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Dublin man gets suspended five year jail sentence for robberies committed six years ago

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A recovering drug addict has received a suspended five year jail sentence for robberies committed six years ago.

Patrick Anderson (47) was on bail for an earlier armed robbery on a Spar shop when he threatened staff in a hairdressers.

Anderson robbed €1,817 from the busy hairdressers on the last Saturday before Christmas 2009.

He was identified from CCTV footage and gardaí questioned him about the robbery three days later. He was released and the next day he hijacked a car by threatening the owner with a screwdriver.

Anderson drove away in a dangerous manner until crashing the car into a tree. ….read more

Michael McKevitt

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt appeals High Court decision refusing him early release

High Court

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A dissident republican leader sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for directing terrorism has moved to appeal a High Court judgement refusing him early release.

Michael McKevitt (66), of Beech Park, Blackrock, Co Louth was jailed by the non-jury Special Criminal Court for 20 years in 2003, backdated to 2001, for directing terrorism and for membership of an illegal organisation styling itself as the Real IRA.

With the normal one-quarter remission generally afforded to prisoners, McKevitt is due for release from Portlaoise Prison in July 2016.

McKevitt had applied for a further 8% off his sentence arguing that his participation in structured ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Murder accused bought fold-up shovel and jump suit around a month before incident, acquaintance tells jury

Central Criminal Court

A witness has told a murder trial that the accused would often say he was going to ‘batter and torture’ the deceased, who was a homeless man with a large amount of money.

Eamon Flynn was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of another homeless man, charged with murdering Gerard Donnelly in a Dublin park in 2013.

The court heard that Gardaí found the 36-year-old’s body on fire in the Phoenix Park. The father of one died of blunt force trauma to the head before being set alight. He had almost €150,000 in funds at the time.

Ciaran ….read more

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74-year-old man receives two year sentence for sexually abusing his sister-in-law in the 1970s

Central Criminal Court

A 74-year-old Kerry man has received a two year sentence for sexually abusing his sister-in-law in the seventies after the judge noted this is the maximum sentence permissible under the law at the time.

The woman said that she did not complain about what happened at the time because she “was taught not to question my elders”.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan imposed a two year sentence with the final six months suspended and six months post release supervision. She also ordered the man have no unsupervised access to children.

The judge noted that under the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935, which was in ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Passenger tells murder trial that he ran from car driven by deceased before hearing a "couple of bangs"

Central Criminal Court

The passenger in a car driven by a man shot dead in front of his daughter has told a murder trial jury that he “ran” when another car pulled up beside him.

Keith O’Neill (39) from Lissadell Drive, Drimnagh in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murdering John Wilson on September 28th, 2012 at his home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot Dublin 10.

Taking to the stand today, Mr Leslie Herbert confirmed with Conor Devally SC, prosecuting, that he was in the passenger seat of John Wilson’s car with the deceased and his seven-year-old girl when another car pulled up in front of ….read more

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English language student asks High Court to set aside purported appointment of liquidator to college

High Court

The High Court has been asked to set aside the appointment of a voluntary liquidator to the company that operated the private third level college The Carlyle Institute.

The Dublin city centre based college, which offered English Language and business courses to mainly non EU students, closed its doors and ceased operations in early April.

Late last month Mr Justice Paul Gilligan appointed insolvency practitioner Declan de Lacy of PKF O’Connor Leddy & Holmes as provisional liquidator of The Carlyle Institute Ltd.

The judge made the appointment, on an ex parte basis, after being informed many of the college’s former students have concerns ….read more

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