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Aspiring DJ who concealed heroin between buttocks given "one last chance"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An aspiring DJ found concealing heroin between his buttocks in a garda station has been given a suspended jail term of two and a half years.

Judge Karen O’Connor said she was giving Mark Sorahan (44) one last chance at rehabilitation.

Sorahan, of Ferrycarrig Drive, Coolock, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin for sale or supply and obstruction of a garda in the course of a search at Priorswood Road, Priorswood on March 16, 2018.

Sorahan told gardaí he had bought the drugs in an effort to make money to fund repairs to his girlfriend’s car.

Sergeant Killian ….read more

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Newry bombing accused acquitted after DNA evidence found unreliable

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Darren Weldon. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin man has been acquitted of IRA membership after the Special Criminal Court found it could not rely on DNA evidence recovered from a number plate used in a car bomb attack at Newry courthouse over nine years ago.

It was the prosecution’s case that DNA evidence linked Darren Weldon to a number plate found in the debris of a car bomb which exploded outside Newry courthouse on February 22, 2010.

Darren Weldon (47), from Kilbarrack in Dublin but with an address at Drinadaly in Trim, Co Meath, had pleaded not guilty to membership of ….read more

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Teen who tried to murder woman accessed extreme porn from young age

Central Criminal Court

A teenager, who attempted to murder a woman he met online, had unsupervised access to extreme pornography from a young age, unknown contact with the dark web, and poses a ‘potentially-fatal’ risk to others, according to a forensic psychiatrist.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that his parents were of the view that the antidepressant the then 15-year-old was taking was relevant to why he committed the offence.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, is now 16. He has pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Stephanie Ng on 23rd December 2017 at Sea Front, Queen’s Road, Dun Laoghaire.

He ….read more

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Sentences totalling 20 years for pair who helped criminals murder Vinnie Ryan

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Kelly Smyth, partner of the late Vincent Ryan, speaking outside court today. Credit: Collins)

Two men have been sentenced to a total of 20 years for helping a criminal gang to murder Vinnie Ryan, a brother of slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan.

Jeffrey Morrow received the longer sentence of eleven years after Mr Justice Michael White detailed his history of crimes, including conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van carrying €1million.

Paul O’Beirne was sentenced to nine years, with Mr Justice White saying he finds it difficult to understand why a man with no history of criminal activity got involved ….read more

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Woman gets four-year jail term for killing violent alcoholic boyfriend

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Inga Ozolina. Credit: Collins)

A woman who killed her violent alcoholic boyfriend, who she said had made her life “a living hell” and whom she had obtained two safety orders against, has been jailed for four years for manslaughter.

At the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Alexander Owens said that the mother of two regrets her former partner died but had not accepted responsibility for his death.

“There is no doubt that the activity of the defendant and the fracas was not purely defensive,” noted the judge, adding that she had lost self-control on the night. However, Mr Justice Owens ….read more

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"Devious" psychic who laundered €1.6m is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former psychic convicted of the money laundering of €1.6 million has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Simon Gold (54), with an address of Augharan, Aughavas, Co Leitrim, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to charges including money laundering, theft, deception and control of false instruments on dates between January 1, 2010 and October 22, 2012.

After over two weeks of evidence, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on 20 counts after deliberating for over 12 hours. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on a single count of deception relating to €28,000 transferred ….read more

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