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Special Criminal Court rejects second jurisdiction application in two days

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Brendan Grehan SC. Credit: Collins)

Two men will go on trial for the murder of gangland figure Eamon Kelly at the Special Criminal Court next week after their application to get their cases moved away from the three-judge, non-jury court failed this morning.

Lawyers for the two men argued that the court was a de-facto permanent court but had only been established as an emergency court in 1972 and therefore did not have the jurisdiction to hear the cases. They also argued that the human rights of their clients could arguably be being breached by not having their ….read more


Contraband seller is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin father who said he was holding drugs, tobacco and a loaded firearm for others in order to pay off gambling debts has been jailed for four years.

William Fagan (29), of Merchants Square, East Wall, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis for sale or supply, possession of 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition and tobacco products on which excise duty had not been paid at his home on April 16, 2020.

Garda Damien Egan told Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, that gardai searched Fagan’s home and he readily admitted that the cannabis, valued at €35,805, as well ….read more

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Road rage driver who ran over taxi man's feet is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Sonya McLean

A man who ran over a taxi driver’s feet in an act of road rage has been jailed for a year.

James Devereux (34) told gardaí he fled from the scene after rear-ending the taxi because he thought the incident was “some sort of set-up operation” and he feared he was about to be attacked.

However, Judge Melanie Greally noted that neither gardaí nor the probation officer had been able to ascertain any reason for the incident other than it being “a simple act of road rage”.

Devereux, of Knockriada, Chapelizod, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court ….read more


IT worker avoids jail for 'up-skirt' photos on Luas

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

An IT worker caught by a Luas passenger surreptitiously using his phone to take pictures up a woman’s skirt has been given a nine month suspended sentence.

Francesco Lampasi (43), of Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside, Dublin 18, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to engaging in offensive conduct of a sexual nature on the southbound Green Line tram between the city centre and Bride’s Glen on August 2, 2019.

Garda Karl O’Neill of Dundrum Garda Station told Eoin Lawlor BL, prosecuting, that a passenger noticed Lampasi holding his mobile phone down by his side as he was alongside a ….read more

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Drugs defendant fled to Spain for 14 years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A father of three has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail for cocaine possession, 14 years after fleeing to Spain to avoid prison.

David Kilroy (40), of Heather Close, Rathfarnham, Dublin, was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on charges of possessing €46,230 worth of cocaine for sale or supply in the Village Green area of Tallaght on July 4, 2006.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in 2007 but absconded from his bail before sentencing and started a new life in Spain, the court heard.

Detective Garda Conor Harrison told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that he ….read more

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Boy who alleges rape at hands of father and others tells trial he was given pills

Central Criminal Court

A boy alleged to have been raped and sexually abused by various family members has told a trial that he was given pills by his parents to make him fall asleep.

During cross-examination today, the now 11-year-old boy told the trial of three men and four women who are accused of sexually abusing three children that he thinks he was given these pills “every second night”.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, include the parents, grandmother and aunts and uncles of the three main child complainants. The accused range in ages from 27 to 57 and live in various ….read more

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