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Man who posed as teenage girl on facebook to sexually exploit boys to be sentenced in December

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Declan Brennan

A young man who posed as a teenage girl on Facebook in order to sexually exploit boys will be sentenced in December.

The 21 year old, who was 19 at the time, convinced three boys aged between 13 and 14, to send him sexually explicit pictures of themselves and to masturbate via an online video link.

He later told gardai that he didn’t think there was anything wrong with what he was doing and that he did it to explore his sexuality.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she would deal with the issue of publishing the man’s identity when the she ….read more

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Cork man who sexually abused his younger sister sentenced to five years

Central Criminal Court

A 36-year-old Cork man who sexually abused his younger sister during their childhood and teens has been given a five year sentence.

The man, who cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons, was convicted by a jury following a trial last July at the Central Criminal Court, sitting in Cork, of 23 counts of sexual assault against his sister at homes the family resided in between 1991 and 1997. He has been in custody since his conviction.

The abuse began when the accused man, who has learning difficulties, was 14 years old and his sister was ten years old. It ….read more

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Jury told to find soldier not guilty of assaulting three gardai due to insufficient evidence

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

The mother of a soldier accused of assaulting two gardai has told his trial that gardai behaved disrespectfully in her home and beat her son in their bathroom.

Naoise O’Conarain (22) of Redwood Lawn, Kilnamanagh, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting gardaí Andrew Quinn and Fiachra Molloy causing them harm at his home on March 10, 2013.

He has also denied charges of assaulting gardaí Ross Foy, Kevin Keane and Simon Butler on the same date.

Judge Patrick McCartan told the jury today that the accused was to be found not guilty on four counts, ….read more


Autistic woman who harassed former colleague's wife has sentencing adjourned

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An autistic woman who harassed a former colleague’s wife has been spared jail for one year to see how she gets on in the community while continuing with her medication and treatment.

Gráinne O’Toole (41) had been diagnosed with autism and obsessive persecution delusions but was remanded in custody last July after she again tweeted about her victim.

The court was told at the original sentence hearing that O’Toole made over 310 abusive texts, calls and tweets to Jennifer Doran, with an average 35 calls a day during one month.

O’Toole of Willow Park Grove, Glasnevin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Suspended sentence for man who threatened garda with knife and assaulted two others

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father of five who threatened a garda with a knife while he was covered in his own blood has been given a three year suspended sentence for this and two assaults on two other gardaí.

James O’Driscoll (33) of Champion’s Avenue, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to production of a knife during the course of a dispute and threatening to kill Garda Neil Cepeda at an apartment complex on East Road, East Wall on February 18, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Garda James King in the Mater Hospital on June 29, 2012 and assaulting Garda ….read more

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Quinn family granted transcript of Anglo trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Pat Whelan (52))

by Declan Brennan

A judge has ordered that the family of business man Sean Quinn can receive transcripts of the criminal trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives after lawyers for the bankers withdrew their objections.

Previously lawyers for Pat Whelan (52) described a request by the Quinn family for the transcript as a “fishing expedition”.

Pat Whelan and William McAteer (63) were convicted last April of breaching the Companies Act by illegally lending money to the Maple Ten group of investors so they could buy shares in Anglo. This was for the purpose ….read more

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