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Assault trial jury told to "leave at the door" any views on gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Sean Lucey. Credit: Collins)

The jury in the trial of garda accused of assaulting an RTE cameraman during street protests has heard they must “leave at the door” any general views “good or ill” they may have towards gardaí.

The accused Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin ….read more

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Sixth man charged with Hutch murder conspiracy

Special Criminal Court

A sixth man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with conspiring to murder a member of the Hutch family and another unknown person last year.

Gardai arrested the man while he was collecting a social welfare payment from Finglas Post Office just before 2pm today on foot of an arrest warrant, the court was told.

The arrest comes less than a week after five men appeared before the non-jury court on the same charge of conspiracy to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch.

Mark Capper (21) of Cappagh Green, Finglas, Dublin 11, appeared before the three-judge court this afternoon charged with ….read more

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"Evil" taxi driver (84) jailed for sexually abusing adopted daughter

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

An 84-year-old taxi driver who sexually abused his adopted daughter over a ten-year period has been jailed for three and half years.

John Walker, described by his daughter as “an evil man, a dangerous man”, was found guilty by a jury of 40 counts of indecently and sexually assaulting her over a ten-year period between 1990 and 2000, when she was aged between eight and 17 years old.

Jennifer Kelly waived her right to anonymity allowing her father to be named in reporting the case.

It took the jury just over two hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts ….read more

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Judge dismisses Ryanair's bid to include additional evidence in action

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Bellew. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has refused Ryanair’s application to include evidence about the alleged downloading of material from its internal computer system by Peter Bellew in its ongoing action against its Chief Operations Officer.

Mr Justice Senan Allen ruled the evidence that the airline sought to introduce as part of its bid to enforce a non-compete clause contained in Mr Bellew’s contract of employment was “irrelevant” to the issues the court must decide in the case.

The material that Ryanair sought to introduce consisted of an expert forensic report, where it is alleged that Mr ….read more

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Crack addict knocked down cyclist in stolen taxi

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A crack cocaine addict who knocked down a cyclist while driving a stolen taxi in a high speed garda pursuit has been jailed.

Carl McGuinness (24) drove the seven seater van at dangerous speeds and in a dangerous manner, almost colliding with pedestrians and with other vehicles.

He collided with a cyclist who was lifted up on the bonnet and thrown up in the air. McGuinness drove on and the high speed pursuit only ended when the van collided with a lamp post.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the cyclist James Byrne had his leg broken in two places and was deeply ….read more

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Public order garda tells trial he feared for his safety

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Colm Hand. Credit: Collins)

The prosecution case has closed in the trial of garda accused of assaulting a camera man during street protests.

Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre on February 6, 2016 and to damaging his camera.

Mr Lucey, who has an address in south Dublin, is a garda who ….read more

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