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Former solicitor refused more time to appeal conviction over cheque fraud

Court of Appeal

A former solicitor who pleaded guilty to fraudulently converting cheques in the late 1990s has been refused an extension of time in which to appeal his conviction.

Vincent O’Donoghue (66), of Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, was extradited from Australia in 2013 after spending four years in custody fighting his surrender.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently converting cheques totalling IR£34,828 (€44,231) which were to be used as deposits on properties in Dublin and Belfast in the late 1990s.

O’Donoghue admitted fraudulently converting cheques for IR£4,000 and IR£9,643, which were entrusted to Property World by another man, to put ….read more


Murder plot trial views footage of "spotter car" outside intended victim's home

Special Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of a murder plot has today viewed CCTV footage recorded at the intended victim’s home, including clips of what the prosecution say was a “spotter car” surveilling the target.

Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8, is charged with conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th, 2017. The accused has pleaded not guilty.

Today the court was shown CCTV footage taken from the house of Mr Hanley. The court heard yesterday that Mr Hanley had four CCTV cameras installed at his home in 2017.

Separate ….read more

Dermot Richardson

County Councillor head-butted ex-wife's new partner

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dermot Richardson. Credit: Collins)

A south Dublin county councillor has received a suspended sentence for an assault on his ex-wife’s new partner on condition he pay €7,500.

Dermot Richardson (53) head-butted and punched the man knocking out two of his front teeth.

Richardson, who initially claimed to be acting in self-defence before pleading guilty, apologised in court through his lawyers and accepted his actions were ”totally out of order.”

Richardson, of Tynan Hall Grove, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Tony Greene causing him harm at Richardson’s former family home in Tallaght on the night between March 11th and ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Homeless couple avoid jail ahead of nuptials

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A homeless couple who are planning to get married next month have avoided a jail sentence for possessing €8,000 worth of heroin.

Stacey O’Dwyer (34) and Ciaran O’Toole (35) were pulled over by checkpoint gardaí at Feltrim Road, Swords, Dublin on April 27 last year where the 50g bag of heroin was discovered down O’Dwyer’s tracksuit bottoms.

After initially agreeing to be searched, O’Dwyer lashed out at the arresting gardaí, kicking and screaming, lying on the ground and refusing to get into the patrol car, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today. She was eventually carried into the car and taken to the ….read more

Stephen Manning

Lay litigant in "citizen's arrest" attempt on judge

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Stephen Manning. Credit: Collins)

An attempt was made by a lay litigant to arrest a High Court Judge, a solicitor and a barrister at the Four Courts on Thursday.

Stephen Manning, a candidate in the 2016 general election, asked Mr Justice Michael MacGrath, as well as a solicitor for the DPP and a barrister to accompany him to a Garda Station, where he could effect a citizen’s arrest.

Mr Manning, with addresses in Co Mayo, was before the court regarding judicial review proceedings he had brought.

Earlier this year the court had granted Mr Manning permission to bring a ….read more

David Byrne

Jail for man (32) who sent naked photos of himself to children

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: David Byrne. Credit: Collins)

By Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

A man who sent naked photos of himself to underage girls through a messaging service and requested similar images from the children has been jailed for production and distribution of child pornography.

David Byrne (32) also engaged in conversations online with other people who had a similar interest in child pornography. He asked for images and videos of children up to 14 years old but said he prefers images of children aged six or seven.

Garda Philip Munds said that conversations, which were printed out following technical examination of many of Byrne’s devices, ….read more

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