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Woman acquitted of recklessly causing harm at nightclub

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Aaron Rogan and Fiona Ferguson

A 22-year-old woman has been acquitted of recklessly causing serious harm to another woman who lost the sight in one eye following an incident in a nightclub.

Emma Hammond from Poppintree, Ballymun, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to recklessly causing Natasha Mooney (25) serious harm at Dusk Nightclub in the Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock on March 18, 2013.

The jury returned their verdict of not guilty on day four of the trial following one hour and 16 minutes deliberation.

Judge Desmond Hogan thanked the jury of six men and six women ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Seychelles native to be sentenced for attempted rape

Central Criminal Court

A Cork based student who sexually assaulted a woman after climbing into her bed while she was asleep will be sentenced next March.

The victim awoke to find Trevor Andre (27) straddling her and trying to put his penis into her mouth. She punched and then squeezed his testicles and shouted at him to get out.

Andre of Pembroke Woods, Passage West, Co Cork had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of the woman at a house in Cork on June 8, 2013.

At the end of a trial a jury of four women ….read more

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“Oldest drug mule to come before the courts” sentenced to three years

Court of Appeal

A man described as the “oldest drugs mule to come before the courts” and another man who received wholly suspended sentences for the possession of €1.2 million in drugs have been jailed for three years by the Court of Appeal.
Last month the Court of Appeal found that the suspended 10-year sentences imposed on Edward Rooney (65) of Ballinacorribeg, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow and Des Ryan (55) of Belfield Springs, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford were too lenient following a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In October 2013 Judge Desmond Hogan handed down suspended terms of 10 years to both men after ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Peter Butterly murder trial adjourned until tomorrow

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court trial of three men charged with murdering a dissident republican has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Peter Butterly was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath around 2pm on March 6, 2013.

Dean Evans (24) of Grange Park Rise, Raheny; Edward McGrath (33) of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght; and Sharif Kelly (44) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to murdering the 35-year-old father of two.

On Monday the trial at the non-jury court entered in to its 51st day .

A fourth man, David Cullen (30), with a last address in ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Man who drove without insurance for a third time may escape a prison sentence

A YOUNG man who drove without insurance for a third time may escape a prison sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service.

Mark Sheehan (25) has 15 previous convictions and received a six month suspended sentence and a six year driving disqualification last September for drink driving, less than a year after he was stopped for driving without insurance for the third time.

Sheehan, of Dun Emer Green in Lusk, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to driving without insurance on August 30th, 2013 at Church Street ….read more

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Louth man charged with IRA membership at special court sitting

Special Criminal Court

A 24-year-old Louth man has been brought before the Special Criminal Court, charged with IRA membership.
Adrian Crevan Mackin, of Mullach Alainn, Omeath, was brought before a special sitting of the court this afternoon.
He was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on Friday last, January 16th.
Detective Garda Ciaran Hobbs gave evidence of his arrest, charge and caution at The Crescent, Dundalk this morning. He said he informed Mr Mackin that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed he be charged with IRA membership, but that he made no reply ….read more

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