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Trinity College graduate guilty of firearms possession

Special Criminal Court

A Trinity College graduate and two men who were intercepted by armed gardai outside the premises of a firearms dealer have been found guilty of the possession of handguns and ammunition.

Ursula Shannon (30), who is a Trinity College graduate and prominent member of socialist republican group Eirigi, and her co-accused John McGreal (37) were remanded on continuing bail following the judgement of the Special Criminal Court today and will be sentenced at later date.

Co-accused Colin Brady (24), who was granted bail but did avail of it, was remanded in custody.

The non-jury court heard that the accused were wearing wigs and ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Convicted rapist claims prejudicial comments were made during his trial

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Ruaidhri Giblin

An Indian computer expert convicted of drugging and raping two women in his apartment has claimed that prosecuting counsel made prejudicial comments during his trial at the Circuit Criminal Court in 2012.

At the Court of Criminal Appeal today, Kapil Garg (35), sought an order requesting the release of audio recordings from specific days of his trial which lead to his conviction for rape and sexual assault.

Originally from Mumbai, India, Mr Garg was found guilty by a jury of the offences which took place in his apartment at Whitefriar Place in July 2011. He was sentenced to twelve years ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Woman saw murder accused with a weapon, court hears

Central Criminal Court

A woman has told the trial of a 21-year-old accused of murdering a man in north Dublin three years ago that she saw him with a weapon.

Michael Kinsella of Swiftbrook Close in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to murdering Adil Essalhi (31) at Tyrrelstown, Co.Dublin on January 6, 2011.

The trial has already heard that the accused’s uncle Wayne Kinsella was convicted of murder.

Today Natasha Carey told the Central Criminal Court that she was staying in Martina Deegan’s house in Tyrrelstown at the time of the incident and was eight months pregnant with Wayne Kinsella’s child.

She told Mr Alex Owens SC ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Dublin murder trial adjourned

Central Criminal Court

The trial has been adjourned of a 20-year-old Dublin man, charged with murdering another man in the capital two and a half years ago.

Craig O’Halloran of Colepark Road, Ballyfermot has pleaded not guilty to murdering 32-year old Kevin Kenny on July 31, 2011 at Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot.

A jury was sworn in on Monday and the trial was due to start today.

However, the six men and six women were discharged yesterday morning as there was no judge available to hear the trial.

A new trial date will now be fixed.

Corey Mulhall

Man acquitted of IRA membership in garda surveillance trial

Special Criminal Court

A man who admitted his part in a surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units has been acquitted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

There was a cry of “Yes” and stuttered applause from the public gallery this morning as the non-jury court delivered its judgement on the tenth day of the trial of Corey Mulhall (43).

The accused man had formally admitted taking photos of the garda complex on Harcourt Square in September 2012 after booking a room in the nearby Harcourt Hotel under the false name “Jason Egan”.

In the written admissions, Mr ….read more

Therese Doyle

Couple given suspended sentence for storing cannabis worth over €500k must await sentence fate

Court of Criminal Appeal

(Pictured: Therese Doyle (35) leaving the Court of Criminal Appeal)

By Ruaidhri Giblin

A Dublin couple who were were given a wholly suspended seven year sentence for storing over half a million euro worth of cannabis in their home must wait to hear if their sentence will in increased.

The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday reserved judgement in an appeal brought by the Director of Public Prosecution on grounds that the sentence imposed on partners Keith Jervis (36), and Therese Doyle (35), was unduly lenient.

The couple, with a last address at Rosewood Grove, Lucan, had plead guilty to possession with intent to supply ….read more

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