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Teen who defiled girl seeks reduction in sentence before transfer to adult jail

Court of Appeal

A young man who defiled a girl at a party when they were both aged 15 has asked the Court of Appeal to reduce his sentence before he is transferred to an adult prison.

Michael Bowman SC, for the 18-year-old, told the three-judge court that a delay in bringing his client’s case to court means that he will serve a significant portion of his 18-month sentence in an adult prison, having committed the offence when he was a child.

It emerged during a sentence hearing that the prosecution was delayed because a garda looking to take a statement from the defendant repeatedly ….read more

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Man who admits to killing to go on trial for murder

Central Criminal Court

A 46-year-old man who admits killing another man at a house in the North Strand area of Dublin city but denies his murder will go on trial tomorrow at the Central Criminal Court.

Anthony Paget with an address at Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, is charged with the murder of Aidan McMenamy (45) at Clinches Court, North Strand, Dublin 3 on July 19, 2019.

Wearing a white shirt and trousers, Mr Paget stood up when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

When the registrar read the indictment to the accused and asked him how he was pleading, he replied: “Not ….read more


Somalian native jailed for trafficking illegal immigrant

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Swedish citizen has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to trafficking an illegal immigrant into the State.

Lawyers for Farhan Abdirizak (40) told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the Somalian native was trying to help his “nephew” get into Ireland from Somalia.

On November 1 2020 gardaí at Dublin Airport identified a young man travelling under false documentation. This male told gardaí that he had travelled with Abdirizak but never said they were related.

He told gardaí that he was aged 15 but asylum documentation found on him indicated he was aged 19.

Gardaí questioned Abdirizak and he told them that ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Manager 'thought he was going to die' when gun was pointed at head, trial hears

Special Criminal Court

A betting shop manager thought he was “going to die” when a gun was pointed at his head during an armed robbery at the bookies over ten years ago, the Special Criminal Court trial of Dubliner Trevor Byrne has been told.

Mr Byrne (41) of Cappagh Road, Finglas West, came before the court today after the High Court made an order last September transferring his trial from the Circuit Criminal Court to the three-judge Special Criminal Court.

Mr Byrne was charged with five offences in 2011 arising out of an armed robbery at BoyleSports in Swords the previous year, during Cheltenham Race ….read more

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Court asked to quash man's conviction for abusing cousin

Court of Appeal

A man who abused his young cousin by making him perform sex acts over a six-year period has asked the Court of Appeal to quash his conviction.

Lawyers for the 53-year-old Dubliner, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, submitted to the three-judge court that their client was tried in front of the same jury on a separate allegation of abusing a young girl. He was acquitted on charges relating to the girl’s allegations.

Hugh Hartnett SC, for the appellant, said that no legal basis existed for trying both sets of allegations together and the joint trial created a ….read more

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Addict who slapped and bit garda after having seizure avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drug addict who slapped and bit a garda attempting to assist him after he suffered a seizure in Dublin city centre has avoided jail.

Craig Shevlin (31) told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he is very sorry for the offence. The defendant, of Buckingham Street, Connolly Lodge, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Caroline Thorton causing her harm on May 3, 2019. He has 14 previous convictions.

Gda Thornton said in her victim impact statement that she had joined the gardai in order to help people and never expected to be slapped and bitten while persuading someone to wait ….read more

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