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Irish Special Criminal Court

Trial of IRA accused continues hearing evidence in voir dire

Special Criminal Court

The trial of seven Dublin men accused of IRA membership has continued hearing evidence in a trial within a trial to determine the admissibility of evidence relating to a search warrant and the arrest of the accused at the house in Tallaght.

On Wednesday the court heard that Gardai found two packages containing tightly folded paper wrapped in clingfilm that were allegedly communications from prisoners in Portlaoise Prison on a coffee table
in a front room where the seven men were gathered.

At the opening of the trial on Wednesday, Ms Tara Burns SC said it was the prosecution case that the seven ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Aspiring British DJ and former Ibiza chauffeur jailed over €196k cannabis possession

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An aspiring DJ and former chauffeur to “top end tourists” in Ibiza has been jailed for four years for possessing over €196,000 of cannabis at Dublin Airport.

British national Michael Coughlan (29) took responsibility for the drugs on arrest, saying: “Well I’m caught red-handed with all that weed.”

Coughlan, of Chester Road, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, affirmed signed guilty pleas at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of possessing 9.8kg of cannabis worth €196,554 at Dublin Airport on January 22, 2015. He has no previous convictions.

Garda Mark McDaid told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that customs officials discovered the drugs when they x-rayed Coughlan’s luggage shortly ….read more

Bianca Maria Birtas

Bride-to-be stole €15,000 of money set for destruction because she was worried about paying for her wedding, court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Bianca Maria Birtas. Photo: Collins)

A bride-to-be has received a suspended sentence for stealing over €15,000 of money set for destruction at the Central Bank because she worried about paying for her wedding.

CCTV showed former cash handler Bianca Maria Birtas (25) stuffing money up her sleeves as she counted notes into bundles, following an internal investigation at G4S services.

Birtas, of Monksfield Walk, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing €9,520 from G4S Cash Services Ireland Ltd, Herberton Road, Rialto on September 18, 2014.

The Romanian national pleaded guilty to stealing a further €6,010 from the firm on ….read more

justice new

Dublin grandfather jailed for eight years over €500k cannabis haul

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin grandfather has been jailed for eight years for his involvement in a €528,000 cannabis operation dating back to 2008.

John Wilson (56) took a bench warrant on his trial date in 2011, but was rearrested in England earlier this year for the cannabis offence.

Detective Sergeant Emmet Casserly revealed that Wilson had just been released from a five year sentence in the UK for conspiring to supply cannabis when he was brought back to Dublin.

Wilson, of Oliver Bond Street, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 88kg of cannabis at Forrest Little Road, Swords on August 8, 2008.

His ….read more

Outside Stock

Suspended sentence for man with significant mental disabilities who tried to hijack car

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man with significant mental disabilities who tried to hijack a woman’s car has been given a two year suspended sentence after he was found unsuitable for community service.

Daniel Byrne (21) is in the bottom one per percentile of mental abilities and left a special needs school at 14 years old.

His defence counsel Anne Marie Lawlor BL said he was “someone with very specific needs”.

She said he “isn’t someone who has won the genetic lottery” but agreed with Judge Martin Nolan that he knows the difference between right and wrong.

Byrne of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Romanian man who assaulted shop worker in unprovoked racist attack given 6 months to come up with €3,000

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who head-butted and bit a shop employee during an unprovoked racist attack in Dublin city centre has been given six months to gather €3,000 for the victim as a token of his remorse.

Romanian national Ionut Potop (26) pleaded guilty to assaulting Pakistani national Tariq Mohammed causing him harm at the Londis shop on Westmoreland Street on June 4, 2014.

Potop, with an address at Meadow Way, Hartstown, Dublin was remanded on continuing bail at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in order to allow him time to earn compensation money.

The court heard that Potop twice shouted “F**k off, you Paki bastard,” ….read more

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