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Spandex-wearing gang who tried to rob €2m face longer sentence

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Stefan Saunders. Credit: Collins)

A highly organised spandex-wearing gang who tried to steal over €2m from a cash-in-transit van in Co Meath three years ago must wait to hear whether they will be given extra jail time on foot of an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Stefan Saunders (40), from Hazelbury Park, Blanchardstown in Dublin, Francis Murphy (39), from Drogheda Road, Carranstown, Duleek, Co Louth and Damien Noonan (32), from Rusheeny Court, Hartstown, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit robbery on dates between August 26 and October 7, 2016.

Saunders and Murphy also pleaded guilty to ….read more

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Man who was teen when he raped and abused girl (13) is jailed for 18 months

Central Criminal Court

A man who was a teen when he convinced a child to play sexualised games of truth or dare and later coerced her into sexual intercourse has being jailed for 18 months.

Graham Doyle (31) was a teenager when he orally raped the 13-year-old. During a relationship which he told her to keep secret, he repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to four sample counts of sexual assault and one count of oral rape in Dublin on dates between August 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005.

Doyle of North Circular Road, Dublin, has four previous convictions for ….read more

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Taxi driver denies exaggerating injuries and settles claim

High Court

A Dublin taxi driver who denied exaggerating his injuries after his vehicle was allegedly rear-ended by another taxi has settled his High Court damages action.

Derek Delaney (60) claimed he suffered pain to his neck, shoulders and soft tissue injuries to his neck after his taxi was struck from behind by another taxi car at a holding area at Dublin Airport on June 27th, 2014.

As a result, Mr Delaney, of Connolly Avenue, Inchicore Dublin 8 sued the driver of the other taxi Ibraham Enidunmo, with an address C/o Aviva Insurance, Knocknacarra, Galway.

In proceedings before Ms ….read more

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14 months for speeding, "barely over the limit" driver who caused death of woman (92)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A speeding, “barely over the limit” driver who struck and killed a 92-year-old woman as she crossed the road to buy her Sunday paper has been jailed for 14 months.

James Dingle (42) struck Maureen Creaner (92) with his jeep as she crossed the road to buy a paper at 8.15am on a Sunday morning, causing her “catastrophic injuries” which led to her death.

A garda at the scene noticed a smell of alcohol from Dingle and a test found him to be “barely” over the drink-driving limit. He told gardaí he had taken alcohol while socialising the night before.

Dingle had had ….read more

Patrick Hannon

Pair jailed following €645k drugs seizure

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Patrick Hannon. Credit: Collins)

A man who allowed others to lodge cheques into his bank account has pleaded guilty to possession of around €50,000 in criminal profits, a court has heard.

Patrick Hannon (48) told gardaí that he built up a very large gambling debt and was told by his debtors he would have to start lodging cheques into his account and then withdrawing the cash shortly afterwards.

Garda John Morrissey told Judge Melanie Greally that the cheques were issued by companies using false aliases, which were closed down once identified. He said the monies involved were linked to criminal activity and ….read more

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Casino wins action over judge's refusal to recuse themselves from case

High Court

A casino has won its challenge aimed at preventing a district court judge from hearing its prosecution for allegedly selling alcoholic beverages without a liquor licence.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said that Midnight Entertainment Limited, which runs a casino in Galway city, was entitled to an order quashing Judge Mary Fahy’s decision not to recuse herself from hearing a prosecution brought against the casino.

The company, which operates the 4 Aces Club, Dominick Street, Galway, is charged with selling certain intoxicating liquor without being duly licensed to do so on November 28th, 2015 contrary to Section 7 of ….read more

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