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Man who denied assaulting bouncers has his case dismissed

District Courts

A MAN charged with assaulting two bouncers – breaking one man’s nose and causing another man to break his coccyx bone – at a Swords nightclub had his case dismissed after a judge ruled that one of the witnesses was not credible.

‘Something did happen on the night alright but I am dismissing both charges,’ said Judge Dermot Dempsey at Swords District Court after he heard all of the evidence of what was alleged to have occurred on the night. He also viewed CCTV footage of the night.

Cillian Mahoney (22) of Orwell Park Green in Templeogue in Dublin 6 had pleaded ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Detective brings action aimed at preventing dismissal

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A Detective garda who admitted breaching Garda rules concerning the handling of informants has brought a High Court action aimed at preventing his possible dismissal from the force.

The action has been brought by Limerick based detective Brian Culbert who claims the internal disciplinary process he has been subjected to is procedurally flawed and should be discontinued.

In proceedings against the Garda Commissioner the deceive is seeking various orders including one preventing the disciplinary process against him from proceeding any further.

Today at the High Court, Breffni Gordon BL for Detective Culbert said his client had been involved in the ….read more

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Man accused of child sex abuse seeks to prohibit retrial

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A man accused of sexually abusing three children in the sixties and seventies has brought a High Court action aimed at prohibiting his retrial.

The man, who cannot be identified, is charged with more than 40 counts of sexually abusing three siblings in Co Wexford on dates between 1966 and 1979. The man denies all the charges against him.

Last November, following a trial that lasted two weeks, a jury at Wexford Circuit Court failed to reach a verdict on 46 charges of sexual abuse allegedly carried out on the children between 1966 and 1979. A re-trial was ordered.

In ….read more

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Reserved judgement in appeal brought by rapist who wore women’s underwear

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgement in an appeal brought by a man who was jailed for fifteen years for ambushing a woman in the public toilets of a Cork town and subjecting her to over half an hour of rape and sexual violence.

Przemyslaw Jakubowski (39) was wearing women’s underwear when he grabbed the woman from behind as she was drying her hands after running errands in the town. He pulled her into a cubicle and threatened to kill her.

Jakubowski, formerly of Egmont Court, Earls Street, Kanturk had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to twelve ….read more

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Man convicted of murder of friend who died two years after he was shot begins appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A Dublin man has begun an appeal against his conviction for the murder of his friend who died two years after he was shot in the head.

In February 2012 Jonathan Dunne was jailed for life by Mr Justice Paul Carney having been found guilty of murdering Ian Kenny (21) by a Central Criminal Court jury.

Dunne (28), formerly of Windmill Park, Crumlin, had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Kenny at Lakelands Road, Stillorgan.

He had been serving a 12-year sentence for attempted murder but in a landmark case was tried for murder after Mr Kenny died in hospital ….read more

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Woman who admitted killing her 8-year-old son has sentencing adjourned

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Cork woman who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her eight-year-old-son has had her sentence hearing adjourned for two weeks.

Diane Ward (45) of Harrison Place, Charleville was due to be sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court.

Ward appeared in court earlier this month where she pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter of her son on 3 September 2012.

Timothy O’Leary SC, prosecuting, said that the ‘status remains the same’ and asked for one more week to be given before sentencing.

Mary Rose Gearty SC, defending, said ‘my client’s position is very difficult’ and reminded the court ….read more

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