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Lithuanian men jailed for extortion and making threats to kill

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two men who were found guilty of threatening to kill and extort money from a Monaghan-based fitter have each been sentenced to four years in prison with the final two years suspended.

Deividas Sutkevicius (29) of Fox Lodge, Ratoath, Co Meath and Arturas Jankus (52) of Cortolvin View, Monaghan have also been ordered to stay away from the injured party, Marius Zukauskis and his family for 20 years.

The men had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to demanding €3,500 with menaces and €2,500 with menaces in Monaghan on March 4 and April 4, 2011.

The men, who are from Lithuania, ….read more

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Getaway driver for failed robbery sentenced to seven years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A getaway driver for a failed cash van robbery has been sentenced to seven years after the court heard he had been disqualified from driving eleven times before the incident.

Judge Patrick McCartan asked the arresting garda if Paul Norton (26) was a regular “wheelman” or getaway driver, noting that he has 71 previous convictions for road traffic matters and two for robbery and attempted robbery.

The judge also noted that several of Norton’s convictions were for having false number plates on his vehicle. “A very serious picture emerges from his record,” the judge said.

The garda told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Graham Dwyer trial adjourned as juror unable to attend

Central Criminal Court

The trial of the architect charged with murdering Elaine O’Hara has been adjourned for the weekend as one of the jurors was unable to attend today.
 
The Central Criminal Court was due to hear its seventh day of evidence in trial of Graham Dwyer, which is expected to last six to eight weeks.
 
However, the court was informed that a juror was unable to attend and Mr Justice Tony Hunt sent the rest of the jurors home.
 
Before he did so, he told them that the parties in the case had already scheduled a day of work in their absence for Monday. This ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Former sports coach jailed for sexual abuse of teenage boys

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former sports coach has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing two teenage boys and for possession of a large amount of child pornography.

Colin Goggin (52) fled to Spain after his first victim came forward in 2007. He remained there for five years until he was returned to Ireland on a European Arrest Warrant. He later failed to show up for his trial before being caught and remanded in custody until sentencing.

Judge Martin Nolan called them serious offences and said it was Goggin’s involvement with athletics which gave him access to young victims.

He imposed three years for each ….read more

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Jail for man who sent explicit and menacing texts to 13-year-old girl

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who sent photographs of his penis to a 13-year-old girl and asked her for sex has been jailed for 18 months.

Terence Weldredge (43) admitted carrying out the harassment, sexual exploitation and sending of menacing messages to the girl. Over a two day period he attempted to contact her 273 times.

Weldredge, of Castlekevin Road, Coolock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the three offences which occurred between September 2011 and January 2012.

The girl said in a victim impact report that Weldredge harassed her “24/7” and that she couldn’t sleep or concentrate at school because of him. She ….read more

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Bondage cuffs, knives, mask and ball gag pulled from lake, Graham Dwyer trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Graham Dwyer (42). Photo: Collins)

The Graham Dwyer trial has heard that glasses found in a Wicklow lake in October 2013 matched Elaine O’Hara’s prescription and frames.

They were found during a search following the discovery there of bondage cuffs, chains, knives, a leather mask, rope, ball gag and a blindfold found along with keys to Ms O’Hara’s home.

The items, which were shown to the jury on Thursday, were found by three local men and then gardaí around the same time that the childcare worker’s skeletal remains were found in a forest in the Dublin Mountains.

Mr Dwyer, a 42-year-old architect, ….read more

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