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Collopy claims risk of inadequate care for 'severe back' pain if extradited

High Court

Jonathan Collopy, who is wanted in Bulgaria to serve a sentence for drink driving and who has a conviction for serious drugs offences from the early 2000s, claims there is a risk he will receive inadequate medical care for his “severe back pain” should he be extradited there, the High Court has heard.

Katherine McGillicuddy BL, for Mr Collopy, told Mr Justice Paul Burns today that her client suffers from “back and disc problems” and prison facilities in Bulgaria were “substandard”. She argued that the High Court had “some duty” to prevent the respondent’s health deteriorating and said he is ….read more

Catherine Dawson

Criminals used care worker to move €600k during lockdown

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Catherine Dawson. Credit: Collins)

Criminals used a 44-year-old care worker to transport more than €600,000 in cash because she had a valid reason to travel during the pandemic lockdown, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Mother-of-two Catherine Dawson had a previously unblemished record and was acting on the instructions of another person when she allowed the money to be put into her car, her barrister Caroline Biggs told the three-judge court. She has lost her standing in her community, her job as a supervisor with a healthcare company and must build her life again, counsel said.

The court also heard that a ….read more

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Teenage boy admits to murder

Central Criminal Court

A teenage boy has admitted murdering a Romanian national in the Kilmainham area of Dublin last year.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, was charged with the murder of 39-year-old Claudiu Robu at a laneway off Madison Road, South Circular Road, Dublin 8 on September 14, 2020.

Dressed in a black jacket, white shirt and trousers, the boy stood and pleaded guilty when a charge of murder was put to him by the registrar at the Central Criminal Court this afternoon.

Prior to the boy’s arraignment, defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC with Seoirse O’Dunlaing BL said ….read more


Lidl sues IFA over milk allegations

High Court

Lidl Ireland has told the High Court that allegations made by the Irish Farmers Association that the supermarket chain has misled its customers and that its own brand milk is not Irish are untrue and defamatory.

The German-owned chain claims that in recent weeks the IFA has published adverts in the media that contain statements about Lidl, including that its milk is not Irish, that it says are extremely damaging to its business and its reputation.

It also claims that the allegedly untrue allegations contained in the adverts have been repeated by senior IFA figures in media interviews and on its own ….read more

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Crime cash accused told gardai that money had come from 'up his Swiss roll'

Special Criminal Court

A father-of-four accused of laundering crime cash told gardai that €1.2k had come from “up his Swiss roll” when asked to account for it, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The non-jury court heard today that Graham Whelan told officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) that he had gotten €1,275 in cash from “up his Swiss roll, up his arse” and told them to keep it, when they searched his penthouse suite at the south Dublin Intercontinental Hotel in 2019, which it is alleged he had booked for three nights.

Mr Whelan was granted bail by the ….read more

Prince Ncube

Glitch in online banking used to steal thousands

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Prince Joseph Ncube. Credit: Collins)

A young financial services worker who spotted a technical glitch in an online banking system and manipulated it to steal almost €25,000 has been given a suspended sentence.

Prince Joseph Ncube (24) was working in a separate financial institution in April 2017 when he became aware of a way to manipulate Bank of Ireland’s online banking system, allowing him to create what are termed notional credits in his own bank account.

He opened up four deposit accounts in April 2017 which allowed him to transfer the funds between the various accounts to facilitate the theft.

Detective Garda Shane ….read more

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