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Peter Conlon

'A shabby and repugnant fraud': charities platform boss barred for 16 years

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Conlon. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has disqualified the founder and former Managing Director of the collapsed fundraising service Pembroke Dynamic Peter Conlon from being a company director or officer for 16 years.

The period of disqualification is one of the longest ever handed down by the Irish courts.

In a judgement, Mr Justice Mark Sanfey said that in light of Mr Conlon’s grave conduct when running Pembroke, a disqualification period of 18 years was merited to reflect the gravity of the wrongdoing.

“It is difficult to conceive of a more egregious and reprehensible fraud that the diversion of ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Christmas Day burglar urinated throughout victim's home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A serial burglar who was connected to a break-in by the blood he left at the scene after breaking a window to gain entry has been jailed for 18 months.

Robert Hedderman (37) was on bail at the time of this burglary for another burglary committed on Christmas Day 2016, during which he damaged furniture and electronic devices while also urinating throughout the house.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that he is currently serving a three-and-a-half year sentence of imprisonment for the burglary committed in 2016.

Hedderman, of no fixed abode but with a former address at Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to ….read more

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Deceased sent jackpot cash to brother in Romania, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A witness in a murder trial has told the jury that the deceased sent cash from a casino jackpot win to his brother abroad the day before he was killed.

At the Central Criminal Court today, witness Viorica Ciocirla said she was given the deceased’s money to bring with her on her holiday to Romania, which was to be given to the family of Ioan Artene Bob.

Mr Bob (49), a construction worker of no fixed abode, was found in a park in Tallaght, Dublin 24, on the morning of April 13, 2018, and later died in hospital due to his injuries.

Feri ….read more

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Garda tells Bray shooting trial he 'never took any cash' belonging to Pete Taylor

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Taylor. Credit: Collins)

A garda who took possession of trainer Pete Taylor’s clothing after he was shot at Bray Boxing club has told the Central Criminal Court that he “never saw or took any cash” belonging to him.

Garda Glenn McLoughlin, who was the first responder to arrive at the scene of the fatal attack at Bray Harbour, said the boxing coach was not wearing any tracksuit bottoms in the ambulance or hospital as his right leg was exposed.

“They weren’t taken off him in my presence,” he added.

Mr Taylor, who had organised the early morning fitness ….read more

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'Scumbag' pepper-sprayed and robbed man with cerebral palsy

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiachra Gallagher

A robber who pepper-sprayed and beat a man with cerebral palsy before stealing his phone has been jailed for five and a half years.

Phillip McCabe (22) and an accomplice also stole a purse and iPhone from a Spanish woman on the same date.

McCabe, with no fixed abode, was involved in a serious road traffic accident some time after the offences, and was in a coma for a number of months before gardai could question him in relation to the robberies.

McCabe told gardai that he could not remember the robberies because of head injuries sustained in the accident, but ….read more

Four Courts building

Long-running 'Belfry Funds' cases are settled

High Court

More than 270 High Court cases over investor losses from the collapsed UK property investment “Belfry Funds” have been settled.

The settlement of all the cases, which is confidential, was announced before the High Court on Thursday morning.

The lead case in the actions, brought by 83-year-old investor Ms Bernadette Goodwin, came before the court late last month but was adjourned to allow out of court settlement talks take place.

When the matter returned before Mr Justice Brian O’Moore today, John O Donnell SC for Ms Goodwin told the court that the time afforded to the parties had been put to productive use.

Counsel ….read more

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