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Garrett Phillips

Ros na Run rapist has conviction upheld

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Garrett Phillips. Credit: Collins)

by Seán McCárthaigh

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by former Ros na Rún actor, Garrett Phillips, against his conviction for the rape of a young woman in Galway over five years ago.

The three-judge court dismissed a plea by lawyers for Phillips that his legal team during his trial in April 2018 should have been allowed to cross-examine the victim about sexual activity with her boyfriend approximately a week before the offence.

Phillips (48) a father of two of St Mary’s Terrace, Taylor’s Hill, Galway, was convicted by a 11-1 majority verdict of a single charge ….read more

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Witness tells rape trial that accused said 'you cannot rape inside marriage'

Central Criminal Court

A witness at a rape trial has told a jury that the accused, whom she knew through her mosque, told her he could not have raped the alleged victim because “there is no rape within marriage”.

The now 36-year-old complainant has already testified that after a ceremony took place between her and the accused in another mosque, the 54-year-old man took her back to his flat and raped her a number of times over the course of three days.

Today’s witness told Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, that the complainant emailed her in December 2017, days after she had introduced her to the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Mortgage application fraudster avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Leitrim man has received a fully suspended sentence for using fake documents in an attempt to procure a mortgage.

Aidan McGovern (40) of Croi na Carraige, Keshcarrigan, Leitrim pleaded guilty to providing false statements, wage slips for a non-existent company and a false p60 at KBC in Swords in 2018.

He has six previous convictions which are mainly for road traffic and public order offences.

Garda Karen Duffy of Swords Garda Station told Tom Neville BL, prosecuting, that bank staff at KBC had ‘suspicions’ about the documents which they had received from McGovern.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that while the AIB bank ….read more

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IRA conviction declared a miscarriage of justice

Special Criminal Court

A man who spent 14 months in prison for IRA membership has had his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice
after the Special Criminal court agreed there was a “grave defect” in the administration of justice brought about “by agents of the State”.

The court today found that Garda Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan, who gave evidence of his belief that Michael Connolly (47) was an IRA member, had made “an unqualified assertion” during the trial that none of the material he viewed that formed the basis of his belief was in the Book of Evidence against the accused man.

The Special ….read more

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Father raped and forced daughter to have sex with other men

Central Criminal Court

A father raped and sexually abused his daughter over a seven-and-a-half year period after first blackmailing her by claiming she had to have sex with a man to save his job, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The man (55) sent text messages under the guise of being another person to his daughter demanding that she engage in sexual acts with men. When the victim showed the messages to her father he told her that she would have to do these things because his job was at risk.

The victim did not realise her father was behind everything until, at the ….read more

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Father of six who was living in car is jailed for dangerous driving

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-six has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for dangerous driving while his wife and two of their youngest children were in the car.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the accused had been living in his car at the time of the incident.

Charlie Maughan (42) of 77 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Snugborough Road, Dublin 15 on April 28 2019.

Simon Matthews BL, defending, told the court that Maughan is no longer living in his car, and that with a son who is suicidal and a daughter that has cystic ….read more

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