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Married dad of seven (58) jailed for sex assault on man outside nightclub

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 58-year-old married father of seven who sexually assaulted a university student while he was sitting outside a nightclub in an unconscious and unresponsive state has been jailed.

Denis Aylmer pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the then 21-year-old man on a Dublin City Centre Street on April 28, 2018. He has no previous convictions.

The court heard that witnesses saw Aylmer of Islandbridge Court, Dublin pulling the victim’s penis up and down while his head was close to the student’s penis. He was dragged away from the victim and the student was found unresponsive, while other ….read more

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Child rapist who was named after legal battle appeals conviction

Court of Appeal

A man who repeatedly raped a nine-year-old girl in the late 1980s, telling her it was their “secret”, has appealed his convictions arguing that a delay of decades in the prosecution of his case meant his trial was unfair.

Declan Hannon (52) was convicted at the Central Criminal Court in April 2019 of the rape of the child on four occasions and of two counts of indecent assault at an address in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, in 1987.

Due to the collapse of a number of trials the victim, now aged in her 40s, had to give evidence six times in court before ….read more


Jury continue deliberations in Urantsetseg Tserendorj murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the murder trial of the teenager who stabbed Mongolian national Urantsetseg Tserendorj as she walked home from work will continue their deliberations for a fourth day tomorrow.

It is now an 11-person panel of six men and five women, as one juror has been excused due to medical reasons. Mr Justice Tony Hunt said he had considered adjourning the case until tomorrow to allow a 12-person jury to continue but the juror in question said they were not confident of being able to perform their duty on the following day.

Mr Justice Hunt had told the jury ….read more

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'This is not trial by expert, this is trial by jury', judge charges

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Photo: Collins)

A Central Criminal Court judge has told the the jury in the trial of Stephen Silver, who denies murdering Detective Garda Colm Horkan, that they must use “common sense” in weighing the evidence of two consultant psychiatrists who differed on the accused man’s mental state at the time he shot the detective.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the seven men and five women that they are not bound by the expert evidence and they are entitled to prefer one psychiatrist’s evidence over another.

He told them that this is not “trial by expert, this is ….read more


Denial of visa to Ethiopian man who married naturalised Somalian woman is upheld

High Court

The High Court has upheld a decision by the Minister for justice not to grant an Ethiopian man a visa allowing him to reside here with his wife, a naturalised Somalian-born woman.

In her judgement, Ms Justice Siobhan Phelan said no grounds had been identified that would allow the court to set aside the Minister’s refusal to grant the visa to allow for family reunification.

However, the judge said that the couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, should submit up to date information and re-apply for the visa.

The woman was born in Somalia but came to Ireland ….read more

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Young woman placed under probation supervision after cannabis find

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A young woman who may have made a call to gardaí that resulted in €19,000 worth of cannabis being found in her home has been placed under the supervision of the Probation Services for 12 months.

Rebecca Yeats (21) with an address at Greenhills Court, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cannabis for sale or supply on November 13, 2020.

Yeats has no previous convictions and has not come to recent garda attention.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Elma Sheahan said Yeats would be given an opportunity to put further mitigation before the court in advance ….read more

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