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Patrick OBrien

Patrick O'Brien cannot be treated as a person for whom prison would be "impossible to tolerate", court finds

Court of Appeal

(Photo: Collins)

An Ill and infirm Patrick O’Brien, who subjected his daughter Fiona Doyle to “shocking torture” over a number of years, cannot be treated as a person for whom a prison sentence would be impossible to tolerate, the Court of Appeal has stated.

The 75-year-old had pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 16 sample counts of rape and indecent assault committed against his daughter Ms Doyle at Mackintosh Park, Pottery Road in Dun Laoighaire between 1973 to 1982.

Trial judge Mr Justice Paul Carney had described it as one of the worst cases of abuse one could possibly find.

Mr Justice ….read more

Karl Donohoe

Driver who killed man in “road rage homicide” has sentence reduced on appeal

Court of Appeal

A motorist who killed another in a “road rage homicide” has had his prison sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

Karl Donohoe (33), of Fisherman’s Wharf, Ringsend, Dublin 4, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Ray Bates at the junction of Tritonville Road and Sandymount Road on September 26, 2010.

He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court on April 23, 2012.

The Court of Appeal found today that the sentence handed down to Donohoe represented “a category of gravity” unwarranted by the facts and accordingly reduced ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Former priest and school principal who sexually abused pupil loses appeal against conviction

Court of Appeal

A former priest and school principal has had his appeal against conviction for sexually abusing a pupil rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Con Desmond, (79), with an address as Woodlands, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare, had pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of indecently assaulting a boy at St Stephen’s De La Salle National School in Waterford between 1978 and June 1980.

He was found guilty by a jury at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to two years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently by Judge Donagh McDonagh on February 19, 2013.

Desmond’s appeal against conviction, on grounds of delay ….read more

justice new

Man pleads not guilty to murdering two women 18 years ago

Central Criminal Court

by Alison O’Riordan

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of murdering two women eighteen years ago.

Mark Nash (42), with last addresses at Prussia Street and Clonliffe Road in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at the Central
Criminal Court to the murder of Sylvia Shields (59) and Mary Callanan (61), who lived in sheltered accommodation, in a house attached to St Brendan’s Psychiatric Hospital in Grangegorman between March 6 and March 7, 1997.

A jury of seven men and five women has been sworn in for the double murder trial, which is due to begin on Wednesday ….read more

Niall Dorr

Man who killed 18-year-old in prolonged and "vicious" assault has sentence reduced on appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Flowers left by friends at Castle Road, Dundalk. Photo: Collins)

The man who killed 18-year-old Niall Dorr in a prolonged and “vicious” assault in Dundalk four years ago has had his prison sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

Douglas Ward (38), of Loughantarve, Knockbridge, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Dorr on Castle Street, Dundalk on October 13 2010. This plea was accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment with the final three suspended by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court on December 21, 2012.

President of the Court ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Serial sex offender to be sentenced for sexual assault of 14-year-old boy

Central Criminal Court

A convicted sex offender will be sentenced next week for molesting a 14-year-old boy in a Kerry town over two years ago.

John Prendiville (49) of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the child, who had been in a residential care at the time, on May 12, 2012.

The court heard that Prendiville’s 33 previous convictions include five for sexual assault and four for failing to notify gardaí under the Sex Offender’s Act.

He had just been released from Castlerea Prison, having served a six year jail term for sex assault, when he took the teenager ….read more

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