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Strokestown farm remains occupied in defiance of orders, High Court hears

High Court

Several persons occupying a County Roscommon farm, which was the scene of a controversial eviction in 2018, remain on the property, the High Court has heard.

The occupation of the property at Falsk, Strokestown in Co Roscommon is in direct defiance of orders previously granted by the High Court in favour of KBC.

The farm has been the subject of lengthy proceedings involving siblings Anthony, David, and Geraldine McGann and KBC Bank, which has secured orders allowing it repossess the property.

Last month, the siblings were brought before the Court following their arrest by gardai to answer claims that ….read more

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Child rapist abused granddaughter after wife let him in house

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A convicted child rapist who abused his granddaughter after his wife permitted him to be in the house during the child’s weekend visits has been jailed for one year.

The mother of the complainant believed that the child’s grandfather was not in the house at the time, while the child’s grandmother led the young girl to believe that her grandfather was actually her uncle.

Garda Kevin Lynn told Philipp Rahn BL, prosecuting, that the man abused his granddaughter when they were alone together in the kitchen of his home.

He picked her up off the kitchen counter where she had been sitting, ….read more

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Out of work painter held up cash van with imitation gun

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

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A father of two held up a cash-in-transit van using an imitation firearm after he lost his job before Christmas, a court has heard.

James Tracey (31) and a co-accused were arrested as Tracey got into a getaway car parked at the bottom of an embankment on the M3 motorway, not far from the hold up at the Aldi in Clonee, Co Meath.

Tracey, of Dunsink Park, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a firearm with intention to commit robbery and robbery of a cash box on January 6 last.

The court heard ….read more

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Gately accused was 'man who pulled the trigger', State tells trial

Special Criminal Court

There is “no other conclusion” but that accused Caolan Smyth was the man who “pulled the trigger” in the attempted murder of James Gately, the State has told the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Gately was shot five times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road in north Dublin at lunchtime on May 10, 2017. Mr Gately, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life, survived the shooting after sustaining injuries to his upper chest and neck.

Caolan Smyth (28) of Cuileann Court, Donore, Co Meath, has pleaded not ….read more

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Welder struck by metal column in fatal workplace accident

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A shipping company’s breach of health and safety laws resulted in a fatal workplace accident in which an experienced welder died.

James Byrne was killed instantly on June 6, 2018 when a six metre steel column fell on top of him shortly after he had been using a blow torch to separate it from a larger metal structure.

An investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), which subsequently brought charges against the Doyle Shipping Group Unlimited, with an address at Ocean Pier, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1.

The company pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to failing to manage ….read more

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Evidence gives 'clear picture of ongoing violence', State tells coercive control jury

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A jury in a coercive control trial has been told the evidence in the case paints “a clear picture of ongoing violence and persistent abuse”.

The 52-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his then partner.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive of his partner at various locations, including their Dublin home, between January 1, 2019 and September 22, 2019.

He has also pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of assault causing ….read more

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