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Child rapist used voluntary network to target boys, judge finds

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

A judge has said that a child rapist used his membership of a voluntary paramedic organisation to target two boys who he then drugged and sexually assaulted.

In one attack, the 29-year-old Co Kildare man used an oxygen mask to force one 15-year-old victim to inhale a pain relief drug before sexually assaulting him. In a second attack the accused raped the unconscious child while another man recorded it on his mobile phone.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Adrian Donohoe trial hears of match with car belonging to robbery suspect

Central Criminal Court

A car identification expert has said a BMW belonging to a suspect in the robbery that led to the shooting of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe matches a car identified on CCTV footage by investigating gardai.

Andy Wooller of Acuity Forensics told the trial of Aaron Brady, who denies Det Gda Donohoe’s murder, that the vehicle seen on CCTV is either the suspect’s BMW or the same model and make with similar alloy wheels and a similar roof that reflects light differently to the rest of the car’s body.

Aaron Brady (28) from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh has pleaded not guilty to ….read more

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Man caught with heroin claimed he was getting papers for Chihuahua

Court of Appeal

A Cork man has appealed the drugs conviction that led to him being sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He had told gardai that he was out getting papers for his pet Chihuahua, when caught with more than €37,000 worth of heroin in his jeep.

Daniel Wyse (36), with a last address at Glenfields Park, Ballyvolane, was charged with possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Halfway Crossroads, Rathduff, Co. Cork on 15th February 2014.

Gardaí had attempted to stop and search the Grand Vitara jeep Wyse was driving, and followed him into a cul de sac. Wyse, who had a ….read more

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Handgun accused nicknamed garda after 'Red Rock' character, trial hears

Special Criminal Court

A detective has told the Special Criminal Court that he was on first-name terms with a man accused of possessing a loaded gun and that the accused had even nicknamed him after a TV Garda character.

Paul Norton (31) from Cromcastle Court, Coolock, Dublin 17, has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a Beretta handgun and 31 rounds of 9mm ammunition at the Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock, Dublin on October 5th, 2019.

In the absence of DNA evidence, the trial has heard that the State’s case was one of recognition and it is alleged that Mr Norton, while ….read more

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Criminal jailed after high-speed pursuit left garda with serious injuries

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who brought gardaí on a high speed cross-city chase before causing the garda car to crash into a wall has been jailed for five years.

Garda Thomas Bialkowski suffered severe eye and facial injuries after the butt of his firearm hit him in the face after his garda car crashed in Tallaght in the early hours of December 29, 2018.

Thomas Stokes (30), the driver of the car, was caught a short time later after trying to flee the scene. He has 171 previous convictions, including 88 for road traffic offences.

Stokes, with an address at Anne Street, Newbridge, o ….read more

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11 accused in child sex abuse case to be tried together

Central Criminal Court

Lawyers have told a High Court judge that the State intends to run as one trial the cases of six women and five men accused of multiple offences relating to the alleged sexual abuse and neglect of children.

The 11 defendants, who range in age from 25 to 76, face over 200 charges.

The charges include sexual assault, sexual exploitation and child cruelty and neglect under Section 246 of the Children Act 2001.

The alleged victims are all juveniles and the offences are alleged to have happened at locations in Limerick on dates between 2014 and 2016.

The defendants, who have addresses in several ….read more

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