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Mother who allowed toddler son to be ill-treated avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mother who allowed her two-year-old son to be ill-treated and repeatedly lied about what happened to him has been given a suspended sentence.

The 24-year-old woman, who is now pregnant with her second child, had to be persuaded to bring the toddler to hospital after he was badly injured over three years ago.

Medical staff at Tallaght Hospital called gardaí after they discovered extensive bruising to the toddler’s face, ears, back, buttocks, thighs and genital area when the woman brought him there in February 2017.

When the child’s grandmother saw him in hospital, she thought the boy looked like a child from ….read more

Peter Sweetman

Environmentalist seeks to halt tree-felling

High Court

(File Picture: Mr Peter Sweetman. Collins)

Environmental activist Peter Sweetman has brought a High Court challenge against a decision allowing trees to be cut down on lands in Co Cavan.

Mr Sweetman is challenging a decision made in July to issue Coillte a ‘Felling Licence’ in respect of coniferous Sitka Spruce trees on 2.7 hectares of land on the Bellamont Forest Estate close to the town of Coothill in Co Cavan.

The decision was made by the Forestry Appeal Committee, which he claims failed to carry out a proper or adequate screening of the site for the purposes of complying with the ….read more

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Assault accused deemed unfit to stand trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man suffering from an acquired brain injury has been deemed unfit to stand trial on a number of alleged assaults.

The 34-year-old man was facing trial for the alleged assault of a nurse manager at a hospital A&E in November 2015. He was also facing allegations of unprovoked attacks on pedestrians in Dublin city centre in which he allegedly struck a man and a woman in the face on respective dates in February and March 2017.

After deeming him unfit to plead, Judge Karen O’Connor placed an interim order preventing the publication of his identity until his position as a ward ….read more

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Son of alleged ISIS fighter challenges citizenship refusal

High Court

(Pictured: Abdul Malik Bekmirzaev)

The Dublin born seven-year-old son of a suspected ISIS fighter has brought a High Court challenge over the State’s refusal to recognise him as an Irish citizen.

The case has been brought by Abdul Malik Bekmirzaev, who is currently living with his mother Iryna Paltarzhytskaya in her native Belarus.

The boy’s proceedings arise over the State’s refusal to re-issue him with an Irish passport or recognise him as being an Irish citizen, which he claims is incorrect and in breach of his rights.

That decision came after the State retrospectively revoked the naturalisation certificate granted to his father Alexandr ….read more

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Jury to continue deliberating in coercive control trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A jury has continued deliberating in the trial of a man accused of coercively controlling and assaulting his former partner.

The 52-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his then-partner.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive of his partner at various locations, including their Dublin home, between January 1, 2019 and September 22, 2019.

He has also pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of assault causing harm to his partner, one ….read more

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Mule internally concealed €40k in cocaine

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An Irish man who travelled home from Brazil after internally concealing 49 pellets of cocaine, valued at over €40,000, has been jailed for three years and three months.

Steven Smith (44), formerly of Ashbrook, Dundalk, Louth, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession and unlawful importation of cocaine at Dublin Airport on November 21, 2013.

Smith left Ireland in 2014 after being released on High Court bail. He was brought back to Ireland from the United Kingdom in June following an appeal on Crime Watch.

Judge Martin Nolan noted Smith was a drug user at the time and was carrying out ….read more

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