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Student teacher sues uni after Covid-19 halted graduation

High Court

A student teacher has brought High Court proceedings against Maynooth University over not being allowed graduate as she was unable to complete her teaching practice after the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to close.

The action has been brought by Ekaette Kwuogor, from Cappagh Road, Finglas Dublin 11, who had been studying for a Higher Diploma in Further Education at the university’s Department of Adult and Community Education.

The court heard that in she was accepted into the programme for the 2019-20 academic year and last January she commenced the teacher training part of her course.

The court heard that the naturalised Irish citizen ….read more

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Thief previously given suspended sentence gets jail for lodging bad cheques

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A gambler who stole nearly €45,000 from Ulster Bank by lodging cheques he knew would not clear has been jailed for 18 months.

Karim Haddouche (49) was last year given a three-year suspended sentence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for stealing €15,000 from the same bank in January 2017.

The garda investigation into the €45,000 theft – which occurred during the same period between November 2016 and January 2017 – was only concluded after he was given a suspended sentence last July. He was arrested on these latest charges in October last year.

Judge Martin Nolan, who sentenced Haddouche last July, said he ….read more

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Teen was caught with €150k in drugs

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was 18 years old when gardaí caught him holding cocaine and MDMA with an estimated street value of nearly €150,000 has been jailed.

Ben Murphy, now aged 20, initially told gardaí that he was coming back from an all-night party to celebrate his Leaving Cert results. Garda John Griffin told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Murphy appeared nervous and gardai became suspicious and carried out a drugs search.

Murphy was holding a bag of cocaine in his closed fist and gardaí also found packages of cocaine hidden down his trousers. He tried to run off but gardaí grabbed him ….read more

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'Man with a van' wound up in deep trouble as drugs courier

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A “man with a van” who advertised himself as available to do jobs as a way out of debt wound up in deeper trouble when he was caught with boxes containing €350,000 of cannabis.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Paul O’Leary’s role was simply as a courier and he had no wider involvement.

His lawyers submitted as a “man with a van” without a criminal history and who was amenable to making money, he had put a “red flag” on himself making him attractive to others after advertising his delivery service on the internet.

O’Leary (51), of Follyhouse Lane, New Ross, pleaded guilty ….read more

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Boy who raped and blackmailed cousin gets suspended sentence

Central Criminal Court

A teenager who raped and blackmailed his younger cousin in order to continue his sexual exploitation of her has received a three-year suspended sentence.

The boy, now aged 18, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the sexual exploitation of two of his cousins and the anal rape of one of them on dates in 2015 and 2016. He cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victims.

At a hearing in July 2019, Mr Justice Michael White said the case was particularly difficult and he had some serious difficulty in coming to the decision not to impose an immediate ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Jail for man who threatened to kill woman and held her against her will

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who held a woman he was dating against her will and threatened to kill her when she tried to leave has been jailed for three and a half years.

Paul Kelly (34) told the victim: “If you leave I will kill you” after she managed to get out of the house. Before she left the area that night, he told her he would come to her house and stab her.

During their relationship, he sent the victim a video of a woman’s head being cut off, Dublin Circuit Court heard today.

The court heard Kelly was arrested several days later outside ….read more

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