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Three avoid jail for 'disturbing' attack on man who made derogatory remark about weight

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two men and a woman have avoided jail for their drink-fuelled assaults on a man who had made a derogatory remark about the woman’s weight.

Stephen McNamee (26), his partner Natalie Mulligan (34) and her cousin Mark Connolly (26) chased Paul O’Kelly from a chipper and then punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground.

Connolly, of St Columbanus Road, Dundrum, Dublin; McNamee, of Mulvey Park, Dundrum; and Mulligan of Columbanus Estate, Dundrum each pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Rathgar Road, Rathmines, Dublin on April 24, 2018.

The attacks kicked off after Mr O’Kelly ….read more

Garda stock

Dad-of-four moved €192k in drugs as 'favour for friend'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-four who transported over €190,000 of cannabis as a favour for a friend has been jailed for four years.

James Preston (40) had been working as a labourer after he was released from jail but when building sites were shut down as a result of the Covid pandemic, he relapsed into taking drugs and agreed to act as a “courier”.

Preston, of Wellview House, Tonlegee Road, Raheny, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at Tonlegee Road, Raheny, on May 1, 2020. He has 92 previous convictions, including convictions for robbery and attempted ….read more

Outside Stock

Juror alleged fellow jurors engaged in bullying and were 'confused about basics of trial'

Court of Appeal

A juror involved in convicting a man of raping his niece has alleged that fellow jurors engaged in bullying and that they did not understand the basic principles of a criminal trial.

It emerged during a Court of Appeal application today that the juror contacted lawyers acting for the convicted man complaining about the behaviour of his fellow jurors. After granting the man more time to lodge his appeal today, the Court of Appeal will later hear arguments as to whether the unusual revelations could lead to the conviction being overturned.

The man had denied but was convicted in January 2020 ….read more

CCJ inside court

Woman wanted for designer handbag theft denied bail

Court of Appeal

A 53-year-old woman who is wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged theft of six designer handbags has been refused permission to seek bail.

Catherine Gaffney, with an address at Carraroe Avenue, Grange, Dublin 13, is in custody in the Dochas Centre at Mountjoy Prison as a result of convictions at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and will be surrendered to the UK authorities on completion of her sentence.

The Court of Appeal heard today that the Dochas Centre has decided Gaffney qualifies for temporary release as part of a programme to help prisoners reintegrate into the community.

However, she was unable to take ….read more

Mr Justice Denis McDonald

Judgement on insurer's refusal to pay out on Covid-19 claims is deferred

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Denis McDonald. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has deferred delivering its judgement in four important test cases brought by pub owners over insurer FBD’s refusal to pay out on business disruption claims over the Covid-19 pandemic.

The delay is to allow lawyers make further legal submissions to the court arising out of a judgement in a case, where similar issues were raised, that is due to be given on Friday by the UK’s Supreme Court.

Mr Justice Denis McDonald was due to give his judgement in the action against the FBD tomorrow. In order to allow the sides ….read more

Four Courts

Hare coursing club brings action over delisting as permitted sport

High Court

The High Court will hear an application brought by the Irish Coursing Club for an injunction allowing its activities to recommence early next week.

The ICC is seeking the injunction, as part of judicial review proceedings it has brought against the Ministers for Health and Housing, Local Government and Heritage, because the annual coursing season is limited and is due to finish at the end of February.

The Ministers are opposing both the proceedings and the injunction, which if granted would allow coursing events to take place subject to various Covid-19 measures being in place.

When the matter briefly mentioned before Mr ….read more

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