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Couple given suspended sentence for storing cannabis worth over €500k must await sentence fate

Court of Criminal Appeal

(Pictured: Therese Doyle (35) leaving the Court of Criminal Appeal)

By Ruaidhri Giblin

A Dublin couple who were were given a wholly suspended seven year sentence for storing over half a million euro worth of cannabis in their home must wait to hear if their sentence will in increased.

The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday reserved judgement in an appeal brought by the Director of Public Prosecution on grounds that the sentence imposed on partners Keith Jervis (36), and Therese Doyle (35), was unduly lenient.

The couple, with a last address at Rosewood Grove, Lucan, had plead guilty to possession with intent to supply ….read more

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Man sentenced to 12 years for drugs possession has conviction quashed

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the conviction of a man who was sentenced to 12 years for the possession of cannabis worth almost a quarter of a million euro.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will not seek a retrial of Wexford native Stephen Kelly (44) for the possession of cannabis resin with a street value of €245,000 in New Ross over eight years ago. The appeal court heard today heard that the drugs have since been destroyed.

He was sentenced to twelve years with six months suspended by Judge Alice Doyle in January 2010 having been found guilty by a ….read more

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Murder accused had splashes of blood on him, court hears

Central Criminal Court

A woman has told the trial of a 21-year-old accused of murdering a man in north Dublin three years ago that she saw splashes of blood on him.

Michael Kinsella of Swiftbrook Close in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to murdering Adil Essalhi (31) at Tyrrelstown, Co.Dublin on January 6, 2011.

Gemma Brady Deegan told the Central Criminal Court she was staying in her mother’s home in Tyrrelstown Plaza when the accused’s uncle Wayne Kinsella and Mr Essalhi came back there at around 3pm.

She said that the men were drinking upstairs in the sitting room of the duplex apartment when Michael Kinsella ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Dublin man jailed for life for body-in-wardrobe murder

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

A Dublin man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to the murder of a man whose body was found in a wardrobe in 2012.

Christopher Jackson was stabbed to death in his Dublin flat almost two years ago on 7 September.

Bernard Locke (41), from Ramillies Road Ballyfermot pleaded guilty to the murder of Christopher Jackson (53) two weeks ago.

Conor Devally SC, prosecuting confirmed with Detective Garda Michael Donlon that Mr Locke had pleaded guilty to a single count of murder.

Mr Devally went on to confirm that Bernard Locke had conceded the he was guilty immediately after ….read more


Dublin supporter told garda he would 'loaf the head off her' after day of drinking

District Courts

A DUBLIN GAA supporter, who told a garda he would ‘loaf the head off her’ and threatened to kill other gardai following a day of drinking during last year’s All Ireland final, may escape a prison sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service.

Damien Murtagh of Latchfield Drive in Phibblestown in Clonee, Dublin 17 pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated at The Old Boro pub in Swords on September 22nd, 2013. He further pleaded guilty to violent behaviour at Swords Garda Station and refusing to give gardai his name and address.

Garda Elaine Duffy gave ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Mass card salesman jailed for child porn possession begins appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

A mass-card salesman who was jailed for 18 months for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography has begun an appeal against his conviction.

Thomas McNally (53) was jailed for 18 months in October 2011 after a Longford Circuit Criminal Court jury found him guilty on two counts of possessing child pornography on February 6th and 7th, 2006.

McNally, of Foynes Court, Longford, had pleaded not guilty to the possession of 676 images of child pornography which had been downloaded on to A4 sheets.

Over half the images were discovered by investigating gardaí in a field outside Longford, where a safe stolen from ….read more

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