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Kinahan Cartel member claimed social welfare while laundering crime cash

Special Criminal Court

A “mid-tier” Kinahan Cartel member never paid tax and was claiming State benefits while laundering tens of thousands of euro in crime cash, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Lawyers for Sean Ruth today told the non-jury court however that he has since reformed, has “taken his medicine” and won’t benefit from going back to prison.

During today’s sentence hearing, the court heard that Ruth allowed his bank accounts to be used for money laundering but has disassociated himself from criminal activity since his 2019 release from prison on a firearms conviction.

Ruth was previously jailed for three years by the ….read more

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Woman smeared 'PIGS' on prison cell wall in menstrual blood

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman who kicked a garda in the groin and smeared the word “PIGS” in menstrual blood on a prison cell wall has been told by a judge that she should be ashamed of her behaviour.

Judge Elma Sheahan said the actions of Lisa Geoghegan (34) showed an immense lack of respect for herself and for those charged with upholding the law.

After a trial in February 2020, a jury convicted Geoghegan of assault causing harm to Aidan Kenna and of assaulting Garda Anthony Sugrue at Willans Way, Blanchardstown on August 9, 2017.

Geoghegan of Glovers Court, York Street, Dublin had pleaded guilty ….read more

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Publican released after 115 days in Mountjoy

High Court

The High Court has directed that a businessman jailed over his failure to comply with an order to stay away from two properties in Co Monaghan be released from Mountjoy Prison.

Mr Justice Senan Allen said that the continued imprisonment of Fergal Deery, who spent 115 days behind bars including the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, “was no longer necessary” to ensure that the court’s authority was vindicated.

The judge said that if there was any further disobedience in regards to the order by Mr Deery or anybody else, then they would be brought back before the court to answer for it.

The ….read more

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Ex Garda who abused girl (11) fails in appeal against release conditions

Court of Appeal

A former garda who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl and was found in possession of child pornography has lost an appeal against the conditions laid down for his post-release supervision.

The 60-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, has already been released from prison but is subject to three years of post-release supervision. His lawyers had argued to the three-judge Court of Appeal that the supervision period was disproportionate.

Delivering judgement today on behalf of the court, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said the supervision order was “fair and reasonable and entirely justified” given the nature of the ….read more

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'Predator' jailed for sexual assault on sleeping woman

Central Criminal Court

A “predator” who messaged a woman and admitted sexually assaulting her sister while she slept has been jailed for three and a half years.

The man texted the victim’s sister after the assault and admitted that he had carried her to bed after she had fallen asleep. “I just did it and she woke up,” one message said.

The woman stated in her victim impact statement that her friend knew she was “vulnerable, intoxicated and unable to look after myself”, before she described him as “a predator” who “took advantage of me”.

The 27-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity ….read more

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Homeless man gets six years for serious random attack on stranger

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A homeless man who used his watch and a glass to seriously injure a stranger during a “random” early-morning attack in Dublin city centre has been jailed for six years.

Dylan O’Neill (20) and the man exchanged words outside McDonalds on O’Connell Street prior to the assault, which left the victim scarred and suffering paralysis on one side of his face.

O’Neill, then 19 years old and homeless, first punched the man, before hitting him again into the face with his watch and then throwing a glass which hit him on the face.

O’Neill of Carman’s Hall, Dublin 8 pleaded guilty at Dublin ….read more

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