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Vaccinated woman who returned to Ireland to assist family is released from quarantine

High Court

The High Court has formally concluded an inquiry into the detention of a woman who had been undergoing a mandatory quarantining at a hotel following her return to Ireland from Dubai to assist her family.

The court heard that the woman has been released after a Covid-19 test taken on Tuesday morning returned a negative result.

Two other separate challenges brought on behalf of two persons who remain in quarantine have been adjourned to later this week.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Justice Brian O’Moore formally terminated an application for an inquiry into the woman’s detention on hearing that she had been allowed ….read more

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Woman tells court of hijack where raiders demanded to know her address

Special Criminal Court

A woman has told the Special Criminal Court of how raiders hijacked her car at gunpoint, demanded proof of her address and threatened to find and kill her if she reported the ordeal to gardaí.

Ms Helen Leigh also told the non-jury court that the men asked her if she had children, which she took to be a threat. She was giving evidence in the trial of a man accused of a number of offences arising from an armed robbery of a BoyleSports in Applewood Village in Swords.

Trevor Byrne (41) of Cappagh Road, Finglas West, is before the court, after the ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Jury expected to begin deliberations in asylum seeker rape trial

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of raping a woman he had been introduced to though his mosque has reached its final stages at the Central Criminal Court.

The trial has already heard that the 36-year-old woman sought asylum in Ireland to avoid an arranged marriage in her native country.

The complainant has testified that after a ceremony took place between her and the accused, the man took her back to his flat and raped her a number of times over the course of three days.

The 54-year-old accused told gardaí on arrest that the woman’s allegations were “lies” and they had ….read more

Croke Park

'A little piece of history' as trial opens at Croke Park

Central Criminal Court

Jurors took part ‘in a little piece of history’ today when the first criminal trial to take place in Croke Park opened before a jury.

The Central Criminal Court trial is running at GAA headquarters to facilitate social distancing and other public health safety measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the opening of the trial shortly before 11am, Justice David Keane told the jury of eight men and four women that they were participating in “a little piece of history”.

He said that to facilitate public safety measures Croke Park had kindly made the facilities at the arena available to the Courts Service ….read more

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Former Sheffield Utd player jailed for moving €2.7m in heroin

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former professional footballer who was caught moving over €2.7 million in heroin has been jailed for four years.

Keith Quinn (32) received a package containing the heroin at his place of work in an industrial estate in west Dublin. Soon afterwards he met with another man and then delivered the package to a nearby address.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Quinn, who was previously a professional footballer with Sheffield United and several League of Ireland clubs, had “a very significant gambling problem” and that there was “a hold over him” due to debts he had accrued.

Quinn of Monastery Gate Avenue, ….read more

Central Criminal Court court 13 inside

Rape accused's garda interview 'in effect admissions', prosecution tell jury

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man accused of orally raping his younger brother made “in effect admissions” during his garda interviews, which
affirmed the allegations of the complainant, the State has told a jury.

The accused man (36), who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of orally raping his then 11-year-old younger brother and beating him “nearly every day” until his brother left the family home when he was 16.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that the man is alleged to have once put the barrel of a loaded shotgun in his younger brother’s mouth.

During the trial, the jury has heard evidence ….read more

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