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Businessman jailed for six-figure VAT fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A businessman who defrauded the Revenue Commissioners of €160,000 in relation to VAT payments has been jailed for two years.

John Downes (58) made fraudulent claims for VAT refunds using fake invoices and also charged some customers VAT which he did not pass on to Revenue.

Downes, of Belville Court, Johnstown Road, Cabinteely, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to claiming repayment of VAT which his company, Premier Print and Label Ltd , was not entitled to and producing incorrect invoices on dates between 2007 and 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan said defrauding the people of Ireland of €160,000 was a serious ….read more

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Four women sexually assaulted near Connolly Station in "spree"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-six who sexually assaulted four women during “a spree of some sort” has been jailed for three years.

Macica Firea (58) was later discovered urinating at a LUAS stop after he “flashed” two security guards who refused him entry to the tram.

Firea of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of three women on Amiens Street, Dublin, and the further sexual assault of another woman on Commons Street, Dublin 1, on July 10 last.

Passing sentence today, Judge Martin Nolan said the assaults amounted to a gross invasion of the “privacy and bodily integrity” ….read more

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Not guilty verdict directed in IRA trial where gardai refused to release secret material

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Justice Tara Burns. Credit: Collins)

Two men charged in connection with the murder of a dissident republican have been found not guilty by direction of the Special Criminal Court, after a trial where gardai refused to release secret material in the case, despite a court ruling that it should be disclosed.

The trial had sat for 36 days.

The non-jury court today ruled that the head of the Special Detective Unit’s “belief evidence” as to the men’s IRA membership was inadmissible because “issues of unfairness” arose in light of his “blanket” claim of privilege over the material upon which ….read more

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Grow house operators given 2.5 years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: File photo of a cannabis grow house seizure. Credit: Collins)

Three Portuguese men who cultivated cannabis in “a sophisticated grow house” have been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Miguel Lopez Lima (28) of no fixed abode, Dublin 1, Perdor Barbosa (34) of Suffolk Street, Rochdale, England, and Hugo De Silva (23) of no fixed abode, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivating cannabis at Frederick Lane North, Dublin 1, on March 2, last.

Detective Garda Liam Brennan told Grainne O’Neill BL, prosecuting, that gardaí obtained a search warrant for the address on foot of confidential information and observed the ….read more

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Sex offender jailed for assaulting garda

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson and Isabel Hayes

A convicted sex offender who assaulted a garda who was helping social workers remove his baby from his care has been jailed for two years and four months.

The victim in the case, Garda Barry Purcell, said that in his 12 years in the gardaí, he had never experienced such an assault or aggression as he had in this incident.

The 33-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his child, was convicted by a jury of assault causing harm to Gda Purcell in Dublin on June 16, 2016, following a trial last October ….read more

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O'Leary denies creating "culture of fear" at Ryanair

High Court

(Pictured: Ryanair CEO Mr Michael O’Leary. Credit: Collins)

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has rejected claims that he created “a culture of fear” among the airline’s pilots out on sick leave from work.

The issue of pilot attendances was an area of responsibility of Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew, who Ryanair has sued over his decision to take up employment with easyJet.

Mr O’Leary also denied today that he had almost come to “fisty cuffs” with a now former-employee but accepted that he may have used some bad language to describe that person. He further denied being verbally abusive to Mr Bellew in ….read more

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