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Anthony Keogh

Former Keogh's Crisps director grew cannabis in 'gardening experiment'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Anthony Keogh. Credit: Collins)

A former director of Keogh’s Crisps grew 39 cannabis plants without a licence “essentially for medicinal purposes” as a “gardening experiment”, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Anthony Keogh (64), a farmer and a former director of Keogh’s Crisps, grew in his greenhouse plants which had a total combined value of €7,800.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that he grew the plants “out of some degree of curiosity in relation to them and in relation to curiosity concerning the medicinal benefits of cannabis”.

The court heard this was “simply a gardening experiment”.

Keogh of Newtown Lane, Oldtown, Co ….read more

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Lunney trial hears of movements of van allegedly used in abduction

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Police Analyst Sarah Skedd. Photo: Collins)

A car dealer paid €400 for a Renault Kangoo van that was seized later the same day by gardai investigating the abduction of businessman Kevin Lunney, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Witness James Maguire said he bought the van from a man he knew only as “David”. The prosecution alleges that the van was used by three of Mr Lunney’s attackers to travel to and from Cavan. Opening the trial back in May, prosecution counsel Sean Guerin SC said forensic examiners discovered blood with DNA matching Mr Lunney’s on a door of the Kangoo ….read more

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Trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr to resume in part

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: Collins)

The trial of businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr will resume in two weeks to allow witnesses in the Witness Protection Programme to give evidence.

Mr Justice Alex Owens at the Special Criminal Court said he wanted to give those witnesses priority when the trial resumes on Monday July 26 but he doesn’t expect the trial to finish before the court breaks at the end of this month.

Whatever evidence remains to be heard, he said, will be adjourned to when the court returns following the summer break.

Mr Mansfield Jnr (53), of Tasaggart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, ….read more

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'Very strong support' for firearms residue match, Eamon Kelly murder trial hears

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Kenneth Donohoe. Credit: Collins)

There is “very strong support” to suggest that firearms particles found on a jacket taken from a house where a man accused of murdering Eamon Kelly was arrested matched those recovered from shell casings recovered at the murder scene, an expert witness has told the Special Criminal Court.

Father-of-nine Kelly (65) was shot four times in the back as he walked towards his home in north Dublin in December of 2012. He was one of the country’s most well-known criminal figures, having been involved in organised crime for more than four decades.

The three-judge court ….read more

Special Criminal Court

No evidence of men's agreement to harm grandfather murderer in own home, appeal court finds

Court of Appeal

Two men who had their convictions quashed for the ‘savage’ murder of a grandfather were not in a ‘joint enterprise’ to kill but did behave in a “reprehensible” manner in a later attempt to burn the deceased’s body and dispose of a baseball bat used in the attack, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

In a written judgement returned today, the three-judge court found there was no evidence of any plan by the two men, James Davy and Matthew Cummins, to murder 64-year-old Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley.

The two, who have been in prison for almost five years, had their verdicts substituted ….read more

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Man cleared of assaulting one garda but convicted of common assault on another

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A jury has acquitted a man of assaulting a garda in the back of a patrol car after he argued that the officer damaged her own hand by beating him while he was handcuffed.

The jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court cleared Philip Kavanagh (34), of Cherry Orchard Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin of a charge of assault causing harm to Garda Theresa Moore at Aylward Green, Cappagh Road, Finglas, on January 7, 2017.

However, he was convicted by a majority verdict of 10-2 of the lesser charge of common assault on her colleague, Garda Conor Mohan, when they went to his door to ….read more

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