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Truck driver agreed to move €1.3m after meeting 'man on boat'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A truck driver who was pulled over by gardaí and caught with over €1.28 million in cash in his cab has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing.

Noel Purcell (44) told gardaí he had agreed to transport the money to Holland after he met a man on a boat and confided in him about his personal debt issues, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Purcell, described by his defence team as “vulnerable” and “easily-led”, told gardaí that he had been offered €4,000 to take the money to Holland. He was struggling with mortgage and credit card debt at the time, ….read more

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Victim of unprovoked pub assault awarded €231k

High Court

The High Court has awarded €231,000 in damages to a man who suffered severe “life changing injuries” following an unprovoked assault in a pub.

Mr Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon made the award in favour of Mr Oliver Bennett (64), who arising out the assault had sued both the operator of the pub and his assailant for damages.

In her judgement, the judge said Mr Bennett had shown extraordinary “fortitude, resilience and dignity” in how he had dealt with the injuries he sustained after he was assaulted by John Codd at the Tir Na nOg Public House at Wellington Bridge, Wexford on April ….read more

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Boasting killer Dunbar guilty of murder for stabbing disabled homeless man 183 times

Central Criminal Court

A young man stormed from the Central Criminal Court today as he was found guilty of murder for stabbing a disabled homeless man 183 times in a Dublin park.

Philip Dunbar (20) was aged 17 when he lured 23-year-old Adam ‘Floater’ Muldoon into Butler Park in Jobstown Park in Tallaght on June 22 or 23 2018 and attacked him with a fold-up knife.

The defendant’s friend told the trial that Dunbar had boasted about the murder and told him he had put Mr Muldoon “out of his misery”.

The witness said Dunbar had told him: “Now I know what it’s like ….read more

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Banned repeat driving offender 'ruined lives' of elderly couple in crash

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A banned repeat driving offender with 126 previous convictions drove down the wrong side of the M50 to evade gardaí before ploughing into an elderly couple’s car, a court has heard.

Brian Reilly (24) “ruined the lives” of John and Ellen Armstrong after he crashed into their car as they were stopped at a red light at Kilshane Cross, Finglas in January this year, Judge Melanie Greally said at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

Ellen Armstrong suffered significant injuries and had to have the tip of her thumb amputated in the wake of the crash, which has left her dependent on others ….read more

Special Criminal Court

All-Ireland champ and co-accused hit with total of 38 new charges

Special Criminal Court

Five men including a former All-Ireland club champion, who are charged in relation to the theft and attempted theft of ATMS in Cavan and Monaghan last year, have been met with a total of 38 new charges at the Special Criminal Court.

The five, three of whom are brothers, have already appeared before the non-jury court charged with offences relating to the theft of an ATM in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in April 2019 and the attempted theft of an ATM in Virginia, Co Cavan, in August 2019.

Former Crossmaglen footballer Daniel O’Callaghan (30) of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, had already been ….read more

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Former Terenure rugby coach admits to abusing 23 boys

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former rugby coach and teacher at Terenure College in Dublin has admitted to sexually abusing 23 boys over a 17-year period.

John McClean (75), of Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 27 charges of indecently assaulting the males at Terenure College in Dublin on dates between 1973 and 1990.

The charges relate to three separate books of evidence. McClean was due to stand trial today but instead entered pleas of guilty before the court.

Judge Pauline Codd remanded McClean on continuing bail and set a sentence date of March 9, 2021, when all evidence ….read more

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