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Peter Maguire

Dad who set up cannabis grow house for pain relief avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Peter Maguire. Credit: Collins)

A father of four who set up a cannabis grow house so he could produce his own cannabis oil for pain relief from his medical condition has avoided a prison sentence.

Peter Maguire (41) was diagnosed with Barrett’s disease, a condition of chronic heartburn and reflux which can make the person more susceptible to oesophageal cancer.

Stephen Montgomery BL, defending, said Maguire, was a reformed heroin addict and soon found himself reliant on painkillers. He decided that he should instead treat the condition with cannabis oil, so as not to relapse into a drug addiction.

Maguire, of Donomore Avenue, ….read more

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Complainant denies she asked accused teen for his number

Central Criminal Court

By Michelle O’Keeffe

A woman who was allegedly raped by three Dublin teenagers has denied that she asked one of the accused for his phone number after the incident.

The three accused, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The trial has heard that the then 18-year-old woman was allegedly driven to Dollymount Strand, raped by three accused in turn and then left in the middle of nowhere. The three men were all ….read more

Crevan Mackin SCC

Six years for man who plotted to assassinate Dubliner

Special Criminal Court

A man who supervised those lower down the chain of command in a plot to assassinate Dubliner Gary Hanley has been jailed for six years by the Special Criminal Court.

Sentencing Dean Howe at the non-jury court today, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the defendant’s activities had placed him in “a supervisory role” as part of this “elaborate and intricate planned scheme”.

“He was a conduit of order from on high and forcefully encouraged the activities of those lower down the chain of command,” commented the judge, adding that his contribution was “essential, high level and intentional”.

Mr Justice Hunt ….read more


Child tells creche trial she saw accused touch two other girls

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A child has told a sexual assault trial that she saw a créche care worker touching two other girls in the same way she alleges he touched her “privates”.

The girl, then aged eight, also told garda specialists in interviewing children that the two other girls told her they saw the accused touching her privates while she sat on his lap in a créche classroom.

In an interview, conducted in January 2017, the girl told gardai that the incidents of the accused touching her stopped a few days after she told her parents in August 2016. She said that a new rule ….read more


Husband told gardai to look for '6ft man with red hair', murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A husband on trial accused of murdering his wife told gardai to look for CCTV footage of a 6ft man with red hair who he claimed put a gun to his head just weeks before his wife was reported missing, a jury has heard.

The jury in the Central Criminal Court tria has today heard about the first four Garda interviews with Mr Karaczyn at Ballymote Garda Station in Co Sligo on Monday, April 30th, 2018 and Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.

It also heard from Mr Karaczyn’s former employer, mechanic Piotr Krawacki, who agreed with Michael Bowman SC, for the accused, that ….read more

Eamon Cumberton

Lifer appeals conviction for cartel murder

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Eamonn Cumberton. Credit: Collins)

A man given life for the Kinahan cartel murder of Michael Barr must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction.

Eamonn Cumberton (32), of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, had denied the murder of Mr Barr (35) in the Sunset House pub in Dublin’s north inner city on April 25th 2016.

Mr Barr was standing at the counter of the bar, socialising, when two men wearing “Freddy Kruger” masks entered the pub and one of them shot him seven times, in what the Special Criminal Court described as a “deliberate” and “planned” execution.

Mr ….read more

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