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Notorious con woman Damji won't get treatment she needs in UK, court told

High Court

A well-known con-woman who is the daughter of a property tycoon will not get the psychological care she needs if she is sent to the UK to serve a prison sentence, her lawyers have told the High Court.

Farah Damji (53) was on trial in the UK when she came to Ireland in February last year. She was convicted in her absence by Southwark Crown Court, London, of two breaches of a restraining order in April and June 2018.

Ms Damji, who presented herself as an Icelandic national and was living at an address at Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1, is the daughter ….read more


Storehouse tourist robber is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A robber has been jailed for three years and nine months for his crime against two tourists near the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

Paul Heaney (37) and Gareth Mallon (39), who had a realistic imitation firearm, robbed an Italian student of €60 and attempted to rob his teacher before fleeing the scene.

The court heard the case attracted some media attention and featured on the Liveline show on RTE radio.

Heaney, who was not armed during the offence, attended voluntarily at a garda station a few days later. Mallon was sentenced to four years imprisonment for his role last December.

Heaney, of Michael Mallin ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Pair targeted and stole from pensioner (87)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two men who followed an 87-year-old woman who had just withdrawn €2,000 from a bank and distracted her while they stole it from her handbag have been jailed.

Robert Malole (43) and Gheorghe Cocos (44) were caught on CCTV observing the woman at the bank and following her to a shop, pharmacy and onto her car.

Cocos approached and asked her to point out a location on a map which obstructed her view of her handbag while the money was stolen.

The court heard gardaí traced the pair through CCTV and by tracing their rental car which they had obtained using their real ….read more

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'Lash him out of it': teen recorded stabbing on Snapchat

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Jason Finnegan. Credit: Collins)

A teenager who recorded his accomplice stabbing a man on Snapchat has been remanded on bail pending sentence for assault.

Jason Finnegan (18) was with Mark Pidgeon (30) when they called to the flat of Kenneth Osbourne, who owed Finnegan €300 or €400.

Detective Garda Graham O’Neill told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that Finnegan recorded the incident and captured the initial conversation between all three before it showed Pidgeon lash in the direction of the victim with a large knife and stab him a number of times.

Finnegan can be heard “shouting words of encouragement” such as “lash him, ….read more

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Taxi driver pressurised to store €245k in cocaine

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A taxi driver who came under financial pressure and stored almost a quarter of a million euro of cocaine for drug dealers has been jailed for four and a half years.

Stephen Boylan (51), a separated father of two, was storing the drugs in a wooden cabin where he lived at the rear of a house.

Boylan of The Meadows, Newtown, Kill, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at his home on May 28, 2020. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan noted in mitigation that Boylan had explained his role to ….read more

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South Dublin school settles action over construction concerns

High Court

A South Dublin Primary school has settled High Court proceedings it brought about concerns over the impact of dust and noise generated by construction works due to be carried out at a nearby site.

The action was taken by St Patrick National School in Glenageary, Dalkey against Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council over the approval of a construction plan approved by the council, concerning the development of 105 new apartments.

The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice Charles Meenan on Monday. The judge was told that following out of court discussions, the matter had been settled and could be struck ….read more

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