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Parents who were first in Irish history to be convicted of FGM have convictions quashed

Court of Appeal

The father and mother of a young girl who were the first people in the State to be convicted of female genital mutilation (FGM) have had their convictions quashed on appeal.

The parents, who are originally from a French-speaking region in Africa, now face a retrial after the Court of Appeal today ruled their trial had been “unfair” because of problems with the translation of their testimony to the jury.

The couple had both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in November 2019 to one count of carrying out an act of FGM on their one-year-old ….read more

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Historian punched man during anti-Pegida protest

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Historian Kerron Ó’Luain, who took part in an attack on a man whom protesters claimed knew members of a far-right movement, has been released from the charge.

During “anti-racism” protests in Dublin city centre on February 6, 2016 Ó’Luain (34) joined a group of people who attacked a Polish man whom Ó’Luain believed knew members of the far-right group Pegida.

The victim was kicked and punched. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Ó’Luain threw one punch but then left the scene before the assault became more serious.

Ó’Luain with an address at Greenogue Drive, Rathcoole, Dublin, pleaded guilty to using unlawful violence ….read more

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Man appeals conviction for 'brutal' attack that left victim with life-changing injuries

Court of Appeal

A man who was jailed for nine years for a “brutal and savage” assault with a baseball bat has appealed against his conviction for the attack, which left his victim with life-changing injuries.

The victim of the attack, Eamon Sheehy, was beaten so badly that his own mother could not recognise him except for his tattoo, the sentencing court heard.

In July 2018, Sean Lane (28) of An Caislean Mor, Castleisland, Co Kerry, was jailed for nine years for assault causing serious harm to Mr Sheehy at St Stephen’s Park, Castleisland on January 14, 2018. Lane had denied that charge and a ….read more

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Child sexual exploitation a standalone offence, appeal court finds

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has found that a trial judge was incorrect in a ruling that led him to direct the acquittal of two men who were on trial for the alleged sexual exploitation of a young girl working on their farm.

The three-judge court found that the offence of child sexual exploitation is a stand-alone offence that does not require the prosecution to prove that the child had also been a victim of trafficking.

The issue arose due to a ruling by a Central Criminal Court judge in 2016, who said that that the relevant sections of the Child Trafficking and ….read more

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Man goes on trial accused of shotgun blast that left dog dead

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has gone on trial accused of firing a shotgun into his cousin’s home, leaving the man’s dog fatally wounded.

David Ward (36) of The Beeches, Clonshaugh Woods, Clonshaugh, Coolock is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court accused of the reckless discharge of a firearm at Belcamp lane, Dublin 17 on September 17, 2016. He is also accused of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Mr Ward has pleaded not guilty to both offences. His defence lawyer, Keith Spencer BL, told the jury that there was no doubt that shots were fired on the night but said that his client was ….read more

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Money mule tried to withdraw deposit scam cash while in school uniform

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A schoolgirl acted as a mule for money launderers in a scam which robbed a man of his deposit for a house, a court has heard.

Merveille Ngombo, now aged 19, raised suspicions when she walked into a bank in her school uniform and tried to withdraw €3,000 in cash, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Ngombo, with an address in McWilliam Street, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing cash believed to be the the proceeds of crime at Bank of Ireland, Tallaght on dates in October 2018.

Judge Karen O’Connor said that this was a sophisticated fraud but that Ngombo’s role ….read more

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