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Man admits to murdering 11-year-old boy

Central Criminal Court

A 28-year-old man has admitted murdering an 11-year-old boy in the south-west of the country over a year ago.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today via video-link from prison.

He pleaded guilty to murdering the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, in the south-west of the country on November 3, 2019.

At today’s brief hearing, prosecution counsel Michael Delaney SC told Mr Justice Michael White that the victim was an 11-year-old boy and therefore his name could not be reported.

Section 252 of the Children Act, ….read more

Ian Kidd

Clerical sex abuse victim avoids jail for causing €100k in damage to church

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ian Kidd. Credit: Collins)

A victim of clerical child sexual abuse who caused €100,000 in damage to a church because he was upset by a “derisory” offer of compensation has been given a fully suspended sentence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that on July 26, 2017, Ian Kidd (54) received a letter from solicitors for the Catholic Church with a “final offer” of €30,000 for the abuse he said he suffered at the hands of a priest.

He found this offer derisory and became upset, his lawyer Marc Thompson BL said. Kidd went out and filled a can with €5 worth of ….read more

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Challenge to planning refusal for Kildare housing development

High Court

A High Court challenge has been brought against An Bord Pleanala’s refusal to grant permission for a development consisting of 64 housing units in Co Kildare.

The action has been brought by Athy-based Keshmore Homes Ltd (KHL), which had sought permission to develop the proposed units at a site in Kildare Town which is adjacent to an existing residential housing estate.

The proposed development consists of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses and eight apartments in a single two-storey block.

Permission for the development had been refused by Kildare County Council. KHL appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanala, which last November upheld the ….read more

Conor Freeman

€2m bitcoin hacker no longer facing 108-year sentence after US withdraws request

High Court

(Pictured Conor Freeman. Collins)

The United States is no longer seeking the surrender of a Dublin computer hacker for the theft of over $2 million in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies after his conviction here, the High Court has heard this morning.

With the withdrawal of the extradition request, Conor Freeman is no longer facing a maximum possible sentence of 108 years in prison after a sentence of two years and 11 months was imposed on him here.

Siobhán Ni Chúlacháin BL, for the Attorney General, told High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Burns today that Freeman was already serving a sentence in ….read more

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'Boredom at work' led former Irish Times worker to produce and distribute child abuse material

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former Irish Times worker told gardaí that boredom at work and curiosity about the internet led him to produce and distribute hundreds of graphic images and videos of child abuse.

Frederick Hunt (74) was caught after an FBI investigation linked an email address involved in the trading of “child pornography” to his home in Ballinteer, Co Dublin.

In January 2012, gardaí went to Hunt’s home and seized a number of mobile phones and computer devices. They also linked Hunt to illegal activity carried out on his work computer at his former place of work in the Irish Times building in Dublin ….read more

Wayne Fitzgerald

Man used ill father to withdraw cash from dead man's account

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wayne Fitzgerald. Collins)

A man who used his ill father to withdraw over €9,000 from a dead man’s bank account has been given a suspended sentence.

Wayne Fitzgerald (47) became aware of the existence of the account after the deceased man’s bank statements were mistakenly posted to his father, who has the same name as the account holder.

The account holder used to live in the same building 10 years previously and their names differed only by the initial of their middle name.

Sergeant Brian Hunt told Judge Martin Nolan that Fitzgerald’s father was suffering from dementia when he brought him to the ….read more

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