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Drunk men caught shoplifting on one of their birthdays get jail term and suspended sentence

A MAN has been given a jail sentence and a second man given a suspended sentence after they were caught shoplifting while they were drunk on one of their birthdays.

John Budgie McDonagh (42) and Owen McDonagh (48) were caught stealing shoes, a leather jacket and tools at TK Max at The Pavilions in Swords on Owen’s birthday.

John Budgie of St Margaret’s Park in Ballymun has been given a six month sentence at Swords District Court after he pleaded guilty to the theft of a leather jacket ….read more

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Junior Doc on call at hospital where one patient allegedly murdered another had worked 77-hours

Central Criminal Court

by Peter Doyle

The junior doctor on call at the hospital where one patient allegedly murdered another in his bed was about to finish a 77-hour shift when the body was discovered, a court was told today.

Ian Harman (50), of Carrickallen, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Michael Treanor at the Psychiatric Unit of Cavan General Hospital, Lisdarn, Co Cavan, on June 27, 2011.

Dr Akindele A Serinmade (referred to in court as Dr Akin) was the psychiatric registrar for Cavan General Hospital over the weekend of 24-27 June, ….read more


Man accused of sex act with underage girl seeks to block trial

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A man charged with engaging in a sexual act with an underage girl has launched a High Court action aimed at stopping his trial from proceeding.

The man claims there is a real risk he cannot get a fair trial because when he claims are essential materials contained in the original investigation file is missing, and cannot be found.

The missing materials includes original witness statements, handwritten memos of the man’s interview by Gardai following his arrest, and video tapes of the interview.

Without these materials, the man’s lawyers claim there are now “fundamental flaws” in the ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Case against man charged with possession of explosives at Finnstown House adjourned

Special Criminal Court

The case against a 55-year-old man charged with the possession of explosives at Finnstown House Hotel in May has been adjourned until the beginning of the next court term.

Samuel Devlin, who is originally from Co Tyrone but has lived in Dublin for a number of years, was charged before the non-jury Special Criminal Court after his arrest by members of the Special Detective Unit.

Mr Devlin, with an address at Golf Suite, Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin is charged with the unlawful possession of the explosive substance Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) at the same address on May 11, 2014.

He is also ….read more

Judge Colin Daly

CFA launches challenge to judge's direction placing child in care of parents

High Court

(Pictured: District Court judge Colin Daly)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Child and Family Agency (CFA) has launched a High Court challenge to a District Court Judge’s decision to direct it to place a child neglected by her mother into the care of the child’s parents.

In late June the agency sought an interim care order in respect of a young girl who has missed more than half of her school days in the last three years. The court heard the CFA had serious concerns about the child and her mother, who suffers from drug addiction. The family involved in the ….read more

justice new

Man attempted to murder his wife with a kettle bell

Central Criminal Court

A 44-year-old Algerian man who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell is to be sentenced later.

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23, 2012.

The court was told that the couple’s marriage broke down after he lost his job and Ms Ouachek had commenced an engineering degree.

Ouachek who was a “devout muslim” “was unhappy about the path she was going on,” the court heard.

The court heard that after he tried to kill ….read more

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