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Escorts bound and knocked unconscious during 'extreme' violent robbery

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who took part in a violent robbery during which two escorts were attacked in their apartment and one was left wrapped in a rug has been jailed for ten years.

Wojciech Kazmierczak (43) choked one of the women until she was unconscious during a robbery in which the other woman was also rendered unconscious and had her hands bound by duct tape.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that upon his arrest by gardaí a month later following a surveillance operation, Kazmierczak was found in possession of just under €400,000 of cannabis.

Kazmierczak of The Oaks, Merrymeeting, Rathnew, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Serial rapist fails in appeal over 'sinister, xenophobic' attacks

Court of Appeal

A serial rapist has lost his appeal against his 14-year jail term for the rape and violent assault of two escorts.

The Court of Appeal found that Noel McKeon’s offences against a Latin American woman and a Romanian woman had a ‘sinister, xenophobic context’.

The 33-year-old former security guard at the Mater Hospital had carried out the attacks 18 months apart. One of the victims was forced to jump naked from a window to get away from him as he tried to stab her.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the attacks, on June 18, 2016 and on February 2, 2018, took place ….read more

Kellie Walton

Woman admits stealing €105k from Virgin TV

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Kellie Walton. Photo: Collins)

A woman has pleaded guilty to stealing over €105,000 from Virgin Media Television, a court has heard.

Kellie Walton (39) with an address at Kilfenora Road, Kimmage, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing property to wit cash to the value of €70,614 at Virgin Media Television, Westgate Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin, on an unknown date between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

She also pleaded guilty to theft of €34,961 from Virgin Media at the same address also on an unknown date between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Fiona Murphy SC, defending Walton, ….read more

Kenneth Donohoe

Closing speeches in Eamon Kelly murder trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Kenneth Donohoe. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court trial of two men who deny murdering veteran crime figure Eamon Kelly in north Dublin nine years ago has heard closing speeches from both the prosecution and defence teams.

Father-of-nine Kelly (65) was shot four times in the back as he walked towards his home in north Dublin in December of 2012. He was one of the country’s most well-known criminal figures, having been involved in organised crime for more than four decades.

The three-judge court has heard the trial of Kenneth Donohoe and Darren Murphy, who are charged with murdering Kelly ….read more

Charlene Masterson

17 years for serial sex offender who raped, abused and blackmailed daughter

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Survivor Ms Charlene Masterson. Credit: Collins)

By Brion Hoban, Isabel Hayes & Stephen Bourke

A serial sex offender who raped and sexually abused his daughter over a seven-and-a-half year period after first blackmailing her has been jailed for 17 years.

David Masterson (56), sent text messages under the guise of being another person to his daughter demanding that she engage in sexual acts with men. When the victim showed the messages to her father he told her that she would have to do these things because his job was at risk.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Masterson went on to defile three ….read more

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Witness tells Nadine Lott trial that accused told him: 'I killed my wife because she was with my friend'

Central Criminal Court

A 34-year-old man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott told a motorist that he had “killed my wife because she was with my friend” just hours after he assaulted her, a trial has heard.

The jury also heard today that Daniel Murtagh told a paramedic that he had killed his “girlfriend” after crashing his car into a ditch in the early hours of the morning. “In the back of the ambulance he was telling me how much he loved his girlfriend but they had a fight,” said the witness.

Opening the trial of Daniel Murtagh, prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC ….read more

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