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Man who stole €178k in welfare payments had house in UAE and €47k in savings

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

A man who stole €178,000 in social welfare payments and used part of it to fund his masters degree has been sentenced to four years with the final two years suspended.

Mazin Albaqir (51) failed to tell department officials that he had a property in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with an approximate value of €110,000, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard previously.

He also failed to disclose savings of €47,500, prosecution barrister James Dwyer SC told the court.

Albaqir, with an address in Old Court Avenue, Firhouse, Dublin, pleaded guilty to seven counts of stealing social welfare payments ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Drunk driver who knocked down three elderly men after burglary spree withdraws appeal after warning

Court of Appeal

A drunk driver who knocked down three elderly men with his car after a burglary spree, has withdrawn an appeal against his eight-year sentence after being told his sentence could also be increased.

Michael Sheehan (29), of Cliona Park, Moyross, in Limerick, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to the gentlemen on their way home from regular pitch and putt in Co Clare on September 25, 2014.

Then 79-year-old former Limerick hurler, Eric Ryan, lost a leg while William Barry, a retired garda, who was also in his 70s, suffered bleeding to the brain. A third man in ….read more

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Six-year sentence for homeless man who set fire to flat

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Aoife Nic Ardghail & Brion Hoban

A homeless man who set fire to an acquaintance’s flat and caused over €29,000 damage has received a partially suspended sentence.

Alan Jackson (32), who is of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage by arson at Rathmines Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin, on August 21, 2017.

Judge Martina Baxter sentenced him to six years imprisonment, but suspended the final 18 months for a period of 18 months provided he engage with the Probation Services upon his release.

Garda Barry Bolton told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that the injured party, Patricia Martin, knew ….read more

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On-bail accused spat whiskey and stole phones

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban

A man who spit whiskey onto a restaurant floor and then stole two mobile phones while on bail has had the balance of his sentence suspended.

Michai Wisniewski (36), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of mobile phones at Pizza Macs, East Wall, Dublin, on August 30, 2017.

Judge Martina Baxter sentenced Wisniewski to 18 months imprisonment backdated to October 29, 2017, the day he first went into custody and suspended the balance of the sentence on the condition that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

The court heard that ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man who attacked stepson and threatened to slit his throat avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes & Brion Hoban

A man who assaulted his adult stepson and threatened to slit his throat in a row over keeping the garden tidy has received a fully suspended sentence.

David McDermott (43) with an address in Saul Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of assault causing harm at Summerville Avenue, Walkinstown, on June 23, 2017.

Judge Martina Baxter sentenced McDermott to two and a half years imprisonment, but suspended the entirety of the sentence provided he keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Detective Garda Eamon Moloney told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, ….read more

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Man accused of murder in "love triangle" trial

Central Criminal Court

A 40-year-old man has gone on trial charged with murdering the other man in a Dublin love triangle.

Keith Connorton is accused of stabbing Graham McKeever to death as the 29-year-old came to the aid of Mr Connorton’s former partner.

Mr Connorton, of Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning, charged with murdering Mr McKeever at an apartment there on 18 February 2017.

Dressed in a checked shirt, he stood and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A jury of nine men and three women was sworn in to hear the trial and Brendan Grehan SC opened the ….read more

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