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"Gross negligence" conviction for shooting wife dead is upheld

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Oliver Kierans. Credit: Collins)

A man found guilty of shooting his wife dead in an act of gross negligence has lost an appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Oliver Kierans (60) of Drumbannon, Bailieborough in Cavan, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Patricia Kierans (54), his wife of 33 years, at his home address on September 5th, 2013.

He was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a majority jury verdict following fifteen hours of deliberations.

Kierans was also found guilty of possessing a double barrel sawn-off shotgun and possessing the weapon with intent ….read more

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Psychiatric reports ordered on boy (16) who tried to murder woman he met online

Central Criminal Court

A judge has ordered that a consultant psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist prepare reports on a 16-year-old boy, who tried to murder a woman he had met online.

The young woman previously gave evidence of taking what she thought was her last breath, as the teenager tried to ‘choke the life’ out of her before slashing her neck with a knife and leaving her for dead.

Stephanie Ng told the Central Criminal Court that she later felt that the then 15-year-old was frustrated with himself for not having killed her.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was back before the ….read more


UK equity manager launches action over "offensive", "pro-Brexit" Twitter account

High Court

The managing partner of a London-based private equity firm has launched High Court proceedings over a Twitter account he claims is being used to smear his reputation.

The action has been taken by Mr Philip Rattle, of August Equity LLP, who claims both he and his family have been upset by posts on a Twitter account set up in his name, which he has nothing to do with.

Mr Rattle doe not have a Twitter account, nor does he have an online presence. The tweets, he claims, are deliberately targeted towards maligning him and causing serious damage to his reputation. ….read more

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Professional, spandex-wearing gang avoid extra jail time over foiled €2m robbery

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Stefan Saunders. Credit: Collins)

A gang who tried to steal over €2m from a cash-in-transit van in Co Meath three years ago have been given no extra jail time, despite an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Stefan Saunders (41), from Hazelbury Park, Blanchardstown in Dublin, Francis Murphy (39), from Drogheda Road, Carranstown, Duleek, Co Louth and Damien Noonan (32), from Rusheeny Court, Hartstown, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit robbery on dates between August 26 and October 7, 2016.

Saunders and Murphy also pleaded guilty to carrying a semi-automatic pistol at Yeats Centre, Navan Road, Dunboyne ….read more

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Five years for paedophile who sexually abused and exploited boy (10)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Jessica Magee

A 42-year-old Dublin man has been jailed for five years for child pornography offences and for abusing and sexually exploiting a young boy.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexually assaulting a boy, sexual exploitation of a boy and producing child pornography between 2011 and 2013.

He further pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography for distribution within in the State on July 11, 2006 and to possessing child porn images, videos, texts and documents on computer media on ….read more

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Melee after would-be knife attacker thrown out of pub

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who was thrown out of a pub by a gang of men after he went in armed with two kitchen knifes has been jailed for six months.

Jason Farrell (26) had two large knives went he went into The Auld Triangle pub in Dublin city centre and approached a group of men.

Garda Sergeant Ken Houlahan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that on February 2, 2018, he was in an unmarked patrol car when he saw a melee outside the pub on Gardiner Street, Dublin.

He said he saw a group of men forcefully ejecting Farrell from the pub. He ….read more

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