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Adrian Hardiman

Man who avoided prison after failing to pay VAT on €1.4m in sales is jailed after successful DPP appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

(Pictured: Presiding appeal court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman)

A PHOTOGRAPHER who avoided a prison term after failing to pay VAT on €1.4m worth of sales from his business was jailed today when a court ruled the original sentence of community service was “unduly lenient”.

In 2010, a jury found freelance photographer Niall Williamson (53) guilty of 85 charges relating to tax offences between 1998 and 2004.

Sentencing Williamson, of the Old Schoolhouse, Dunkitt, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny, to 240 hours’ community service in April 2012, Judge Olive Buttimer said she saw “no point whatsoever” in jailing him and wanted the accused to put ….read more

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Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Man was highly strung and emotional when he kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s house

A MAN who was ‘highly strung and emotional’ when he kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s house has been convicted of breaching a safety order.

Garreth Lokko (23) was fined €100 and paid €20 in compensation for the damage done to the door.

Lokko of Dun Faithne View, Flemington Lane in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to breaching the safety order after he shouted through the front door letter box and kicked in the front door at a house in Hampton Gardens in the ….read more

Irish High Court

Judgement in September for man wanted in connection with NI murder

High Court

A High Court judge will decide later whether to extradite a man wanted for murder in the North.

Francis Lanigan (49) was arrested in January 2013, on foot of an extradition warrant in connection with the murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a hotel car park in Dungannon, Co Tyrone on May 31, 1998.

Mr Lanigan, with an address at Pinebrook, Mulhuddart in Dublin, is fighting his extradition to Northern Ireland.

He claims he faces a “significant risk to his life” if he’s handed over to UK authorities to face prosecution, the court has previously heard.

The court previously heard that ….read more

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Solicitor for man who said he helped dispose of Roma teen's body gives evidence at murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A man who said he helped dispose of Marioara Rostas’s body said he wanted to give a statement against the man charged with murdering her, despite knowing he too could be charged, his solicitor has said.

The solicitor, Bridget Rouse, was today called by the defence, after the prosecution closed its case in the trial of the Dublin man charged with her murder.

Alan Wilson (35) of New Street Gardens has pleaded not guilty to the 18-year-old’s murder at a house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

The Romanian teenager disappeared on the afternoon of January 6th, ….read more

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Gardai destroyed notes of meetings held with main witness

Central Criminal Court

The trial of the Dublin man charged with murdering Marioara Rostas has heard that gardai destroyed notes of meetings held with the main witness.

A garda involved in the Witness Protection Programme (WPP) was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Alan Wilson (35) of New Street Gardens has pleaded not guilty to the 18-year-old’s murder at O’Hanlon’s house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

The Romanian teenager disappeared on the afternoon of January 6th, after her brother saw her getting into a silver, ‘01 LH’ Ford Mondeo in the city centre. Her body was ….read more

Nicholas Kearns

High Court orders winding up of Cork Credit Union

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

(Pictured: Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns)

The Central Bank has secured High Court orders winding up a Munster based Credit Union, which has 3500 members.

On Wednesday the President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns appointed insolvency practitioners Jim Hamilton and David O’Connor OF BDO Ireland as provisional liquidators of Berehaven Credit Union, located in Castletownbere in Co Cork.

Mr Justice Kearns said he was satisfied to appoint the provisional liquidators, after being informed by Paul Gallagher SC for the Central Bank that seeking to have an orderly wind up of Berehaven Credit Union (BCU) was “in the the ….read more

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