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Jail for violent, unprovoked takeaway attack

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Claire Henry

A Dublin man has been given a two-year prison sentence for a violent, unprovoked attack on a fellow customer at a takeaway in the city in 2017.

Dean Reynolds (30) pleaded guilty to the assault causing harm to Seamus Doyle on November 21, 2017, at Texas Fried Chicken in Finglas.

Detective Garda Jason O’Carroll told the court that he was on duty on the date in question and responded to a call to Texas Fried Chicken, where he found Mr Doyle bleeding and unsteady on his feet.

Mr Doyle told Det O’Carroll that he was hit from the side and did ….read more

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Criminal gets 11 years after being caught with €220k in cash, drugs and weapons

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A criminal money launderer has been sentenced to eleven years in prison after he was caught with €220,000 along with drugs, drug dealing paraphernalia, luxury goods, weapons and ammunition.

Gardaí also found about 10 mobile phones after a search of Paul Keenan’s home, including two BQ Aquaris phones which the court heard are encrypted and often used by criminal gangs.

Keenan (43) of Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to possessing the money on March 13, 2019 and 31 March 2021, along with possessing quantities of drugs on the same occasions.

Passing sentence on Wednesday afternoon at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, ….read more


GAA coach who 'lost friends and family' over unfair dismissal awarded €26k


A north Dublin GAA club has been ordered to pay a former coach over €26,000 for unfair dismissal after ruling he was made redundant without an “objective and fair” consultation process.

Johnny Beggs told the Workplace Relations Commission in September that he had been involved with Skerries Harps his whole life and that he had “lost friends and family” over the manner of his dismissal.

“It was decided well before any consultation process,” he added. “I didn’t think I’d be sitting in a courtroom begging for crumbs. After what we’ve gone through, personally, I wouldn’t go back to that club, that role,” ….read more

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Teen avoids jail for 'bulldozing' woman with car

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Patrick O’Donnell. Photo: Collins)

A teenager who “bulldozed” a woman with his car after he had accidentally reversed into her car while waiting to exit a busy shopping complex car park has received a fully-suspended sentence.

Patrick O’Donnell (20) was waiting at the barriers of Dundrum Town Centre when he accidentally reversed into the vehicle behind him. Both drivers got out and O’Donnell offered to pay the woman for the damage rather than go through his insurance.

Garda Stephen Morley said the woman was concerned that she didn’t know how much the repair would cost and suggested that they go through the ….read more

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'He just wanted a free journey. Don’t we all?': repeat fuel thief is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who drove around to various petrol stations over the course of a fortnight, filled up his tank and drove off without paying has been jailed for a year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Odinas Dziugas (22) pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fuel theft from service stations in or around the M1 motorway, on dates between August 6 and August 21 last year.

“He just wanted a free journey. Don’t we all?” remarked Judge Martin Nolan, expressing the hope that Odinas will change his habits.

“For reasons known only to himself, this man decided not to pay for his diesel,” said ….read more


'Unsafe' to convict garda murder accused, defence tell jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Stephen Silver. Photo: Collins)

It would be “unsafe” to convict Stephen Silver of the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan given the evidence that he was suffering from a relapse of his mental disorder at the time of the shooting, a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

Roisin Lacey SC, for Mr Silver’s defence, in her closing speech asked the jury to consider the evidence of consultant psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright, who told the trial that Mr Silver’s responsibility for the shooting was diminished by a relapse of his bipolar affective disorder.

Ms Lacey said there is no doubt that ….read more

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