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Court of Criminal Appeal

Garda Sergeant settles case against Commissioner and GSOC

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A Garda Sergeant has settled his High Court challenge against a finding he failed to provide medical treatment for a man in custody who following his release was found unconscious.

The action was brought by Sergeant Denis Palmer, who yesterday had a number of disciplinary sanctions imposed on him quashed by the High Court. The matter is also to be remitted for further consideration by a senior Garda officer.

Following an investigation by the Garda Ombudsman, Sgt Palmer was found guilty by the Garda Commissioner of three breaches of the Garda disciplinary regulations. The alleged breaches arose out of ….read more

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Man wanted in US on international terrorism charges refused stay on extradition hearing

High Court

A man wanted to face international terrorism charges has failed in his bid to postpone the extradition process while he appeals several aspects of his case to the Supreme Court.

In the High Court today Mr Justice John Edwards said he was not persuaded by arguments put forward by lawyers for Ali Charaf Damache (48), to grant a stay on his possible extradition to the United States.

Damache, an Algerian-born Irish citizen who has been living in Ireland for a decade, is wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted ….read more

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Judge queries whether alleged unexplained monies of "largest facilitator of child porn in the world" are the proceeds of crime

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man the FBI has called “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” may yet get legal aid to fight his extradition to the United States after a High Court Judge queried whether any alleged monies he has were “arguably the proceeds of crime”.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central ….read more

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High Court action over historic courthouse

High Court

The High Court will rule next month on an action aimed at having an historic Co Tipperary courthouse re-opened for use by the public.

In proceedings, brought by several solicitors based in Tipperary Town against the Courts Service, the lawyers say the Courts Service has a statutory obligation to properly maintain and make available for use the courthouse in Tipperary Town.

The courthouse has housed sittings of the local district and circuit courts since the early part of the 19th century. However the building, a listed structure located at St Michael Street, was closed in 2010 after it fell into a state ….read more

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Slab Murphy to stand trial on tax offences next year

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court in Dublin has fixed a date next year for the trial of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy on tax offences.

Earlier this month the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by Mr Murphy to the validity of a 2007 certificate of the Director of Public Prosecutions directing his trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court rather than the ordinary courts.

Murphy (64), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

The nine charges allege that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or ….read more

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Man on trial for murder of Sligo pensioner

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a 30-year-old from Sligo accused of murdering a pensioner has heard that an anonymous 999 caller said a man was tied up in a house but investigating gardai went to the wrong address.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the ….read more

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