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Serial rapist appeals 14-year jail term for attacks on escorts

Court of Appeal

A serial rapist has appealed his 14-year jail term for the rape and violent assault of two sex workers.

The former security guard at the Mater Hospital had carried out the attacks 18 months apart, with one of the victims 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 after Noel McKeon (33) contacted the two women through an “escorts” website.

In the first attack, McKeon became aggressive and abusive after the consensual sex. He ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man let his back account be used for invoice frauds totalling €159k

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who allowed his bank accounts to be used to facilitate an international invoice redirection fraud will be sentenced later for money laundering.

Ian Coughlan (45) of Newcastle Manor Close, Newcastle, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of engaging in possessing a total of €159,250, believing or being reckless as to whether it was the proceeds of crime at an Allied Irish Bank and a Bank of Ireland account on dates between June and October 2016. He has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Shane Fitzsimons told Sinéad McMullan BL, prosecuting, that gardaí were contacted in ….read more

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Bray Boxing Club murder trial hears of witness encounters with van

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Gerard Cervi. Photo: Collins)

The Bray Boxing Club murder trial has heard from a number of witnesses who encountered a van that the prosecution contend was used in the fatal attack that morning.

A Dublin Bus driver told the jury today that he saw “a grey or silver Caddy van” travelling “at speed” on the morning of the shooting and it had nearly collided with his vehicle.

Gerard Cervi (34), from the East Wall area of Dublin 3, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Bobby Messett (50) at Pete Taylor’s Bray Boxing Club, Bray Harbour, Bray, Co Wicklow during ….read more

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Garda denies injuring herself while beating accused

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A man accused of assaulting two gardaí claimed that one of the officers “battered” him in the back of a patrol car after he was arrested. The garda has denied that she injured herself while beating the accused.

Phillip Kavanagh (34), of Cherry Orchard Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault causing harm on Garda Theresa Moore at Ailward Green, Cappagh Road, Finglas, on 7 January 2017, and of assaulting Garda Conor Mohan in the same incident.

Today his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the two officers were on patrol when they were ….read more

Croke Park

Prosecution closes case in Munster abuse trial

Central Criminal Court

The prosecution case has now concluded in the trial of six extended family members accused of child abuse, which is sitting in Croke Park.

The six family members, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of abusing three children between 2014 and 2016. The accused are the parents, aunts and uncles of the children. They range in ages from 27 to 56 and live in various locations in Munster.

The parents are also accused of neglecting five of their children. All of the accused have denied the charges against them.

Reporting restrictions are in place to protect the welfare and identities ….read more

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Social worker wants to know why gardai forcibly entered his home

High Court

A social worker does not know why over “a dozen gardai accompanied with sniffer dogs” forcibly entered and searched his home, the High Court has heard.

As a result of being left in the dark over the incident, Mr Ryan Moran has brought a High Court action seeking to be provided with the information used by Gardai to procure the warrant, along with a copy of the warrant itself used to search his Dundalk home on April 21st last.

He has not been questioned nor charged with any offence by the Gardai and the court heard that the search, which resulted in ….read more

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