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Six-year sentence for string of hold-ups

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who robbed a 76-year-old woman at knife point within minutes of raiding two shops has been sentenced to six years with the final two years suspended.

Declan Turner (23) committed the offences over a ten minute period within a distance of 500 metres of each other in Lusk, Co Dublin. He was identified on CCTV and told gardaí he had a drug problem.

Turner, of Barrons Hall House, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery at Supervalu; robbery at Gino’s takeaway and attempted robbery at Orylnn Park, all at Station Road, Lusk, Co Dublin on November ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Trial over failed hit on James Gately concludes

Special Criminal Court

There is no evidence that a man accused of burning out a car allegedly used by a gunman in a failed hit on James Gately had any knowledge of the attempted murder, a barrister has told the Special Criminal Court.

Counsel for the accused man Gary McAreavey (53) said the court is being asked to speculate about Mr McAreavey’s state of mind and said the prosecution had failed to provide any evidence suggesting he knew about the shooting.

Mr McAreavey, of Gort Nua, Station Road, Castlebellingham, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to acting to “impede an apprehension or prosecution by purchasing ….read more

Patrick Russell

Former barrister jailed for stealing €235k from businessman

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Patrick Russell. Credit: Collins)

A former barrister who stole €235,000 from a businessman by pretending to buy him a warehouse in Co Kildare has been jailed for three years.

Patrick Russell (57), with an address at Teach Daingain, Steelstown, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to the theft of €215,000 from businessman Paul O’Connell at Anglesea St, Temple Bar in Dublin on July 23, 2015. Russell was struck off the bar in 2012 for professional misconduct.

Six further counts were taken into consideration, including the theft of €20,000 from Mr O’Connell and the use of false instruments such as forged deeds from ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Robber wanted cash to 'bribe' girlfriend to see children

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-two held up a pharmacy to raise money in order to “bribe” his girlfriend to see his children, a court has heard.

Anthony Dwyer (28) entered the pharmacy an hour prior to the robbery and enquired if there were any job vacancies.

Dwyer, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Manor Pharmacy, Manor Street, Dublin 7, on May 28, 2020. He has 110 previous convictions, including convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and burglary.

Garda Stephen Lacey told Eoin Lawlor BL, prosecuting, that on the afternoon in question, Dwyer entered the pharmacy and asked an employee ….read more

Sandra Carroll

'May god have no mercy on your soul': Nolan sentenced to life for strangling Amanda Carroll

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Amanda Carroll’s sister Sandra speaking outside court today. Collins)

A murderer who strangled his partner of three months in her own bed was today addressed directly by his victim’s sister, who told him: “May God have no mercy on your soul”.

Sandra Carroll delivered an emotional victim impact statement at the Central Criminal Court, where Sean Nolan was jailed for life for the murder of her sister Amanda Carroll.

Earlier, another of the victim’s sisters, Antoinette Carroll, also addressed Nolan from the witness box, raising her voice to tell him: “I can say as a family if we got the word ….read more

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'Musical chairs' between Gately accused and prosecution case, defence say

Special Criminal Court

There is “no clear association” and an “element of musical chairs” between the man accused of the attempted murder of James Gately and the prosecution case, his defence team have told the Special Criminal Court.

James Gately (32) was shot five times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road in north Dublin at lunchtime on May 10, 2017.

Mr Gately, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life, survived the shooting after sustaining injuries to his upper chest and neck.

Caolan Smyth (28), of Cuileann Court, Donore, Co Meath, ….read more

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