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Paedophile fails in bid to overturn conviction for raping girlfriend's sister

Court of Appeal

A paedophile who complained that he did not receive a fair trial after he was found guilty of raping his then girlfriend’s seven-year-old sister has failed in his bid to have his conviction quashed.

Kenneth McDonald (56), of Wexford town, had pleaded not guilty to the rape and indecent assault of the girl at locations in Co Wexford on dates between January 1987 and November 1994.

However, a jury found him guilty following a trial at the Central Criminal Court and in October 2019 he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice Alex Owens.

McDonald ….read more

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Serial rapist should have been allowed cross-examine victim on 'sexual history', lawyers submit

Court of Appeal

The judge in the trial of a man who was jailed for 20 years for the “ultra violent” rape of two Czech sex workers in Irish hotels erred by not allowing the cross-examination of one of the victims on her “sexual history”, his lawyers have argued before the Court of Appeal.

Gheorghe Goidan (49), formerly of the Plaza Apartments, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15, but now a prisoner of Midlands Prison, had contacted the women via a website. After arranging to meet them in hotel rooms, he pulled a knife and threatened them before repeatedly assaulting and raping both women in two separate ….read more

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Father's conviction for raping special needs daughter is upheld

Court of Appeal

A father who was jailed for 11 years for the rape of his special needs daughter in the family home has lost his appeal against the conviction.

The man, now aged 59, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his now adult daughter, was imprisoned after a jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted him in July 2019 of two counts of rape contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1990, one count of rape contrary to Section 4 of the same act, and two counts of sexual assault contrary to Section 2 of ….read more

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Man caused 'so much destruction' by raping and abusing daughter

Central Criminal Court

A man who “caused so much destruction” by raping and sexually assaulting his daughter will be sentenced later this month.

Patrick Shiels (66) sexually abused and orally raped his daughter, who was aged between four and eight at the time, during visits to his home.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim in this case, Marlene Prakash-Shiels (26), wished to waive her right to anonymity so that the defendant could be named.

Shiels was found guilty of oral rape and four counts of sexual assault on various occasions between September 2000 and December 2004 at his then address in Togher, Portlaoise, Co ….read more

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Rugby player built up debt by using cannabis to manage pain

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A student rugby player who built up a drug debt from using cannabis to manage pain from an injury has avoided jail for moving €10k worth of the drug.

Darragh Kelly (23) of Sarto Lawns, Sutton, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful possession for sale or supply of cannabis at James Larkin Road, Raheny, Dublin 17 on April 7, 2020.

Kelly was caught by gardai with two bags of cannabis with an estimated street value of €9,804.

Defending counsel, Keith Spencer BL, told the court that Kelly had built up a drug debt of €4,000 by using cannabis ….read more


Second worker secures payment after unexpected closure of 'cash-for-visas' company


A worker has secured an order for a redundancy payment worth around €3,000 against a company promoting Irish residency visas to international property investors after it “unexpectedly” shut down last year.

Brian McCarthy’s claim for statutory redundancy under the Redundancy Payments Act against Huawen Foundation Ltd has been upheld by the Workplace Relations Commission.

Mr McCarthy is the second worker to secure a payment – following an award of over €12,000 to a colleague who won a Payment of Wages claim after being left without pay for four months.

The company, which previously offered investment opportunities under the Department of Justice’s Irish Immigrant ….read more

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