 50 rounds of ammunition after he was put under pressure to do so has been given a five-year sentence.

Anthony White (25) had built up a drug debt of €4,500 due to his cocaine addiction. He told gardaí he was in fear of his life and was threatened that his parents’ home would be “smashed up” if he didn’t hold the weapon.

He said he had “a bill hanging over my head” and agreed to take in the package three weeks earlier. White didn’t look into the ….read more

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'Rough shooting' permitted during Level 5 restrictions, State confirms

High Court

A High Court challenge aimed at preventing gun club members from being prosecuted for shooting game during the currency of Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions has been resolved.

As part of the settlement, the State confirmed before Mr Justice Charles Meenan that any person shooting on their own during Level 5 restrictions for the purpose of exercise, within 5km from their home, is not in breach of the restrictions.

The test action was brought against the Garda Commissioner and the State by Mr John Flannery, a farmer of Mill Road, Newtown, Nenagh in Co Tipperary.

In his action Mr Flannery, represented by Mark ….read more

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Woman who killed partner refused permission to spend Christmas with mother

Central Criminal Court

(File Picture: Maura Thornton’s mother Breege Thornton. Credit: Collins)

A woman who stabbed her partner to death during a drunken row has been refused permission to spend Christmas with her mother.

Maura Thornton (38) from Inverin, Connemara, Co Galway was sentenced to ten years imprisonment with the final three suspended in 2013 after she was found guilty of the manslaughter of her former partner Kevin Joyce (59) outside her apartment in Salthill in Galway on July 31, 2011.

The Central Criminal Court previously heard that Thornton was granted early release in February 2018 but has since breached the conditions of her partly ….read more

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Man 'of some standing' appeals conviction for repeatedly raping friend's daughter

Court of Appeal

A man “of some standing” in his community who repeatedly raped his friend’s daughter when she was a child has appealed his conviction.

Lawyers for the man (67), who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, complained to the three-judge Court of Appeal that the trial judge should not have allowed the jury to bring a majority verdict in circumstances where there was evidence they had not “adjudicated” on some of the 32 counts against him.

Michael Bowman SC, for the appellant, also argued that the trial judge should not have allowed the dates of the offences on the indictment to ….read more


Teen who admitted murdering friend to be detained for life with review after 10 years

Central Criminal Court

A teenager who pleaded guilty to murdering his friend who had called him a “rat” has been sentenced to detention for life with a review after ten years.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be named because he is a minor, pleaded guilty in August to the murder of Glen ‘Ossie’ Osborne (20) at Ballybough House, Ballybough, Dublin on April 15 this year. Mr Osborne’s partner Lauren Cray gave birth to their first child two months after his death.

The convicted boy will remain at Oberstown Detention Centre until his 18th birthday, when he will be transferred to an adult prison.

Mr Justice Paul ….read more

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Trial of property magnate Jim Mansfield Jnr adjourned for almost half a year

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Credit: Collins)

The trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr, who is accused of setting up a longtime employee to be taken prisoner by a gang, has been adjourned at the Special Criminal Court for almost six months.

This is the second adjournment in the trial, with the property magnate’s case previously adjourned for several weeks on November 19 after the defence requested time to view newly disclosed CCTV footage.

Last month, Shane Costelloe SC on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), submitted that gardai had only become aware that a significant proportion of CCTV footage ….read more

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