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Cork man jailed for raping neighbour

Central Criminal Court

A Cork man who raped his neighbour after she asked him to leave her house has been jailed for seven and a half years.

The man (36), who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape in the victim’s home on April 17, 2017.

He was convicted by a jury of the sole count on rape after a trial in May of this year.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that the victim’s hospitality was abused and that while the man claimed he perceived that the two were ….read more

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Jury fails to reach verdict in murder trial of woman who claims boyfriend raped her

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Louth woman accused of murdering her boyfriend.

Paula Farrell, who says she was sexually abused as a child, had asked for a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds that the deceased had provoked her by allegedly raping and trying to strangle her.

The 46-year-old had been on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering the 30-year-old at her home on New Year’s morning five years ago.

The prosecutor said that the mother-of-three had told a “big lie” about being raped by the deceased ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Wilson gets book of evidence on attempted murder charges

Special Criminal Court

A book of evidence has been served at the Special Criminal Court on Dublin man Alan Wilson, who is charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting at the Players Lounge pub.

Alan Wilson (40), with an address at New Street Gardens, Dublin 8 is charged with attempting to murder Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell at The Players Lounge Public House, Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin 3 on July 26, 2010.

Wilson is also charged with the possession of firearms, namely a .38 Special Calibre Smith & Wesson revolver and a .32 Auto Calibre Zastava semi-automatic pistol ….read more

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Suspended sentence for sexually assaulting four cousins

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Jessica Magee and Seán McCárthaigh

A Dublin man has been give a four-year suspended sentence for sexually assaulting four of his young female cousins as a teenager.

The 33-year-old male, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July 2018 to six charges of sexual assault which involved four of his cousins on unknown dates between 2000 and 2006 at a location in Dublin city.

The court had previously heard that both the man and the four victims, one of whom was just four years old at the ….read more

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Man to face non-jury trial on murder conspiracy charge

Special Criminal Court

A 34-year-old man accused of conspiring to murder Dubliner Gary Hanley has been returned for trial to the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Judges today granted an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions to try Dean Howe at the three-judge court.

Last May at Dublin District Court Mr Howe, with an address at Oakfield Place, Dublin 8, was charged with conspiring with others to murder Mr Hanley at a location within the State between September 15 and November 6, 2017.

This offence is contrary to Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

At today’s brief hearing, for which the accused was ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Brother of "Mr Nobody" a "model prisoner", judge notes

Special Criminal Court

A “model prisoner” who has helped fellow inmates to quit alcohol and drugs since being charged with possession of €1.25 million worth of heroin has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.

Delivering sentence today, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said heroin is “ruinous” to individuals, families and society in general and while the defendant Michael Brady was not the dominant person in the criminal gang, “he was trusted by that gang to look after a substantial quantity of heroin.”

Brady is a brother of Declan Brady (53), who is known as ‘Mr Nobody’ and was jailed for 11.5 years ….read more

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