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IRA man who helped in interrogations over garda leaks is jailed

Special Criminal Court

An IRA man who was secretly recorded by gardai assisting in “interrogations” over leaks to gardai has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for two years and six months.

Damien Metcalfe (33), with an address at Monastery Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 24, 2015.

The non-jury court previously heard that the IRA were carrying out interrogations of other members following a series of IRA operations that were foiled by gardai. The Dublin and Belfast brigades of the IRA wanted to ….read more

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UK psychiatrist to prepare report on boy who tried to murder woman

Central Criminal Court

The sentencing of a teenager for attempted murder can go ahead, after the State found a forensic psychiatrist in the UK prepared to provide a court-ordered report on him.

There had been a delay in sentencing the 16-year-old boy, who tried to murder a woman he had met online, due to an issue with the report, which was to be prepared in order to address future risk.

The Central Criminal Court had ordered that a consultant psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist prepare reports on the boy, who had tried to commit the murder when he was just 15.

The teenager, who cannot be ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Brother who stabbed sister in back after row over cleaning bathroom has balance of sentence suspended

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man, who stabbed his sister in the back after an argument about him cleaning their bathroom, has had the balance of a two-year sentence suspended.

Colm Delaney (29) of Seafort Terrace, Sandymount, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting his sister causing her harm at his address on October 1, 2018.

Garda Shauna Ferncombe told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question Sharon Delaney (42) was in the house she shared with her brother when a row broke out about him having to clean the bathroom, to which he reacted badly.

She turned away from ….read more

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Jury deliberating in woman's murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Inga Ozolina. Credit: Collins)

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a woman, charged with murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him in the chest.

The mother of two has asked for an acquittal on a number of grounds, including self defence and the possibility that her boyfriend came towards the knife she was holding during a fight in their Tipperary home.

Inga Ozolina (48), originally from Latvia, but with an address at Old Court Church, Mountrath, Co Laois, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Audrius Pukas at The Malthouse, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, on November 20, 2016.

The Central Criminal ….read more

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DNA matching accused found on woman's skirt, attempted rape trial hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of attempting to rape a woman as she made her way home late at night has heard that the DNA of the accused was a match for semen found on the woman’s skirt.

The 34-year-old Dublin resident denies attempted rape of the woman at a Dublin city centre location on December 18, 2010. The accused and the complainant cannot be identified during the trial.

The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to attempted rape, sexual assault and assault causing harm at a place in Dublin on December 18, 2010.

On day nine of ….read more


Quarry owner paid €10k deposit for loan he never received, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The trial of a former psychic charged with money laundering has heard that a quarry owner paid a £10,000 deposit to secure a multi-million-euro loan which he never received.

Simon Gold (54) with an address at Augharan, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 22 charges including money laundering, theft, deception and control of false instruments on dates between January 1, 2010 and October 22, 2012.

The trial has heard that Mr Gold accepted he had used the names Simon Gold, Simon Gould, Simon Magnier and Niall O’Donoghue. The trial has also heard Mr Gold acknowledged ….read more

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