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'Immune compromised' prisoner awaiting trial for sex assault refused bail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A prisoner awaiting trial for sexual assault who has a “compromised immune system” has been refused bail.

The Dublin man (40), who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with sexually assaulting his former partner on March 17, 2019 – a charge which he denies. A trial had been fixed for Monday this week, but could not take place.

The man did not attend Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today but was instead able to view his bail application via video-link.

Garda Donal Tully told Fionnuala O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that the man’s former partner alleged he assaulted her in her bedroom, included beating ….read more

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Fishmonger's murder trial is put further back

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a fishmonger accused of murdering his partner is no longer required and the case has been put into the next list of fixed dates at the Central Criminal Court.

Edmundas Dauksa (50), of Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his partner Ingrida Maciokaite (31) at Bridgewater Mews, Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co Louth on September 18th, 2018.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the court today that it had been previously announced that no new jury trials would be commencing in the criminal courts until June 10 as ….read more

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Bail sign-on conditions relaxed due to virus outbreak

High Court

A requirement that people on bail before the courts sign-on at Garda stations is being relaxed across the justice system due to the coronavirus outbreak, Ireland International News Agency understands.

Conditions attached to bail routinely involve a requirement that people present themselves to their local Garda station sometimes daily, twice daily or two to three times a week. It ensures the person’s whereabouts is known.

However, in recent days the requirement that persons present themselves to Garda stations is being relaxed across the courts on an informal basis. Other bail conditions such as a requirement that the person keeps a mobile phone ….read more

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Fisherman who turned to violent street robberies gets six years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A fisherman who carried out a number of violent street muggings after he became addicted to heroin has been jailed for six years.

Dubliner Patrick Higgins (29) was out on bail for the armed robbery of a chipper when he carried out a string of thefts and robberies.

Higgins had already pleaded guilty to robbery of Leo Burdocks in Rathmines, south Dublin on January 10, 2017. In March 2019, he was granted bail in order to engage with the Probation Service but he “went off the rails”, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

On August 30 last year, he and an accomplice attacked ….read more

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Ian Bailey extradition hearing remains on course

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Ian Bailey. Credit: Collins)

A hearing into the proposed extradition of Ian Bailey to France, where he is facing a 25-year prison sentence for the murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, is still expected to take place in early May.

The High Court fixed May 5 as the start-date for the three-day hearing last month, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has placed many court cases in doubt. The President of the High Court has given a general practice direction that only urgent business be dealt with at present to minimise the number of people attending court.

Mr ….read more

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Development's impact on Battle of Boyne site not considered, court told

High Court

An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant planning permission for a development consisting of over 660 homes is flawed because it failed to consider its potential impact on the site of the Battle of the Boyne, the High Court has heard.

On Thursday, the court granted permission to two parties to challenge the board’s decision allowing Trailford Ltd develop 661 dwelling units, a neighbourhood centre and creche at Rathmullen, Drogheda Co Meath on the basis that it is flawed and should be set aside.

The planning application was made directly by the developer to An Bord Pleanála under a fast-track process for ….read more

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