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Men who kidnapped addict and subjected him to "degrading and sadistic attack" have sentences reduced on appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Peter Doyle

TWO men who kidnapped an addict and subjected him to a “degrading and sadistic attack” have had their sentences reduced on appeal.

Aurelius Zrielskies’s and Gintautas Bagdonas’s victim was so badly beaten that he almost had to have his arms amputated.

An investigative garda told the original trial that it was “the most horrendous assault” he had seen in his 28 years on the force.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Inspector Michael Coppinger said. “I’ve never seen this type of violence visited on another human.”

But the Criminal Court of Appeal (CCA) ruled today that a trial judge “fell into error” ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

"Crime tourists" who carried out armed robbery on jewellery shop have jail time reduced on appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Peter Doyle

THREE “crime tourists” who travelled to Ireland from Lithuania to carry out an armed robbery on a jewellery shop have had the time they must serve in prison reduced.

Edgaras Jurosiuniuys (24), Liutauras Meskauskas (27) and Andrius Bareikis (33) were carrying lump hammers, pepper spray, and imitation hand guns when they burst into Bramleys jewellers in Carlow town.

And Jurosiuniuys sprayed the pepper gas into the face of owner Pat Bramley who confronted the gang during the raid in April 2012.

The three men took rings and bracelets worth around €20,000 before they fled the scene in a Fiat Punto.

But ….read more

Pauraig Kane

Revenue asks court to jail car dealer

High Court

By Aodhan O’Faolain

The Revenue Commissioner have asked the High Court to lift the suspension on a six month prison sentence for being in contempt of court imposed on a Co Longford car dealer who owes €5.2m in unpaid taxes.

In 2012 Mr Justice Sean Ryan imposed the sentence on Pauraig Kane, formerly one of the operators of Kane Motors of Granard, Co. Longford, following an application by the Revenue to jail him for contempt of court orders granted in May 2009.

The Revenue claimed he was part of an elaborate hoax whereby vehicles continued to be sold from the Kane’s yard using ….read more

The Special criminal court

Appeal court gives views on prosecution’s obligations at sentencing

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has given its views on the assistance a judge is entitled to receive and the obligations of prosecution counsel at sentencing in the light of concerns raised by the Director of Public Prosecutions following three “highly significant” judgements returned in March.

As part of a supplementary written judgement, the appeal court today said it was of the view that prosecuting counsel in sentencing hearings are obliged to bring a judge’s attention to sentencing guidance beyond that given by the appeal court itself.

The appeal court said it was of the view that this extends to bringing a ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Gang who forced man to hand over almost €60k have sentences reduced on appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Peter Doyle

AN extortion gang who were jailed for a total of 26 years after they forced a father-of-four to hand over almost €60,000 in cash have had their sentences cut.

Gerard Stokes (33), David McDonagh (35), and James McDonagh (47) were jailed after they forced Niall Hearty to hand over €57,000 on two separate occasions in Dundalk, Co Louth, during July 2009.

A jury of nine women and three men took less than an hour to convict the trio on two counts each of demanding money with menaces following a four-day trial at Dundalk Circuit Court in July 2012.

Stokes was later ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Extension of time granted for service of Book of Evidence in case of three men accused of serious assaults and endangering a garda in Balbriggan

AN EXTENSION of time has been granted for the preparation of a book of evidence in the case of three men accused of serious assaults and endangering a garda in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Eoin Maguire (29), Cornelius Price (32) and Edward Price (24) all appeared before Judge Dermot Dempsey at Balbriggan District Court charged in relation to a number of offences which are alleged to have taken place in the town last December.

Sergeant Tony Tighe informed the ….read more

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