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Son who stabbed mother and step-father during cocaine psychosis is jailed

Central Criminal Court

A man who stabbed his mother and step-father during a cocaine-induced psychotic episode has been jailed for four years at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Justice Michael White said that Conor Dreelan (25) was entitled to a lesser sentence due to his temporary psychotic condition, which had been described in psychiatric reports submitted to the court. He said Dreelan was “in shock” when he realised the harm he had caused and that he shows no evidence of psychosis when not using drugs. The court previously heard that Dreelan had taken 2 grams of cocaine the day before the assault on his ….read more

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Serial sex attacker Gierlowski has 10 years added to sentence

Central Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan & Brion Hoban

A serial sex attacker who attempted to rape a woman during a late night attack in public has had ten years added to the lengthy prison term he is serving for other attacks.

In 2018 Slawomir Gierlowski (36) was jailed for 22.5 years, with four years suspended, for random outdoor attacks on three other women. Those attacks took place in the Clondalkin area between 2011 and 2016.

After a Central Criminal Court trial in May 2019 Gierlowski of Galtymore Drive, Drimnagh, Dublin was convicted of attempted rape, sexual assault and assault causing harm of a fourth victim ….read more

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Hutch murder accused to stand trial at Special Criminal Court

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man will go on trial next year at the non-jury Special Criminal Court charged with the murder of a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch five years ago.

Thomas McConnell (35) of Sillogue Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin 11, is charged with the murder of Gareth Hutch (36), contrary to common law, on May 24, 2016, at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1.

Fiona Murphy SC, for the State, said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was applying to have Mr McConnell’s trial heard before the three-judge court.

In certain cases the State can apply for a certificate to transfer ….read more

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Senior Kinahan cartel member jailed for 11 years over murder plot

Special Criminal Court

Senior Kinahan cartel member Peter Keating, who admitted directing the activities of the crime group in their failed attempt to murder Hutch gang member James ‘Mago’ Gately, has been jailed for 11 years by the Special Criminal Court today.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt today said that Keating (40) was a “repository of trust and confidence” for the organised crime group.

Speaking outside court, gardai said that the investigation highlighted the transnational outreach of organised crime, whose members “do not recognise law or respect our borders”.

Mr Justice Hunt said that Keating of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty in July of ….read more

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Four get sentences totalling 33 years for gangland murder plot

Central Criminal Court

Four men involved in a conspiracy to murder gangland criminal Wayne Whelan have been jailed for a total of 33 years by a judge at the Central Criminal Court.

Whelan survived the murder attempt but was subsequently shot dead following another attack in November 2019.

Mr Justice Michael White today said he was “shocked by the callous indifference” shown by the men involved in the attempt to murder Mr Whelan. He said Wayne Ryan, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, had taken part in a “planned, cold-blooded attack in broad daylight” outside Mr Whelan’s home.

Ryan (41) with an address at Lanna Aoibhann, ….read more

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Man who had 'Toddy' Dooley murder conviction quashed is released from prison

Central Criminal Court

A man who had his murder conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal has been released from prison having spent nearly seven years in custody.

James Davy was originally convicted of the murder of 64-year-old Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley and was serving a life sentence but his conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal and substituted with a conviction for assisting an offender.

Mr Justice Michael White at the Central Criminal Court today sentenced Davy to nine years and said he has served his sentence and should be released, having gone into custody in November 2014.

Matthew Cummins, who also had his ….read more

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