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Mentally ill man living in 'appalling squalor'

High Court

The President of the High Court has made orders allowing the HSE detain and admit to a hospital for medical treatment a man whose life is at risk from wallowing in his own faeces and urine.

The court heard that the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, suffers from mental health conditions and has spent several years as a patient in psychiatric facilities.

He is prone to violent outbursts and considered a risk to his family, women and vulnerable people, the court also heard.

He has been diagnosed as being emotionally unstable and having Factitious Disorder. He has also told ….read more

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Survivor tells serial abuser he will 'not hold any power over us ever again'

Central Criminal Court

One of the victims of a serial sexual abuser has said the man will “not hold any power over us ever again”, a court has heard.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the 58-year-old man sexually assaulted 14 girls in his flat over a period of years in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The Dublin man, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the victims, had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting four girls at his then home in Dublin on dates beginning in May 1994 and ending in February 2001.

Following a trial in March 2020, a jury returned guilty ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Abuser's 'no comment' answers should not have gone to jury, appeal told

Court of Appeal

A 53-year-old man has appealed his convictions for indecent assault on his younger sisters in the 1980s, on the basis that the judge allowed his ‘no comment’ answers to Gardaí to go before the jury.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identities of his sisters, has also appealed his prison sentence.

He had pleaded not guilty to five counts against one sister, aged 11 or 12, when he was 14 or 15. He also denied one count against his other sister, aged 12 or 13, when he was 18 or 19.

He went on trial before the Circuit Criminal Court ….read more

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Smuggler stashed cocaine pellets in wine box as he 'couldn't face' swallowing them

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drugs smuggler who stashed 73 pellets of cocaine in a wine box because he couldn’t face ingesting them has been jailed for two years.

Alfa So (31) from Lisbon, Portugal, was stopped by customs officers when he flew into Dublin airport on July 3 last year. When they searched his bag, officers found just over €51,000 worth of cocaine squeezed into a wine box.

So, who has no previous convictions, told gardaí he wanted to sell the cocaine for profit so he could buy a farm with some cattle and goats for his family back in Portugal.

“My intention was not to ….read more

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Man who was part of 'Whacker' Duffy mob has suspended sentence reactivated

Special Criminal Court

A man who was given a three-year suspended sentence for his role in a “mob” that falsely imprisoned a man and his family has had it reactivated after he was convicted of assaulting and threatening to shoot his sister and her husband.

Earlier this month, Christopher Maguire (42) with an address at Moatview Close, Priorswood, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to production of an article, assault and making threats to kill or cause serious harm at Killester Avenue, Killester, on May 10, 2019.

Maguire also pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidating a witness at Harry Byrne’s public house, ….read more

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Waters & O'Doherty to appeal refusal to challenge pandemic laws

High Court

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John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty are to appeal the High Court’s refusal to grant them permission to challenge laws introduced by the State due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The High Court today heard of their intention to appeal Mr Justice Charles Meenan’s decision during arguments as to who should pay the legals costs of their action against the State and the Minister for Health, and where the Dail the Seanad and the Ceann Comhairle were notice parties.

When making submissions to the court on the issues of costs, both Ms O’Doherty and ….read more

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