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Murder plotter scolded co-accused in secret recording

Special Criminal Court

A court has heard that a Dublin man awaiting sentence for plotting to murder Gary Hanley scolded one of his co-accused, telling him he had “fucked up” on the day he “went to court”, in a recording secretly captured by gardai in a bugged car.

The man was also observed by gardai with two other men in the Phoenix Park at the same time tracking devices “pinged” in the park, two days before the devices were discovered on Mr Hanley’s car.

Father-of-three Dean Howe (34) with an address at Oakfield, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty before Christmas to conspiring with others to murder ….read more

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First insolvency arrangement involving "debt for equity" swap is agreed

High Court

The High Court has approved a Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) for a Co Meath-based businessman with debts of over €2m.

The PIA was granted in favour of Neal Sweeney, of Liscarton House, Navan Co Meath.

The PIA is the first to be approved by the High Court which involves a debt for equity swap. The PIA was approved in a recent decision by Mr Justice Denis McDonald.

Mr Sweeney’s main secured creditor is financial fund Promontoria Scarriff DAC. Other creditors include Promontoria Finn Ltd, and Cabot Finance Ireland Ltd.

The application to approve Mr Sweeney’s PIA, where his main creditor has accepted a ….read more

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Man who sexually assaulted friend at 16 will not face more time in custody

Central Criminal Court

A man who sexually assaulted his female friend when they were both aged 16 will not face a prison sentence, a Central Criminal Court judge has said.

The 22-year-old Dubliner, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim, has already spent nine months in custody after he failed to appear before the Children’s Court in 2018.

He pleaded guilty to one count of sexually assaulting the girl, who he had been in school with, at an address in Dublin on August 1, 2014, while she was asleep in bed following a drinks party.

Following a sentence hearing today, Mr Justice ….read more

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Accused told gardai that partner said he was sorry for hurting her mam, mountains murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Louise O’Connor. Credit: Collins)

A woman accused of impeding the investigation into her mother’s alleged murder told gardai that her partner told her he was sorry for hurting her mother and did not mean to do it but she had been “lashing out” at him with “a hurl”, a trial has heard.

The woman said father-of-three Kieran Greene, who is accused of murdering retired hospital worker Patricia O’Connor at her Rathfarnham home, also told her: “I have to hand myself in, I can’t live with this.”

The jury was today listening to a voluntary statement made by the daughter of the ….read more

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Saliva on child's underwear matched accused's DNA, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl his wife was minding in their family home has heard that saliva found on the child’s underwear matched the DNA profile of the accused.

The 59-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of sexually assaulting the then four-year-old child on dates between July 27, 2016 and July 11, 2017.

The child’s mother and the accused’s family had been very friendly for a number of years and her daughter had been minded by both the man’s daughter and wife from the time the child ….read more


Shopkeep jailed for allowing bank account be used in €200k fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father of five who allowed his bank account to be used in a fraud because he was under financial pressure has been jailed.

Mohammed Nasser Mohiuddin (48) a Dublin shop keeper, told gardaí he was promised €10,000 if he allowed over €200,000 to be transferred into his bank account.

The money was transferred in five separate transactions between February and March 2017 but Mohiuddin never received the €10,000.

Garda Stephen Daly told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting, that money was effectively stolen from a company called Enercon GMBH, a wind turbine manufacturer and distributor, through an “invoice redirect fraud”.

The company received an email ….read more

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