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Father does not accept jury verdict that be abused daughter (9)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A Dublin man has been jailed for three years and four months for sexually assaulting his then nine-year-old daughter as she shared his bed one night.

The man (39) was convicted by a jury in May this year following a trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the girl on an occasion between January 1, 2017, and 30 April, 2017 at their home.

A victim impact statement from the now 13-year-old girl was read into the record at a previous sentence hearing. In it, she said that at nine years old, she ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man engaged in online abuse fantasy about granddaughters

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A grandfather engaged in an online sexual fantasy with a stranger about the rape of his two granddaughters, then aged seven and two years old, a court has heard.

The 65-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children involved, engaged in a Skype chat conversation with a Canadian going by the name of ‘Bill’ about raping the children, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

The conversation was found on the man’s laptop by gardaí who searched his house after they became aware of child abuse material in the home. Two copies of a single child abuse ….read more

Four Courts

Teacher challenges vetting bureau's decision to disclose sexual impropriety allegation

High Court

A teacher has brought a High Court challenge over the Garda vetting bureau’s decision to disclose details about allegations of sexual impropriety to the Teaching Council.

The male teacher, who denies any wrongdoing, claims that the decision is flawed and should be set aside because the vetting bureau arrived at its finding using documents that the teacher and his lawyers were not given sight of.

The secondary school teacher was the subject of allegations, made to the Gardai in 2013, that over 20 years ago he had massaged the backs of two female children, who were not his students, in ….read more

Garda stock

UK criminal gets eight years over €6m cannabis operation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A British criminal who was caught transporting over six million euro worth of cannabis has been jailed for eight years.

Anthony Kinghorn (48) was arrested along with another man by a derelict field after they had collected and transported the drugs which had entered into the country from abroad.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that this was an operation which involved “a high-level of advanced planning” and that gardaí seized a mobile phone equipped with software to ensure law enforcement agencies were unaware of the movements of those involved.

Kinghorn, of Hatfield, Herdfordshire, London, England, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale ….read more

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Rapist father went on to defile three teenage girls

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Isabel Hayes

A father who sexually abused his daughter over a seven-year period went on to defile three underage girls after leaving the family home, a court has heard.

The Dublin man (56) had sexual encounters with two teenage girls and entered into a sexual relationship with a third, who lived with him for a period of time.

This occurred after his daughter reported the seven years of sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father to her mother in 2014 and he left the family home, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

The man is currently serving ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Widow (78) targeted, followed and strangled in own home

Central Criminal Court

A 47-year-old man has been jailed for life for the murder of an elderly Limerick woman, whom he “ruthlessly” targeted in the supermarket, followed and later strangled in her home.

The father-of-two had ‘shoulder surfed’ 78-year-old Rose ‘Rosie’ Hanrahan, while the widow paid for groceries in December 2017, the day after he had arrived in Ireland.

Alexandru Iordache left the country again a week later but was tracked down through DNA he left behind.

The Romanian, with a previous address at Dreptatti Street, Bucharest, had pleaded guilty to her murder on or about December 14-15, 2017, at New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick City.

He received ….read more

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