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Sentencing of violent serial sex attacker adjourned

Central Criminal Court

The sentencing of a violent serial sex attacker for the attempted rape of a woman as she arrived home after a night out has been adjourned to October next.

Slawomir Gierlowski (34) is already serving a lengthy prison term for random attacks on other women.
He was convicted earlier this year of a separate sex attack on a fourth victim on the night of December 18, 2010.

After hearing evidence at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Micheal White had adjourned the case to Wednesday.

At this hearing yesterday, Ann Rowland SC, prosecuting, told the court that the DPP intends to seek an adjournment ….read more

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Decision allowing expelled students return to school is upheld

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s decision to grant injunctions allowing two Leaving Certificate students, who were expelled for videoing and posting on social media a classmate snorting some white powder during a class, to return to school.

Last year the students, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, secured injunctions against the school’s board of management allowing the students attend class and continue their education for the academic year pending the full and final determination of their proceedings.

The injunctions, granted by Mr Justice Max Barrett, were sought as part of their High Court actions aimed at ….read more

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"As horrible an injury as I have ever witnessed": Stanley blade slasher jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for five years after he slashed a woman in the face with a Stanley blade leaving her with injuries that a judge described “as horrible an injury as I have ever witnessed”.

Mark Twomey (21) of Camac Park, Bluebell, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Melody Mbadugha on August 14, 2018.

Dean Kelly BL, prosecuting, said the Director of Public Prosecutions considered the crime to “lie at the high end of the spectrum” for such an offence.

Judge Martin Nolan noted that he had been shown photographs of ….read more

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Father jailed for rape and repeated abuse of daughter

Central Criminal Court

A father has being jailed for eight years for the rape and repeated sexual assault of his daughter.

The child’s mother told the Central Criminal Court that she will never forgive the 49 year old man.

He pleaded guilty to oral rape of the child and nine counts of sexual assault at her grandmother’s home on dates between September 1, 2014 and March 2, 2015. He also admitted sexual exploitation of a child by showing her pornographic DVDs.

The offending took place in a county in Munster. Mr Justice Micheal White ordered that nothing more specific about the location could be published.

The court ….read more

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Couples face jail if they fail to vacate Cabragh Bridge site

High Court

Two couples face the prospect of being jailed if they fail to vacate an unofficial halting site in Co Tipperary by Thursday of next week.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds had in early July made orders in favour of Tipperary County Council against several persons whose presence at Cabragh Bridge, Cabragh, Thurles, it is alleged constitutes a public nuisance.

The court heard that some of the persons at the side had moved on in compliance with the orders, but that two couples remained at the site, in contempt of the court’s orders.

Arising out of their failure to ….read more

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An Post worker stole thousands from vulnerable pensioners

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former post office employee who stole over €23,000 in old age pension payments from 91 customers has been sentenced to three years with 18 months suspended.

Paula Underwood (56) of Oakleigh, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to the unlawful use of a computer, with the intention of making a gain for herself, at Donabate Post Office between July 2008 and October 2013.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Underwood held back certain weekly payments to pensioners and over the course of 156 transactions, stole a total of €23,213 in five years.

The court heard that when the theft came to ….read more

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