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Prosecutors appeal ruling of non-jury court on arrest of IRA suspects

Court of Appeal

Prosecutors have appealed a Special Criminal Court ruling on the arrest of persons suspected of IRA membership.

Kevin Braney (40), of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, had been among a number of men charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on March 29th, 2013.

During his trial at the three-judge Special Criminal Court, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said the arrest of Mr Braney and a number of his co-accused was not lawful because they had previously been arrested for IRA membership and should not have been rearrested for the same ….read more

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Kildare man successfully appeals assault sentence on grounds that judge “rejected" evidence of excessive self defence

Court of Appeal

An aspiring soldier whose hopes of an army career were lost when he assaulted a Filipino national on a night out in Newbridge, has successfully appealed his sentence on grounds that the judge “rejected the evidence of excessive self defence”.

Stephen Lyons (23), of Morristown Estate, Newbridge, Co Kildare, had pleaded not guilty at Naas Crcuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to a man at Strandhouse Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare on October 31 2010.

He was found guilty and sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended by Judge Michael O’Shea on June 30 2014.

Lyons successfully appealed his ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Care Assistant convicted of sexually assaulting patient at Dublin hospital

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Declan Conlon

A man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while working as a care assistant at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin.

Folajimmy Awode (31) of Ballinteer House, Tyrellstown, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a female patient at the Mater Private Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 in November 2013.

The woman, who cannot be identified, said that she was awoken by a rubbing sensation on her breast. On opening her eyes saw Awode lifting his hand from her body.

She denied a suggestion by defence counsel that she later told a nurse that ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Four-year sentence for Polish man who sexually assaulted woman in street attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Polish man who sexually assaulted a woman in a street attack a few months after he arrived Ireland has received a four year sentence with the final two suspended.

The woman had been on the phone to a friend when she became aware of Mieczyslaw Sudol (42) following her as she walked home after a night out.

Sudol snatched the woman’s phone when she told him she was speaking to her boyfriend and grabbed her throat, before pulling up her dress to sexually assault her. He ran off with her phone when her screams alerted people in nearby houses.

The father-of-two, with ….read more


"Devoted family man" jailed for transporting cannabis

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A hard working and devoted family man has been jailed after he agreed to transport over €220,000 worth of drugs in order to pay a debt to a criminal.

Mark Donnelly (45) of Carrickaslane, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan told gardai he had come under threat from a man he owed money to. He said this man “had an army behind”.

Donnelly, also of Aghanore Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of 37 kg of cannabis resin on the M1 in north Dublin on February 13, 2014. The drugs have a estimated street value of €221,400.

Judge Martin ….read more

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Trial of three former Anglo officials due to begin this afternoon

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Conor Gallagher and Sonya McLean

The trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank officials accused of deceiving the Revenue and hiding or destroying bank records is due to begin this afternoon.

Aoife Maguire (60) of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin, Bernard Daly (65) of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin and Tiarnan O’Mahoney (54) of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, are facing charges relating to offences allegedly committed in 2003 and 2004. They have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

All three are accused of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify documents relating to a named account.

Mr Daly and Mr O’Mahoney ….read more

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