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Stranger struck man and left him in coma in random, unprovoked attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An attacker who struck a stranger who then fell and sustained a brain injury which required life-saving surgery has received a fully suspended sentence.

Stephen Duffy (28) initially left the scene after striking the man but then returned and placed the victim into the recovery position.

Duffy, of Homelawn Road, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing serious harm at Belgard Road, Tallaght, on August 29, 2016. The court heard Duffy pleaded guilty to the offence on the basis of recklessness. He has no previous convictions.

Fergal Foley BL, prosecuting, told the court that CCTV evidence which captures the ….read more

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Boy (15) sexually assaulted girl (14) in field after drinking

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Stephen Bourke

A teenage boy who sexually assaulted his friend in a field has had a sentence of two years’ detention deferred for one year.

The boy (17), who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged 15 when he sexually assaulted the then 14-year-old girl in a field after they had both consumed alcohol together.

He pleaded guilty before the Central Criminal Court to sexual assault at a location in Co Tipperary on July 29, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

A local garda told John O’Kelly SC, prosecuting, that on the date in question, the accused boy and ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Woman carried out armed robbery after been given bail 'chance'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mother-of-two who stabbed a man in the arm with scissors and later produced a knife during an attempted robbery has been jailed for four years.

Claire Burke (31) who first approached a man and offered to sell him “grass”, then stabbed him in the wrist after he prevented her attempt to walk off after she received the money.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that while she was on bail for this offence, she entered a garage, produced a knife which she pointed at an employee and told them to give her all the money in the till.

Burke originally from Co Kilkenny ….read more

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Driver given community service for causing serious harm will be jailed after appeal

Court of Appeal

A ‘grossly dangerous’ driver who was given community service after he caused serious injuries to a father and son will be jailed after the Court of Appeal found that his sentence was unduly lenient.

The sentencing judge had said that the only reason he was sparing the Galway man jail was the “exceptional level of charity” shown by one of the two victims of a car crash caused by the defendant, who had caused the man years of suffering.

Niall Conneely (48) of Siadhean, Spiddal had pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Court to dangerous driving causing serious harm and driving without ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man who beat wife with rolling pin withdraws appeal after warning

Court of Appeal

A man who beat his wife around the head with a rolling pin because he was in “a jealous rage” has withdrawn his appeal against his three-year jail term.

Vasile Plesca (42) attacked his wife in an ordeal that lasted seven hours during which he and another man would not let her leave her flat.

Plesca, of Belmont Hall, Dublin City, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the woman at that address on April 26, 2017.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that after hitting her over the head with the rolling pin, Plesca then forced the woman to take off her blood-stained ….read more

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Kevin Lunney suffered 'extreme pain', trial hears

Special Criminal Court

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was still in pain and was scarred and fearful of going out in public more than one month after he was abducted and assaulted, a doctor has told the Special Criminal Court.

Dr Muhammad Ashraf Butt, of Cavan General Hospital, examined Mr Lunney on October 25, 2019 and noted that he had a 7cm long scar from his right ear to his cheek and a 10cm scar from his right ear to his jaw-bone where he had been slashed with a Stanley knife on the previous September 17. Mr Lunney used a beard to hide ….read more

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