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Body-in-bog murderers bring appeal against conviction

Court of Appeal

Two men jailed for life for the murder of a man whose body was discovered in a boghole outside Listowel, Co Kerry three years ago have brought appeals against their convictions.

John-Paul Cawley (22), and Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva (31), both with last addresses at Ardoughter in Ballyduff, Co Kerry, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bruno Lemes De Sousa at Shronowen Bog, Listowel between February 16 and 17 2012. Cawley had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A jury at a Kerry sitting of the Central Criminal Court found both men guilty of murder and they were given the mandatory life sentence ….read more

Cathal Murtagh

Louth man told he is "very lucky" after drugs sentence is increased on appeal but balance is suspended

Court of Appeal

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A Louth man who was caught with €3.5 million worth of ecstasy and cannabis has been told to “take the chance” the Court of Appeal has given him by suspending the balance of his sentence.

Cathal Murtagh (31) was caught with the drugs in a warehouse during an investigation into smuggled cigarettes. He said he was being paid €50 a day to move the boxes of tablets and cannabis herb.

Murtagh, with a last address at Glenmore Park, Muirhevanmore, Dundalk, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at a warehouse unit on ….read more


Man due to appeal drugs sentence seeks adjournment after judge tells counsel Court of Appeal has power to increase sentences

Court of Appeal

A Tipperary man due to appeal his sentence for possession of drugs has asked for an adjournment after being told the Court of Appeal has powers to increase prison terms.

Philip McCarthy (48), of Cabra Court in Thurles, Co Tipperary, was charged with possessing €43,000 worth of drugs after gardaí stopped a vehicle at the Horse and Jockey Hotel in November 2011.

He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with the final three suspended by Judge Thomas Teehan at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court on October 18, 2013.

Before proceedings began in the Court of Appeal today, Mr Justice George Birmingham told counsel for ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man jailed for indecent assault in the 1970s to be sentenced for raping his niece

Central Criminal Court

A man who was jailed in the early 1970s for indecently assaulting a young girl will be sentenced next week for raping his seven-year-old niece a decade later.

The 61-year-old Limerick man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, raped and sexually assaulted the child when she was aged between seven and eleven.

After a trial last month a jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted him of one count of attempted rape, three counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault at a house in County Limerick between December 1984 and December 1988.

Today Mr Justice Paul ….read more

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Ex-soldier who sexually assaulted young boy has jail term cut on appeal

Court of Appeal

An ex-soldier, who was jailed and forced to pay compensation from his Irish army pension for sexually assaulting a young boy, has had his jail term cut by the Court of Appeal.

John Patterson (58), of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, had pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of sexual assault committed against a boy at Mourne Road on dates between February 22 2001 and September 1 2003.

Having been found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Patterson was sentenced to eight years imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation from his Army pension in the sum of €24,000 by Judge Donagh ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Dublin man sent back to jail for stealing taxi after losing appeal

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man who punched a taxi driver and stole his vehicle in the early hours of a Sunday morning has been sent back to prison following an unsuccessful appeal against conviction.

Aaron McCarthy (22), of Crinan Strand, Dublin 1, had pleaded not guilty to robbery and taking a vehicle without authority at Lisburn Street in the capital on August 13 2011. He admitted to stealing a bicycle on the same occasion.

He was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and subsequently sentenced to five years imprisonment.

McCarthy, who had been on bail for the application, had his appeal ….read more

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