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Jail for man who downloaded 'grotesque' and 'shocking' child abuse material

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A man who downloaded almost 3,000 images and videos of “grotesque” and “shocking” child abuse material has been jailed for a year.

Sergio Arriaga (44) downloaded and stored over 2,700 images and 234 videos of child sex abuse material across various hard drives, some of which depicted children as young as two years old.

Arriaga, of Liffey Crescent, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at his address on April 29, 2013. He has no previous convictions.

Imposing sentence today, Judge Elma Sheahan said the nature of the child abuse material ….read more

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Graveyard flower seller jailed after being caught with €217k in unlicensed tobacco

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A graveyard flower seller has been jailed for his role in supplying shops and private homes with untaxed tobacco products.

When Revenue officials moved in on Eamonn Lynch (44) at a container storage yard in north Dublin, they found cigarettes and loose tobacco with an estimated retail value of just over €217,000, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Marie Treacy, customs officer, told Grainne O’Neill BL, prosecuting, that the total tax loss to the exchequer was around €175,000, including just under €40,000 in VAT and just over €135,600 in “tobacco products tax”.

Lynch of Lanesborough Avenue, St Margarets, Dublin pleaded guilty to delivering tobacco ….read more

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Street dealer 'distributor' is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drugs distributor who was caught by gardaí handing over cannabis to a street dealer has been jailed for two and half years after a further amount of drugs was found in his home.

Alex Campbell (29) of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having drugs for sale or supply at his then home in Custom House Square, Dublin 1, on May 14, 2021. He has one previous conviction for possession of drugs.

Garda Brian O’Connell said that he stopped Campbell in a taxi after he saw a suspected drug transaction when Campbell handed over a paper ….read more

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Families take action against wind farm operator over alleged noise and nuisance

High Court

Two couples have brought High Court damages actions over what they claim is the nuisance and excessive noise being generated by windfarm located near their Co Wexford homes.

The actions have been brought by Margaret Webster and her partner Keith Rollo, as well as Ross Shorten and Joan Carty against Meenacloghspar (Wind) Limited, which operates the two turbines at the Ballyduff Windfarm at Kilcomb, near Enniscorthy in Co Wexford.

The plaintiffs both have properties close to the windfarm, which has been in operation since 2017.

The allege that since that date, they have been subjected to constant noise and nuisance which had damaged ….read more

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Drugs mule smuggled 2.5kg in cocaine in false-bottom suitcase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Brazilian woman who attempted to smuggle more than 2.5 kilos of cocaine into the country in the false bottom of a suitcase has been jailed for two and a half years.

Santana Silvana (26) agreed to bring cocaine with a street value of over €175,000 into Dublin airport in January this year out of financial “desperation”, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Silvana, with an address in Sao Paolo, Brazil pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drugs for sale or supply at the airport on January 24, 2022. She has been in custody since her arrest.

Emmet Nolan BL, prosecuting, ….read more

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Garda Asst Comm would 'absolutely not' have approved destruction of records had they been required, Regency trial hears

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Asst Comm Orla McPartlin. Photo: Collins)

A Garda Assistant Commissioner has said she would “absolutely not” have signed off on the destruction of records from a tracker device deployed on former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall’s jeep if she had the “slightest inkling” that the material was required and instead would have ordered its retention, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Asst Comm Orla McPartlin told the non-jury court today that she has already started the process of “tightening up” the policy document which covers the destruction of records.

Earlier, the Regency Hotel murder trial heard that gardai had recovered records from ….read more

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