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Beacon residents don't have right of access to hotel, judge rules

High Court

The High Court has dismissed an action by a management company representing residents of a South Dublin apartment block over being prevented from directly accessing a hotel in the development.

Beacon One Management Company Ltd sued Beacon Leisure Investments Ltd, which operates the Beacon Hotel in Sandyford Business Park, in Dublin.

Beacon One manages some 70 apartments which are in the same unit – Block E in the Beacon Court development – as, but are separate entities to, the hotel.

The action was taken over the hotel owners proposals to stop the apartment residents from gaining access to the hotel via ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

"Street justice" for man who slashed woman's face, court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was the subject of “street justice” after slashing a woman’s face with a knife has been jailed for three years.

Jason Kane (24) of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and production of a knife outside his address on September 3, 2018.

Garda James Campbell told Eoin Lawlor BL, prosecuting, that Kane later claimed that at the time he believed the victim had kicked him in the head while he was asleep two days prior to the assault, because that is what his girlfriend told him had happened.

Gda Campbell ….read more

Leanne Murphy

Victim "appalled" after grandfather's rape conviction is quashed over dementia

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Ms Leanne Murphy. Credit: Collins)

A 75-year-old man has had his conviction for raping his granddaughter quashed after reports were obtained to determine whether he was fit to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court more than a year ago.

Christopher Redmond, of Rathvilly Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11, was found in recent weeks to have had a severe form of dementia for some time “with no prospect of recovery”. An earlier report, prepared prior to his trial early last year, found him to have a mild cognitive impairment but there was nothing to suggest he was unfit to be tried ….read more


Spanish woman glassed in face after coming to Dublin to learn English

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Jessica Magee

A Spanish woman who had come to Dublin to learn English was left with permanent facial scarring after she was glassed by another woman in a city-centre pub, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victim required surgery to remove glass from a deep wound sustained after Rosangela Wyzykowski (34) threw a large glass in her face.

Wyzykowski, with an address at Talbot Street, Dublin was sentenced to two years imprisonment which was fully suspended on condition that she comply with probation services for 12 months from today.

Passing sentence today, Judge Patricia Ryan condemned the “sudden ….read more

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Teen raped sleeping woman whose boyfriend was in same bed

Central Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson and Declan Brennan

A teenager who raped a sleeping woman while her boyfriend was in the same bed has been jailed for seven years.

Patrick O’Driscoll, now aged 21, of Rosewood Drive, Charleville, Co Cork, was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury sitting in Cork last March of raping the woman at a house in Co Cork on May 10, 2016.

O’Driscoll, who has 37 previous district court convictions, has been in custody since his conviction.

Mr Justice Michael White today noted that O’Driscoll still adamantly denied the charges and so there had been no expressions of remorse. He said ….read more

Paul McDermott

Legal teams for Kriegel killers to see probation reports

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

Legal representatives for the two boys convicted of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl Ana Kriegel will be given parts of one another’s probation reports, a judge at the Central Criminal Court has decided.

At a brief hearing today, Gerardine Small BL for the Director of Public prosecutions asked Mr Justice Paul McDermott to allow the legal teams for the two boys to see those parts of the probation reports relating to Ana’s murder and sexual assault.

Patrick Gageby SC, for Boy A, said he had no objection as did Damien Colgan SC for Boy B. They also did ….read more

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