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Balbriggan District Court round-up


Teen who was warned parents will go to prison if he continues to skip school is ‘making positive progress’

A TEENAGER who was warned his parents will go to prison if he continues to persistently skips school is making “positive progress”, a court has heard.

Judge Dermot Dempsey praised the boy’s parents at Balbriggan District Court telling them they have “made great progress” in getting the boy to attend school.

The teenager, who cannot be identified as he is underage, had only attended four days at school in 2011 and no days in 2012.

The case was brought to court by the National Education ….read more

Diarmuid Connolly

Sentence date set for 'Dubs' forward Diarmuid Connolly over unprovoked attack

District Courts

by Tom Tuite

DUBLIN football star Diarmuid Connolly will be sentenced in the New Year for an unprovoked attack on a man who suffered a fractured eye-socket.

Connolly (25) had pleaded guilty earlier to assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly at McGowan’s public house in Phibsboro, in Dublin, in the early hours of August 6 last year.

An unreserved apology, which was accepted by Mr Kelly, had been issued by Connolly’s lawyer last May during a hearing at Dublin District Court.

Mr Kelly had also shook hands with Connolly following that hearing but had refused to accept compensation from him. Instead the footballer paid ….read more

Michael Kiely Celebrate

Man who read statement threatening Irish in British Army acquitted of IRA membership

Special Criminal Court

Pictured: Michael Kiely (MIDDLE) celebrating with friends as he left court after he was acquitted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

A man who read out a Continuity IRA statement threatening Irish members of the British Army has been acquitted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler today said that while the non-jury court was “fully satisfied” Michael Kiely (43) read an “inflammatory statement” which contained threats to kill, it had some doubt as to whether he was a member of the IRA on the date in question.

In a graveside oration delivered at ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Man who killed his mother committed to the Central Mental Hospital

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old Co Kilkenny man has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital after being found not guilty of murdering his mother by reason of insanity.

A jury acquitted Niall Stapleton of murdering his mother following a trial earlier this week, after hearing he was suffering from schizophrenia when he attacked her last year.

The Central Criminal Court heard that he had received a head injury a month before he was diagnosed with the illness five years ago.

Mr Stapleton of Glebe Lodge, Kilfane, Thomastown had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Siobhan Stapleton (51) at that address on May 25, 2012. ….read more

Gordon O'Brien

Former Anglo clerk on €200k computer fraud charge

District Courts

A FORMER Anglo Irish Bank clerk is to stand trial over an alleged €200,000 computer fraud.

Gordon O’Brien, 42, a father-of-two, with an address at Springfield, Dooradoyle, Limerick, was arrested by arrangement in Dublin city-centre this morning.

He was charged at the Bridewell Garda station with nine counts of unlawful use of a computer, under Section 9 of the Theft and Fraud Act, and was then brought to appear at Dublin District Court.

He is accused of fraudulently operating a computer at the bank’s branch at Henry Street in Limerick on dates between September 2010 and June the following year.

Detective Stephen Niland of ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Two women jailed for four years for killing grandfather

Central Criminal Court

Two women have been jailed for four years for killing a grandfather at a party in Waterford last year.

Johanna Kelly (40) and Michelle Hynes (41), both of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Joe O’Brien.

A third person, Patrick Keating, is serving a life sentence for murdering the 60-year-old at an apartment on William Street in the city on April 23, 2012.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced both women to six years in prison with the last two suspended.

Mr Justice McCarthy said that both women must undergo two years post-release supervision.

He said he was “deeply sensitive to the ….read more

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