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Brazilian mum flew into Ireland after swallowing 112 cocaine capsules

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Brazilian mother of three who swallowed 112 capsules of cocaine before boarding a flight to Dublin has been jailed for 18 months.

Kelle Elaine Do Rosario Oliveira (30) of Passagen Santos, Belem Do Para Ananideua, Brazil, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on October 11, 2020. She has no previous convictions and has been in custody since her arrest.

Oliveira was stopped by custom and excise officers because there were issues with her documentation on arrival into the airport. She later surrendered herself and indicated that she needed ….read more

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Man who arranged to meet dissident at murder scene is jailed

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ray Kennedy. Credit: Collins)

A man who had arranged to meet dissident republican Peter Butterly at the scene of his “execution-type” murder has been jailed for 18 months for disrupting the garda investigation.

Mr Butterly, a father of three, was shot dead shortly after 2pm in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6, 2013, in view of students waiting for their school bus. He died from gunshot wounds to his neck and upper back.

Last May, Ray Kennedy (40) of Whitestown Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, was found guilty by the Special Criminal Court of perverting ….read more

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Woman admits money laundering

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lisa O’Hara. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin woman has joined her former partner in pleading guilty at the Special Criminal Court to laundering money believed to be the proceeds of criminal activity.

Lisa O’Hara (33), with an address at Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, appeared before the non-jury court today to plead guilty to an offence under Section 7 of the Criminal Justice Act 2010 relating to money laundering.

O’Hara pleaded guilty to concealing or disguising the true nature, source, location, disposition, movement or ownership of money lodged to a Bank of Ireland account in the name of James Walsh and Lisa ….read more

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Teen gets two years for brandishing knife at Cameron Blair murder scene

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Scott O’Connor. Photo: Collins)

A teenager who was “clearly threatening violence” when he brandished a knife outside a house party in Cork city where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered has been jailed for two years.

Sentencing Scott O’Connor at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice David Keane said that the defendant had “deliberately armed” himself and threatened others with a knife in a “calculated and deliberate” manner but had not used the weapon.

The judge noted that the act occurred on a public street and O’Connor had engaged in the confrontation for five minutes, which he called “a ….read more

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Blood found in horse box in Kevin Lunney accused's yard, judges hear

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

A forensic scientist found blood inside a horse box in a yard belonging to one of the men accused of abducting and assaulting businessman Kevin Lunney, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Dr Yvonne O’Dowd, of Forensic Science Ireland, today told prosecuting counsel Sean Guerin SC that she attended a yard at Drumbrade, Ballinagh, Co Cavan on September 22, 2019 to examine a blue horse box for evidence of blood.

She used luminol, a chemical spray that emits a blue light when it comes into contact with blood. Having conducted a thorough search of the ….read more

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Jim Mansfield Jnr trial could face further delays

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Credit: Collins)

The trial of businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr could face further delay over six months after it was put on hold to allow his lawyers view 12 days of CCTV footage that had not previously been disclosed by gardai.

The trial was due to recommence at the Special Criminal Court next week but Tony McGillicuddy BL, for Mr Mansfield, today said that defence senior counsel Bernard Condon is involved in another trial that will not finish in time.

Caroline Cummings BL, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said further delay is a “disappointing turn of events” ….read more

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