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Judge praises bravery of victim for reporting rape at age of 13

Central Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A judge at the Central Criminal Court has praised the “impressive behaviour” of a “brave young girl” for immediately reporting that she had been subjected to rape and sexual assault at the age of 13.

Her attacker, who cannot be identified to protect the anonymity of the victim, pleaded guilty to one count of oral rape and one count of sexual assault on September 2, 2019.

The victim was 13 and staying in the home of a relative where the defendant, then aged 19, was also present.

Ms Justice Tara Burns said the offences were “extremely serious” and she imposed ….read more

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Homeless man beaten and stripped in attack posted to Snapchat

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man beat, stripped and falsely imprisoned a fellow resident at a homeless shelter in an attack lasting over 90 minutes which was then posted to Snapchat, a court has heard.

Snapchat evidence was shown at Dublin Circuit Criminal court, where Lateef Lawal (24) was yesterday sentenced to three and a half years for his role in the attack.

Lawal pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault causing harm to Karl Duggan at the Peter McVerry Trust home where they both lived in Whitechurch Grove, Ballyboden, Dublin, on July 1, 2021.

Judge Martin Nolan said Lawal had assaulted Mr Duggan badly, stripped him ….read more

WRC

Pharmacy workers sanctioned for not wearing masks fail in bonus complaints

Inquiry

The Workplace Relations Commission has rejected complaints by a group of five pharmacy workers who lost out on bonus payments after being sanctioned for failing to wear a face covering.

The adjudicating officer wrote that even though one of the workers had only taken her mask off for eight minutes, he could not ignore that she was talking to two other people at the time – something he termed “wholly irresponsible”.

The five workers lodged complaints with the WRC under the Industrial Relations Act against their employer over the disciplinary sanctions, with the matter called on for adjudication in May and anonymous ….read more

Special Criminal Court

State appeals judge's direction to acquit robbery accused

Court of Appeal

The State has appealed a trial judge’s direction to acquit a man who was accused of robbing an elderly Laois woman of her pension and holiday money at her own back door.

The 38-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was acquitted of the robbery charge in May 2021 after legal argument concerning the admissibility of identification evidence.

It had been alleged that the defendant followed the pensioner home from the SuperValu in Portarlington before robbing her of her purse at the back door of her home.

The defence had argued that a garda line-up in which he was identified was ….read more

Tracey Tully

Transfer of champ boxer's murderer to UK prison breaches mother's rights, High Court told

High Court

(File Picture: Ms Tracey Tully. Photo: Collins)

A decision by the Minister for Justice to allow the man who murdered Irish Champion boxer Kevin Sheehy transfer to a UK prison amounts to a breach of his mother’s rights as a victim of crime, the High Court has heard.

A High Court judge will rule later this month on an application by Kevin Sheehy’s mother Tracey Tully for permission to bring a challenge aimed at preventing her son’s killer being transferred to a UK prison.

Ms Tully, whose 20-year-old son was killed at Hyde Road Limerick on July 1st, 2019, is ….read more

Airport Gate

Airport ground crew lose Covid layoff claims

Inquiry

Six Dublin Airport ground crew have lost their claims over being placed on layoff when the aviation industry was hit hard at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alan English, Shay O’Hare, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Kavanagh, Phillip Kelly and Robert Keogh all lodged complaints under the Payment of Wages Act against Swissport Ireland Ltd.

They alleged the company unfairly selected them for layoff without pay when the Covid-19 pandemic hit – while leaving other workers with less service on the job.

The workers, who are mostly at the grade of senior ramp operative but include airline co-ordinators, a baggage hall supervisor and a ….read more

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