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Sandra Higgins

Child minder pleads not guilty to charge of causing serious harm to 10-month-old baby

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Sandra Higgins. Photo: Collins)

A registered child-minder has gone on trial charged with causing serious harm to a ten-month-old baby.

On the first day of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the infant’s mother testified that her daughter was fine on the morning of March 28, 2012 when she dropped her to the home of Sandra Higgins (34).

Ms Higgins of The Beeches, Drumgola Wood, Cavan town, County Cavan has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the baby at her home on March 28, 2012.

At around 4.30pm that day Ms Higgins brought the infant to ….read more


Restaurateur jailed for importing cannabis appeals against conviction

Court of Appeal

A restaurateur jailed for importing cannabis worth €79,000 has moved to appeal his conviction in the Court of Appeal.

Patrick Scanlon (55), from West Limerick but with an address on the Channel Island of Jersey, had pleaded not guilty at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court to the possession and importation of cannabis worth €79,000 from Spain to a house in Pallaskenry, Co Limerick on August 8, 2013.

He was found guilty by a jury following a three week trial and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by Mr Justice Carroll Moran on May 21 2014.

Scanlon moved to appeal his conviction today on grounds that ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Ringleader in attack where student was told to withdraw money or his girlfriend would be raped by two accomplices wins sentence appeal

Court of Appeal

The ringleader behind an “appalling” attack in which a student was “frog marched” to an ATM machine and told to withdraw money or his girlfriend would be raped by two accomplices, has won an appeal against sentence.

The 20-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, robbery and false imprisonment at Botanic Avenue, Dublin 9 on April 27 2011.

He was sentenced to six years detention by Judge Martin Nolan on March 29 2012.

The Court of Appeal heard today that the victims were a young woman and her civil-engineering-student boyfriend who had broken up as a ….read more

Aoife Maguire

Potential "conflict of interest" in internal Anglo investigation, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Ms Aoife Maguire. Photo: Collins)

There were “potential conflicts of interest” in the fraud officer of Anglo Irish Bank investigating the concealment of certain accounts relating to an alleged tax evasion scheme, the trial of three former bank officials has heard.

Day two of the trial heard from Anglo’s former Head of Group Internal Audit, Walter Tyrell, who told the jury that he was asked to look into the issue of loans taken out by the bank’s directors, including former chairman Sean FitzPatrick, after the resignation of Mr FitzPatrick in 2008.

Mr Tyrell said he was also asked to look into ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man who harassed couple sacrifices reduced prison term by cursing at judge

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who harassed a couple for almost six months has sacrificed a reduced prison term by cursing at the judge and his lawyers while being sentenced.

George Murray (46), who suffers from a chronic mental illness, harassed the couple because he believed murderers were living in their home. He has been jailed for three and half years.

Murray called to the home of Gareth Sexton and Nora Artola a number of times ranting that he was going to kill and destroy the occupants of the house. On other occasions he screamed that he was going to kill the devil and take ….read more

Bernard Daly

Three former Anglo officials go on trial accused of hiding accounts linked to former chairman in alleged tax evasion scheme

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Former Anglo Company Secretary Mr Bernard Daly. Photo: Collins)

Three former Anglo Irish Bank officials have gone on trial accused of hiding accounts connected to former Chairman Sean FitzPatrick in an alleged tax evasion scheme.

Former Anglo company secretary, Bernard Daly (65) of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin, former Chief Operations Officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney (54) of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow and Aoife Maguire (60) of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin have pleaded not guilty to seven alleged offences committed in 2003 and 2004.

During the trial opening today, the prosecution told the jury that the case revolves around non-resident ….read more

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