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'Law of the land runs on a sporting pitch': GAA player avoids jail for breaking opponent's jaw

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Richard Walker. Credit: Collins)

A GAA player who broke another player’s jaw during a football match has received a fully suspended sentence.

Richard Walker (33) fractured the opposition player’s jaw in two places after punching him once during a match in which his team were losing by a high score.

Judge Martin Nolan commented that the “law of the land runs on a sporting pitch”, adding that “sometimes” some players act as if it does not.

Walker of Ferrycarraig Road, Priorswood, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart, on July 15, 2018. He ….read more

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Wife told husband to 'never set foot' in home again, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

Two days before Natalia Karaczyn’s husband strangled her she told him he could “never set foot” in their home again and said he had no right to ask where she was going or what she was doing, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury in the trial of Rafal Karaczyn has been given transcripts of text messages and Facebook exchanges between the husband and wife in the months leading up to Ms Karaczyn’s death.

In them, the accused repeatedly told his wife he loved her and wanted to fix their marriage while she told him to “stop humiliating yourself”, that ….read more

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Unit sub-letted for 'sophisticated' cannabis cultivation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who allowed a unit in an industrial estate to be used for a “sophisticated cannabis cultivation operation” has received a fully suspended sentence.

Marek Gradzki (51) sub-letted the premises to three men who used it to run the operation inside two concealed rooms.

Gradzki of Magenta Hall, Santry, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to permitting a premises to be used for the cultivation of cannabis at Collinstown Cross Industrial Estate, Dublin, on October 12, 2017. He has 21 previous convictions for road traffic offences.

Detective Garda Neill Cotter told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that as a result of information ….read more

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Son kicked out of home for ordering drugs online

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Anthony McDonald. Credit: Collins)

A son who was kicked out of his home by his mother after being caught ordering €24,000 of cannabis online has received a suspended sentence.

Anthony McDonald (22) was arrested after customs officials intercepted the package containing the drugs which he had ordered online under the name “Mr Smith”.

McDonald of Amiens Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at his former address of Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, on August 24, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

At an earlier sentence hearing Garda Peter Morris told Maurice Coffey SC, prosecuting, ….read more

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Man who says sister made false abuse claims wants garda notice rescinded

High Court

A man who says his sister made false claims that he sexually abused her has launched a High Court challenge over the Child and Family Agency’s refusal to rescind a notice about him to the Garda Vetting Bureau.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says that his sister made the false accusations against him following a conflict within the family home in relation to their late mother’s estate.

The court heard that the man had lived in what is now his former family home with his mother and a sibling for many years. He claims that his sister, along ….read more


Jail for violent attacker who punched Luas security and claimed he was in gang

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An attacker with “violent tendencies” who claimed he was involved with “a well-known crime group” and threatened to kill various security guards while being restrained after punching their colleague has been jailed.

James Fagan (28) punched a security guard who had initially attempted to restrain him after responding to reports of the accused abusing passengers on a tram.

Fagan of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and three counts of making threats to kill or cause serious harm at Red Cow LUAS Stop, Clondalkin, on July 28, 2019.

He has a prior conviction for assault ….read more

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