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Sutton Post Office

Man guilty of tiger kidnapping at home of post mistress

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been convicted of a tiger kidnapping four years ago in which a postmistress, her daughter and an Italian student were abducted from their home.

Paschal Kelly (53) with an address at Cootehill, Co. Cavan, had pleaded not guilty to trespass and to false imprisonment of postmistress Susan Lawlor, her daughter Emma Carter and Italian student Gabriella Saisa at Seabury Drive, Malahide, Dublin, on September 25, 2014.

Kelly had also pleaded not guilty to robbing Ms Lawlor of cash at Bayside Post Office, Sutton, Dublin, and threatening to kill her, Ms Carter and Ms Saisa at an unknown location in ….read more

Barry Watters

Six years for child porn offender who exposed himself to school children

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Barry Watters. Credit: Collins)

A man who was repeatedly caught with child pornography over the past decade has been jailed for six years for this crime and for exposing himself to children on their way to school.

Barry Watters (42) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of indecency in Dublin city in December 2014, and possession of child pornography at Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, on October 20, 2016.

Watters, formerly of Infirmary Road, Dublin and originally from Dundalk, Co Louth, has six previous convictions, mainly for possession of child pornography. He has one for criminal damage where he ….read more

Four Courts building

Transport Federation's bid for injunction over migrant fisherman is dismissed

High Court

The High Court has dismissed the International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) bid for an injunction against the State over a work permit scheme it claims is allowing migrant fishermen to be exploited and trafficked.

Mr Justice Tony O’Connor, in refusing the application, said he accepted that the federation may be trying to prevent something that is one of “the world’s worlds worst human rights abuses”, namely human trafficking of migrant workers.

However, the court “could not ignore that stark warning given by responsible officers of State bodies about the adverse effect on those non-EEA workers who can benefit from the protections having ….read more

Tiarnan OMahoney2

Ex-Anglo exec's insurers are refused trial costs

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Tiarnan O’Mahoney. Credit: Collins)

A judge has refused to grant insurers the costs of two trials in which they covered a former senior Anglo Irish Bank charged with conspiring to falsify records.

In late 2017, Tiarnan O’Mahoney (59) of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow was acquitted by direction of the trial judge of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify books and documents relating to the affairs of Anglo Irish Bank Corporation PLC.

The court heard these records were linked to Anglo’s former CEO Sean FitzPatrick.

He was also acquitted, by direction, of conspiracy to defraud the Revenue Commissioners, who were conducting an investigation ….read more

Garda Warren Farrell

Garda goes on trial accused of dangerous driving causing death

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Warren Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A serving garda has gone on trial accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a woman four years ago.

Warren Farrell (35), who is based in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, was the driver of a marked patrol car that was responding to a panic button call at a Topaz garage when the car struck a pedestrian.

Elizabeth Core was crossing the road and appeared not to see the patrol car, James Dwyer SC, prosecuting, told the jury in his opening speech for the State.

The emergency lights of the patrol car were activated but the siren was de-activated ….read more

Four Courts dome

Couple without running water for months sue relatives

High Court

A couple whose home has been without running water since September after a JCB allegedly destroyed a pump house serving the property have brought High Court proceedings against their neighbours and relatives.

The action has been brought by Anthony and Kathleen Hogan, of Mullica Lower, Donard, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow against Kevin Lawlor Senior and his son Kevin Junior, also of Mullica Lower, Donard, Dunlavin.

Mrs Hogan and Mr Lawlor Senior are siblings, the court heard.

At the High Court, Ronan Lupton BL instructed by Clarke Jeffers Solicitors, for the Hogans, said it is his client’s belief, but they cannot say ….read more

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