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Kildare man wanted in US on fraud, money-laundering charges to make his case to High Court

High Court

A Kildare man wanted in the US in connection with fraud, money laundering and identity theft will make his case to the High Court on Thursday on why he says he should not be extradited.

Patrick Lee (41) is alleged to have knowingly engaged in a scheme with others to intentionally defraud numerous US banks and mortgage lenders out of loans for properties, which were never repaid.

US authorities have sought his extradition in order to prosecute him for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, six counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

The felony offences ….read more

Marques Cropped

"Largest facilitator of child porn in the world" refused legal aid

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man the FBI has called “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” was refused legal aid today to his application for a judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him in Ireland.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, has been in custody since his arrest in ….read more

Marques Cropped

"Largest facilitator of child porn in the world" spent his money on McDonald's and escorts, court hears

High Court

A man the FBI has called “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” told the High Court today that he gave €250,000 euro to his Romanian girlfriend and the rest of his daily expenses went on McDonalds, escorts and petrol.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, has been in custody since ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

No firearms residue found on murder accused, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

A forensic scientist has told a Dublin murder trial that no firearms residue was found on the accused.

Eugene Cullen (30) of Derry Road, Crumlin has pleaded not guilty to murdering Seamus O’ Byrne (27) at Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13, 2009.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that Mr O’Byrne was shot dead by a hooded gunman in front of his girlfriend and child in the driveway of their home.

The prosecution alleges that Mr Cullen was not the gunman but one of four men involved in plotting, planning and executing the murder.

Today consultant forensic scientist Liam Fleury told the ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Trial of man charged in connection with murder of David Black in voir dire

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court trial of a man charged in connection with the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black has heard evidence on the detention and arrest of the accused man.

Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of withholding information in relation to the murder.

The trial has entered a voir dire, a trial within a trial to determine legal issues relating to the detention and arrest of the accused man, the legality of obtaining certain forensic samples, searches of his apartment in Smithfield and an address in Finglas, ….read more

justice new

Man who caused the deaths of three people while drink-driving sent back to jail

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man who caused the deaths of three people in a head-on collision after driving on the wrong side of the road having drank almost three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit was sent back to prison today following a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Court of Criminal Appeal had found that the sentence of four years with one suspended imposed on Kevin McArdle (31), of Longfield, Carrickmacross, at Monaghan Circuit Court in October 2011 for dangerous driving causing death was “unduly lenient”.

The 31-year-old had drank almost three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit and was ….read more

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