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Man allegedly swung nunchuck at gardai

District Courts

A MAN who is alleged to have swung a Martial Arts weapon at gardai when they called to his house had his case adjourned at Balbriggan District Court.

Vatalie Raru (33), of Upper Main Street in Rush, Co Dublin, is alleged to have been in possession of a nunchuck at his home on December 17th. He is further alleged to have used threatening and abusive behaviour on the same date.

Judge Dermot Dempsey accepted jurisdiction after Sergeant Tony Tighe outlined the alleged facts.

He said it is alleged that while gardai were at his house, Raru came out with the nunchuck, which Sgt ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Woman stole from supermarket as she was ‘under pressure’

A WOMAN stole items from a Balbriggan supermarket because she was ‘under pressure’ as it was her daughter’s birthday and Christmas.

Olivia Weldon (40) stole headphones, a pair of scissors and greeting cards to the value of €55.56 from Tesco Extra at Millfield Shopping Centre on December 11th, 2014.

The mother-of-four, with an address at Minister’s Park in Lusk pleaded guilty to the offence at Balbriggan District Court.

Sergeant Tony Tighe gave evidence that Weldon selected the items and then left the supermarket without paying for them. She was detained by security staff and charged ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

State closes its case in three-month-long murder trial

Special Criminal Court

The State has closed its case in the trial of three Dubliners charged with murdering a dissident republican outside a Meath pub almost two years ago.

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

Three men have been on trial since September at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

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.

Evans and McGrath have ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Chinese takeaway owner convicted and fined for employing staff without work permits

District Courts

A CHINESE takeaway owner has been fined a total of €1,700 after she employed two workers without work permits.

Li Lian, who owns China Garden on Drogheda Street in Balbriggan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to three counts of employing two foreign nationals without work permits on October 21st, 2013 and November 8th, 2013 and April 10th, 2014.

The court heard that an inspector for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation had visited the takeaway for a compliance check and discovered that two Chinese nationals were working there without the correct work permits.

One of the chefs had made ….read more

justice new

Father-of-four used false IDs in €400K welfare fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-four who used false IDs to fraudulently claim almost half a million euro in social welfare payments over 12 years is to be sentenced tomorrow.

David Church of Parnell Street, Dublin 1 and formerly Monadreen, Thurles, Co Tipperary, faced 199 charges of unlawfully claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance and Rent Allowance at various post offices around Dublin between September 2002 and July 2013.

The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to 13 sample counts representing all the offences at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

In total, Church stole €478,052 from the State, which Judge Martin Nolan said averaged at about €40,000 a year over the period of offending.

The ….read more

Leslie Hunt

"Beacon of light" jailed for heroin possession

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

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A reformed drug addict who was described as “a beacon of light” for those blighted by drugs in his local community has been given a four and a half year sentence for having almost €30,000 worth of heroin.

Leslie Hunt (37) was caught with €29,763 worth of heroin in 2013. The court heard he had been a street level drug dealer in the Darndale area of Dublin, who had “a long and deep seated addiction to drugs”.

He started a residential drug treatment programme in April last year and a defence witness told the court how he has since turned his ….read more

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