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Criminal threatened to kill and 'boot baby out of' former partner

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Brion Hoban

A criminal who harassed his former partner by calling her up to 100 times a day and threatening to throw acid in her face and “kick your baby out of you” has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Karl Fields (26) had been in a relationship with the woman and had a young child with, her but he took issue with her new relationship, which the court heard was the motivation behind his threats.

The woman was in her local garda station making a complaint about the threatening calls when Fields phoned her. The investigating garda told the ….read more

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Conviction for repeated rape of sister upheld

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man who repeatedly raped and abused his younger sister – including with the use of a screwdriver – over a period of six years has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction.

The 37-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect his sister’s identity, was convicted at the Central Criminal Court of 33 counts of rape and 15 counts of sexual assault.

All offences occurred between January 1999 and October 2005 when the girl was aged ten to 16 years. On 15 March 2016 the appellant was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment by Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy for ….read more

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Mentally ill murder accused should be released if CMH can't take him, lawyers argue

Court of Appeal

A mentally ill man awaiting trial for allegedly stabbing a man to death should be released until he can be treated at the Central Mental Hospital, his lawyers have told the Court of Appeal.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Conor O’Neill has said that the only appropriate place to treat Sean Murphy (26) is at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) but due to a shortage of beds he is being held in Cloverhill Prison.

The three-judge court today heard that Mr Murphy is refusing to take antipsychotic medication and his condition is deteriorating. If admitted to the CMH doctors could administer medication without ….read more

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Notorious UK con woman Damji is granted bail

High Court

Notorious con woman Farah Damji, who is the daughter of a wealthy property tycoon and who is wanted in the UK for fleeing a trial, has been granted bail by the High Court this evening.

Farah Damji (54) fled to Ireland in February of last year during her trial in the UK, where she was convicted in her absence by Southwark Crown Court, London, of twice breaching a restraining order in April and June 2018.

Ms Damji, who presented herself as an Icelandic national and was living in Dublin, is the daughter of a deceased South African-born property tycoon and has a ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Rapist who attacked visiting student in her home fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

A man who raped a visiting student at her home after sexually assaulting her on a bus has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Delivering the decision of the three-judge Court of Appeal today, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said there was “overwhelming evidence” to convict Ibrahim Gharib.

42-year-old Gharib, an Egyptian national, was convicted in November 2017 of rape, sexual assault and threatening to kill or cause serious injury to his then 27-year-old victim on July 7 and 8 2016. The rape and threat occurred at the victim’s home while the sexual assault occurred earlier, on a bus as she travelled home.

Gharib’s ….read more

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Residents challenge Dublin housing development

High Court

A High Court challenge has been brought against An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant planning permission for a 278-unit residential development in North Co Dublin.

The action is against the board’s decision, made last February, to allow developer MKN Property Group build the units contained in four apartment blocks and associated works at lands located at Fosterstown North and Cremona Forest Road in Swords, Co Dublin. The proposed development is the first phase of a three-phase project.

The challenge has been brought by three local residents, Mr Kevin O’Reilly, Ms Carolyn Watkins and Mr Michael Biggins, who say they are ….read more

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