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Freddie Thompson

Frederick Thompson sues over prison transfer

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Frederick “Freddie” Thompson has launched a High Court challenge against the Irish Prison Service’s decision to transfer him from Cloverhill to Cork prison, and to sanction him for allege breaches of prison discipline while he was incarcerated at the Dublin prison.

Thompson (33) from Loreto Road, Maryland Dublin 8, is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to engaging in violent disorder at Morrissey’s Pub, Cork Street on January 7, 2013. He is remanded in custody until his sentence hearing on February 2 next year.

Today at the High Court Thompson’s lawyers secured permission ….read more

Pia Bang

Vino Classico Directors in contempt of court, Liquidator says


by Aodhan O’Faolain

(Pictured: Mrs Pia Bang Stokes)

The official liquidator to the former operator of the Unicorn restaurant has told the High Court the firm’s directors are in contempt of court for failing to file outstanding accounts with the Companies Registration Office.

Today at the High Court John Kennedy Bl for Mr Myles Kirby, the liquidator of Vino Classico Ltd which ran the Dublin restaurant, said directors Mrs Pia Bang Stokes and Mr Georgio Casari had not complied with an order to file the firm’s annual returns for the years 2010 to 2012 with the CRO.

The order was made in September 2013. ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Woman to stand trial charged with murdering her mother on Christmas Eve

Central Criminal Court

A 36-year-old woman has admitted killing her mother on Christmas Eve four years ago, but has denied her murder.

Greta Dudko of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin is charged with murdering 55-year-old Anna Butautiene at that address on the 24th of December, 2010.

Dudko was arraigned on the murder charge before the Central Criminal Court this morning. Speaking through an interpreter, the Lithuanian woman pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

The plea was not accepted by the DPP and Mr Justice Paul Carney swore in a jury of seven men and five women to hear the case.

Her trial will ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Butterly murder trial hears of Witness Protection Programme conversation

Special Criminal Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

The trial of three men charged with murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly has heard that their former co-accused turned prosecution witness gave gardaí information regarding an earlier fatal shooting, “happenings in Portlaoise Prison” and the structure of the IRA.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Peter Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6th, 2013.

Mr Evans and Mr ….read more


Builders seek injunctions over Lucan school construction site

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Builders JJ Rhatigan & Co have launched High Court proceedings against the trade union Unite arising out of a dispute with blocklayers who had worked on the construction of a new school in West Dublin.

JJ Rhatigans are seeking various injunctions against the Union following a number of incidents at a building site at Kishoge, Lucan, including the deliberating blocking of vehicles entering the site.

The most recent incident occurred on Tuesday morning when two protesters climbed onto and allegedly damaged a crane resulting in the Gardai shutting the site down on Health and safety grounds.

The ….read more

Finnstown House

Man charged with possession of explosives at Finnstown House to stand trial in 2016

Special Criminal Court

A 55-year-old man will stand trial at the Special Criminal Court in 2016 for the possession of explosives at Finnstown House Hotel in May.

Samuel Devlin, who is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in Dublin for a number of years, was charged before the non-jury court last May after his arrest by members of the Special Detective Unit.

Solicitor Alison O’Reilly this morning told the court that the accused man, who was served with a book of evidence, was seeking a date for trial.

Presiding judge Ms Deirdre Murphy said the court would fix February 2, 2016 for the ….read more

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