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Jail for man who told female garda he hoped she and her family "get raped"

District Courts

A MAN who called gardai ‘f**king pigs’, spat in their faces and told a female garda that he hopes she and her family members ‘get raped’ has been sentenced to six months in prison for a number of public order offences.

Richard Walsh told gardai he ‘would do it all again’ with the position he was put in after he claimed he was assaulted by two gardai who tried to remove a bottle of alcohol from him in a housing estate.

He also told one gardai he would be ‘as troublesome as I could’ after he was arrested.

Walsh (24) of Moateview Close ….read more

Irish High Court

Wanted Human Trafficker released by High Court

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A wanted human trafficker has been released by the High Court, following his conviction by Romanian Authorities while absent which affected the warrant for his extradition.

The surrender of Mihai Stancu (46), with an address at Summerhill, Dublin 1, has been sought by Romanian authorities since last year.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for his surrender for prosecution on the alleged offences of constituting an organised crime, human trafficking and the illegal deprivation of liberty.

Counsel for the Minister for Justice, Elva Duffy BL, told the court on a previous occasion that Stancu was accused of being involved in the ….read more

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Man charged with IRA membership to seek clarification on garda recordings

Special Criminal Court

Lawyers for a Cork man charged with IRA membership and firearms offences are to seek clarification on whether there were recording facilities in the garda station where he was detained after arrest, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Anthony Carroll (30) and his co-accused Brian Walsh (43) are due to stand trial tomorrow on a charge of membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 23, 2013.

Carroll, of Curaheen Close, Bishopstown and Walsh, with an address at Connolly Road, Ballyphehane, Cork are charged with the ….read more

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District Courts

Judge sentences teen to detention over fears he may ‘go off the rails and hurt someone’

A JUDGE has said he cannot keep a teenager, who has ten previous convictions for assault, on the streets for fear he may hurt someone else.

Judge Demort Dempsey made the remarks after a solicitor for Dean Fagan said the 19-year-old is willing to do community service for public order offences – despite previously receiving suspended sentences.

However, Judge Dempsey said that ‘all remedies have been exhausted’ and that the teenager has done ‘nothing to deal with his anger and drink problems.’

He said he fears Fagan will ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Dublin murder trial adjourned

Central Criminal Court

The trial has been adjourned of a 32-year-old Dublin man charged with murdering another man in the city five years ago.

Alan Harte with an address at Clareville Grove in Glasnevin, but from East Wall, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 29-year-old Peter Gunn on or about January 4th 2009 in Cabra Park, Cabra.

He was due to go on trial before the Central Criminal Court today.

However Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the jury of six men and six women that he had to adjourn the matter for a day for legal reasons.

The trial will now start tomorrow morning, and ….read more

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Men plead guilty to IRA membership in trial adjourned over garda recording system

Special Criminal Court

Two Limerick men have pleaded guilty to IRA membership in advance of their Special Criminal Court trial, which had been adjourned in what was the first criminal case affected by the garda taping revelations.

The trial of Thomas McMahon (31) and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) had been adjourned until today to allow the defence consider employing an expert to physically examine Clonmel and Cahir garda stations, where the men were detained after arrest.

The non-jury court had already heard expert evidence that there were no recording facilities at the two stations.

Ms Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, told the court that progress had ….read more

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