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Damien Dempsey

Garda cleared of theft and fraud charges

District Courts

A GARDA who admitted using a motor tax disc – which had gone missing from his station – on his own car, had theft and fraud charges dismissed by a judge today.

However, the cash-strapped 44-year-old officer, who appeared at Dublin District Court, received a €500 fine for a less serious offence of not having his car taxed.

Tallaght based Garda Damien Dempsey had been found guilty by Judge Hugh O’Donnell earlier of stealing a motor tax disc from his superior’s office, fraudulently using it on his own car and not having motor insurance.

Judge O’Donnell had already said that the tax ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder jury shown hatchet

Central Criminal Court


A murder trial jury has been shown a hatchet found in the home of two men accused of the Limerick murder, hours after the deceased was killed.
Garda Josephine Falvey identified the hatchet to the Central Criminal Court during the trial of three men charged in connection with the 43-year-old man’s death.
Seán Flanagan (28) and Paul Colbert (46) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect in Limerick City are charged with the murder of Gerard McMahon on January 18, 2012. They have pleaded not guilty to murdering him outside his cousin’s house, also on Lenihan Avenue.

Ian Flanagan (24) of the same address as his ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man to be sentenced for shooting friend causing him to lose eye

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man is to be sentenced later for shooting his lifelong friend causing him to lose his eye.

Patrick McCann (20) of Decies Road, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Luke Wilson (19) at Liffey Gaels, GAA club, Memorial Park, Inchicore on January 13, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at the same place on that date.

Detective Sergeant Michael O’Brien told the court that Mr Wilson had made an arrangement to meet McCann that day at the Memorial Park.

Det Sgt O’Brien said McCann and Mr Wilson knew each other “since ….read more

Paul Murtagh

Community service for stolen monkey

District Courts

A TRAINEE football coach, who was caught with a stolen monkey in a cage in the back of his car, has been ordered to carry out community service to avoid a jail term.

Paul Murtagh (aged 29) of Birchdale Park, Kinsealy, Co Dublin, and Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty yesterday (MON) to possessing “one common South American Marmoset” worth €1,500.

He was caught with the animal at Ravensdale Road, East Wall, Dublin on October 1 last year, hours after it had been taken during a burglary in Co. Kildare.

The unemployed man, a father-of-three who is taking part in a ….read more

Outside Stock

Murder accused claims he would not have let friend die even if he wanted to

Central Criminal Court

A Wexford man on trial for the murder of his friend claims he would not have let the 37-year-old man die, even if the man wanted to, a Central Criminal Court jury has heard.

Michael Furlong (36) told also told gardai he used a “sword or screw driver” to open the sitting room door that he claims murder victim Patrick Connors had locked.

Furlong of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Connors (37) between April 28th and April 29th, 2011 at CarraigTúr apartments in the town.

Detective Garda Martin Brauders told ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Reserved judgement in case of man who indecently assaulted daughter

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgement in the case of a man appealing against his conviction for indecently assaulting his daughter over 30 years ago.

In April 2010 Judge Frank O’Donnell sentenced the now 66-year-old man to six years with three years suspended after he was found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of four counts of indecently assaulting his daughter.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to all four charges which happened at various locations in Co Kildare on dates between October 1981 and March 1983 when the victim ….read more

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