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Michael Lynn tells trial he saw beheading of Brazilian prisoner

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Michael Lynn. Photo: Collins)

By Peter Murtagh

Former solicitor Michael Lynn has told his multi-million euro theft trial that, while in jail awaiting extradition from Brazil, he saw a prisoner beheaded by other inmates.

He also described the conditions in his Brazilian prison as “like something from Game of Thrones”.

Mr Lynn (53) continued giving evidence at his Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial today. He described what life was like in a Brazilian prison after his arrest in August 2013 in Recife, a coastal city in north-east Brazil.

He said the jail where he was held was beside a dump – “a very ….read more

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'Words count': judge says use of word 'abandonment' in adoption laws causing unnecessary hurt

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Max Barrett. Photo: Collins)

The use of words such as “abandonment” in laws and legislation concerning adoptions is causing “unnecessary hurt and difficulties in many adoption proceedings,” a High Court judge has said.

The remarks were made by Mr Justice Max Barrett in a judgement where he approved an application regarding a teenage boy who wants to be adopted by the family who have cared for him since he was a very young child.

The parties cannot be named for legal reasons.

The judge said that more sensitive wording should be used in such laws to describe parents whose child is ….read more


Delivery riders protecting themselves and had 'hands up', witness tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Mr Tiago da Silva. Photo: Collins)

Two Brazilian food delivery riders were protecting themselves from being attacked by a gang of youths on the night schoolboy Josh Dunne was killed and had their hands up “in defence”, a fellow delivery cyclist has told the Central Criminal Court.

An eye witness also told the court that she thought the delivery cyclists were in danger as it was “10 against two”.

George Gonzaga Bento (36), a Brazilian national, with an address in East Wall in Dublin 3 is charged with murdering 16-year-old Josh at East Wall Road, East Wall on January 26, ….read more

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Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges by the Monk and ex-SF councillor to non-jury trial

Supreme Court

(Pictured: Gerry Hutch. Photo: Collins)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals by Gerry “The Monk” Hutch and ex-Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall aimed at preventing their trials going ahead before the non-jury Special Criminal Court on charges of murder arising out of the Regency Hotel attack in 2016.

Earlier this year Mr Justice Anthony Barr in the High Court ruled that, having considered all the various arguments raised by the parties, their actions aimed at preventing their trials from proceeding before the SCC “must be refused”.

The judge said there was no basis in law to prevent the Director of Public ….read more

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Former Garda Superintendant admits having large amount of drugs

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Claire Henry

An ex-Garda Superintendent has admitted having a large amount of cannabis for sale or supply at his home last year.

John Murphy (61) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, via a video link from Cloverhill Prison, to having cannabis, worth more than €13,000, for sale or supply at his home in North Dublin on September 29, 2021.

Murphy was remanded in continuing custody until October 4, 2022 for sentence.

A sitting of Dublin District Court previously heard that Murphy’s address was not read out due to security concerns.

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Uncle who abused niece at sleepover has jail term cut

Court of Appeal

A 49-year-old man who was jailed for sexually assaulting his 10-year-old niece at a sleepover has had his five-year sentence reduced by one year on appeal.

The man had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the girl, who was also his goddaughter, when she was staying with cousins on November 27, 2016.

But a jury found him guilty of one count contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape Amended) Act 1990, and he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Judge Patrick Meghen following a trial at Kilkenny Circuit Criminal Court last June.

The man, who was 43 ….read more

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