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Businessmen accused of alleged will forgery are acquitted

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr William O’Leary (51). Photo: Collins)

By Aaron Rogan

Two Wexford businessmen accused of forging a will have been acquitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Noel Hayes (61) and William O’Leary (51) from New Ross, Co Wexford pleaded not guilty to forging the will of Matthew Hayes on a date between December 1998 and January 1999.

The jury of eight men and four women returned the not guilty verdict to Judge Patricia Ryan after nearly two and a half hours deliberation. It was day-nine of the trial.

The prosecution’s main witness Charlie O’Leary previously pleaded guilty and received an 18 month suspended ….read more

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Bray fire insurance dispute comes before High Court

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A dispute over the alleged failure by insurers to pay out approximately €1.6m on a policy of a premises in Bray Co Wicklow that went on fire is to be fast tracked by the Commercial Court.

The action has been brought by Veema Ltd, The Drive Cypress Downs Dublin 6w, which owns the Everest Centre, Castle Street, Bray Co Wicklow, against Great Lakes Reinsurance UK plc, of Fenchurch London, and insurance broker The Underwriting Exchange Ltd, Tower Street London.

Veema says it has suffered a serious loss as a result of the insurances firm’s alleged failure to pay out. The ….read more

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One-and-a-half years in jail for drunk driver who caused death of friend

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Conlon

An Armagh man whose friend was killed when the van he was driving crashed was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit and was driving at up to 140 km/h, a court has heard.

Jonathan Crilly (29) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Martin Rooney, also from Armagh, at Rathbeale Road, Swords on April 24, 2013. Rooney was 42 at the time of his death and had a partner and two children.

Judge Patrick McCartan jailed Crilly, of Navan Court, County Armagh, for three years and suspended ….read more

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Man who called garda "Free State c***", assaulted him and “took a hold” of his pistol loses appeal bid

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Pat Barry (57). Photo: Collins)

A man arrested at a Republican Sinn Féin commemoration who went on to assault a detective garda and “took a hold” of his pistol has lost an appeal against conviction.

Pat Barry (57) of St Bridget’s Terrace, Bundoran, Co Donegal, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Detective Garda Rory Sheriff in Naas Garda Station and to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Sallins, Co Kildare on June 13, 2010.

He was found guilty by a jury at Naas Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final six months suspended ….read more

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Bank seeks €2.8m judgement against Kildare couple

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Bank of Ireland is seeking judgment for €2.8m against a couple over their alleged failure to repay loans advanced to them.

Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank has brought proceedings against Kieran Carew and his wife Pauline Harty of the The Village, Newbridge Co Kildare arising out of their alleged failure to repay monies advanced to them in two loans, both drawn down in late 2006.

The case was entered into the fast-track Commercial Court list today by Mr Justice Brian McGovern on the application of Robert Beatty Bl for the bank. The court heard the respondents claim they have a ….read more

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Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Young chef who had over €1,000 worth of drugs may escape a conviction if he makes a charitable donation

A YOUNG chef who was caught with over €1,000 worth of drugs and a weighing scales in his home may escape a conviction if he comes up with a charitable donation and stays clean of drugs.

Judge Dermot Dempsey has given Keith McNamara (22) six months to come up with €500 for charity and to provide drug-free urine analysis if he wants to escape a conviction.

McNamara, of Boroimhe Beech in Swords, Co Dublin had pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to being in ….read more

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