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12 years for 'monster' who got 11 character references after raping partner and her son

Central Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A “sick monster” who had 11 character references handed into court after raping his partner and her son, making the family’s life a “living hell”, has been jailed for 12 years.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath today said he had considered character references submitted on behalf of the defendant, which indicated the referees were informed of his conviction but spoke of his “good standing” in the community.

“These also serve to highlight the often secret nature of domestic violence,” Mr Justice McGrath noted.

The defendant, whom several references described as a “caring father” and a good friend, was unanimously found guilty ….read more

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Dealer jailed after two raids on home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Claire Henry

A drug dealer has been jailed for two and a half years for the possession of drugs worth over €20,000 after two raids on his home in the space of 15 months.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a search warrant was granted to search the property of Declan Fagan (38) of Pearse Street, Sallynoggin and Gardaí arrived at the property on September 11, 2019.

Garda John Hynes told Eoin Lawlor BL, prosecuting, that when they arrived at the home of Fagan, they cautioned him. Fagan told gardaí that there “was weed in the house”.

One large bag and seven small ….read more

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Man jailed for sex abuse of niece in 1990s

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Claire Henry

A man in his 60s has been sentenced to two years in prison for the sexual assault of his niece in the 1990s.

Anita Byrne waived her right to anonymity in order to name her uncle Paul Farrell (65) of Breffni Gardens, Baldoyle, Dublin 13. Farrell was found guilty in June 2022 of one count of sexual assault and ten sample counts of sexual assault dating back from 1992 to 1993.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the first offence took place on the day of the funeral removal of Ms Byrne’s grandfather.

Farrell asked Ms Byrne to get something from ….read more

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Monk's Supreme Court bid to prevent non-jury trial for Regency murder fails

Supreme Court

A bid by Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and ex-Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall to prevent their trial for the Regency Hotel murder taking place before the non-jury Special Criminal Court has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

In what was a unanimous decision on Friday morning, a five-judge Supreme Court cleared the way for the two men’s trial to proceed before the SCC.

Hutch (58), who was extradited from Spain, and former Dublin City councillor Dowdall (44), of Navan Road, Dublin, are both charged with the murder of David Byrne (33) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on February 5, 2016. ….read more

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Teen who had knife outside garda station avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A young woman with mental health difficulties who repeatedly showed up at a garda station with a knife in her possession has received a fully suspended prison sentence.

Alina Buckley (19) was experiencing severe mental health difficulties at the time and was abusive towards gardaí during these incidents.

Buckley, of Trimleston Gardens, Booterstown, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife at three locations in the vicinity of Blackrock Garda Station on January 20, 2020, February 1, 2020 and May 15, 2020.

She also pleaded guilty to a count of threatening behaviour at Sweetman’s Avenue, Blackrock on April 10, 2020. Buckley has ….read more

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Garda killer Brady gets trial date over leaked witness video

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Aaron Brady. Photo: Collins)

Garda killer Aaron Brady and another man will stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court next year accused of plotting to pervert the course of justice.

Brady and co-accused Dean Byrne are charged with conspiring to persuade a State witness not to testify during Brady’s trial for the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

Brady had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the married father-of-two but a Central Criminal Court jury found him guilty by a majority verdict in August 2020 ….read more

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