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Lawyers seeking appeal in landmark Polish extradition case

High Court

(Pictured: Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for a suspected drugs trafficker are seeking leave to appeal an order for his extradition to Poland, which was made despite “generalised and systemic” violations to the independence of the Polish judiciary.

Polish authorities are seeking the surrender of Artur Celmer (31), who is wanted to face trial in his native Poland on drugs trafficking charges. He was arrested in Ireland on foot of a European Arrest Warrant last year and his lawyers had opposed their client’s surrender over “radical changes” to the Polish justice system, which has put the country at odds ….read more

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"Mother's love for a son" led woman to obtain loans using fake license

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Brion Hoban

A mother’s “love for a son” led to a woman using a forged driver’s licence to obtain bank loans so that she could purchase two cars, a court has heard.

Patricia Donoghue (61) with an address at Swifts Grove, Clonshaugh, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to using a false driver’s licence to open a bank account with AIB in 2007 and taking out loans under a false name to purchase cars in 2009 and 2011.

Judge Elma Sheahan sentenced Donoghue to two years imprisonment but suspended the entirety of the sentence for two years on the condition ….read more

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Murder accused said he was "off his head" when he stabbed musician

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of murdering a Sligo musician told gardai that he and his sister were ‘off their heads’ on drugs and that he had thought the deceased had “touched her up” when he stabbed him.

The memos of Keith Brady’s garda interviews were read to the Central Criminal Court today on the fifth day of his trial.

The 31-year-old, of Cartron Estate in Sligo town, is charged with murdering Martin Kivlehan on a date unknown between 2nd August and 3rd August 2015 in Mr Kivlehan’s home at The New Apartments on Holborn Street.

He has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 59-year-old, ….read more

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State relying on "pseudoscience" in case of staircase murder accused, defence say

Central Criminal Court

A barrister defending a man accused of murdering the mother of his child has accused the prosecution of engaging in “pseudoscience” to convict a young man who has lost his partner in tragic circumstances.

Michael Bowman SC urged the jury of eight men and four women to acquit his client, telling them that the deceased fell down the stairs.

32-year-old Renars Veigulis of Old Bridge Street in Freshford, Co Kilkenny has pleaded not guilty to murdering Rita Apine (29) at their home on or about May 14, 2017. He is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

In interviews with gardai, Mr Veigulis ….read more

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Former pub owner jailed for involvement in €1.4m drugs operation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former pub owner who got involved in an almost €1.4 million drugs enterprise to offset his gambling debts has been jailed for five years.

John Fitzgerald SC, defending, submitted that Emmet Fogarty (47) had previously owned a pub but cheques had been written against the venture without his knowledge.

This got him in trouble with Revenue and he developed an alcohol and gambling addiction. Counsel submitted that after time spent abroad, Fogarty returned to Ireland and got involved with the drugs operation to offset his serious gambling debts.

Detective Garda Ivor Scully agreed with Mr Fitzgerald that Fogarty had told gardaí on ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Butterly murder accused pleads guilty to impeding firearms investigation

Special Criminal Court

A man who was accused of murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly has pleaded guilty before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon to impeding the apprehension or prosecution of a former murder accused-turned State witness.

Frank Murphy (58), of McDonough Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co Meath, pleaded guilty today to committing an act to impede the apprehension or prosecution of David Cullen, knowing or believing him to be guilty of possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances within the State on March 6, 2013.

Cullen was originally charged with the murder of Mr Butterly (35), who was shot ….read more

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