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Robbery victim kicked '20 to 30' times while on ground

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A robbery victim had a glass bottle broken over his head from behind and was kicked 20 to 30 times on the ground by a serial offender who carried out an armed raid just two days beforehand, the circuit court has heard.

Joseph O’Brien (35) twice struck the man on the back of the head with a glass bottle. The victim fell to the ground and was kicked repeatedly before having his phone stolen.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that two days prior to this robbery, O’Brien had gone into a pharmacy with a knife, grabbed a member of staff and forced ….read more


Lecturer claims university failed to consider dyslexia

High Court

A lecturer has claimed before the High Court that he failed to secure a full-time post because the third level institution he works at failed to consider his dyslexia.

As a result of university’s decision, he claims that his employment will terminate at the end of December.

The High Court heard that since 2016, he has been employed at the college as a ‘lecturer below the bar’.

Earlier this year he applied for tenure, or a full-time position, known as progression across the merit bar at the university.

The lecturer claims that unless such a promotion is achieved by a lecturer ‘below the bar’ ….read more

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Jeep did not stop as it ran over Irish boxing champ, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A jeep did not stop as it ran over Irish boxing champion Kevin Sheehy, while there was evidence of drag marks at the scene, a murder trial has heard.

Logan Jackson (31), of Longford Road, Coventry, England has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to Mr Sheehy’s (20) manslaughter at Hyde Road in Limerick city on July 1, 2019.

Mr Sheehy, a five times Irish boxing champion, died after being struck by a UK-registered black Mitsubishi jeep shortly after leaving a late-night house party in Limerick. His body was found lying on the road at about 4.40am.

The jury has heard ….read more


Man avoids jail for 'isolated' violent row with brother

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who accidentally struck his brother in the face with a glass has received a fully suspended sentence.

Gary O Hare (49) accidentally struck his brother during a tussle which ensued after he objected to his brother having brought his partner to their family home.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victim knew his brother did not mean to hurt him and he did not believe the offence required a custodial sentence.

O Hare of Lorcan Drive, Santry, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at his address on November 3, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

Passing sentence today, Judge Melanie Greally ….read more

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Soccer coach accused of indecent assault in 1970s seeks to halt trial

High Court

A soccer coach accused of sexually assaulting a youth team player over 45 years ago has brought a High Court action aimed at halting his prosecution.

The man claims that, due to delays by the Director of Public Prosecutions in bringing the matter before the criminal courts, along with an alleged failure by the DPP to properly disclose certain material to his lawyers and the passage of time, he is at risk of getting an unfair trial.

His continued prosecution amounts to an abuse of process, it is also claimed.

The man, who denies the charges and cannot be named for legal reasons, ….read more

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Residents challenge solar power facility

High Court

A High Court challenge has been brought against An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant planning permission for a solar energy generating facility in the Midlands.

The action has been launched by a residents group opposed to the board’s decision of October 4th last to allow Elgin Energy Services Limited develop and operate a solar powered electricity generating station and arrays of solar panels on a 90-hectare site at the townlands of Treascon and Clondooluck, Portarlington in Co Offaly.

In their action, the ‘Concerned Residents of Treascon and Clondoolusk’ claim the board’s decision is invalid on grounds including that the decision contravenes ….read more

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