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Jury deliberating in trial of martial arts teacher accused of manslaughter

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jonathan Dargan. Credit: Collins)

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a martial arts teacher accused of manslaughter.

Jonathan Dargan (49) of Belfry Manor, Citywest, Dublin denies the unlawful killing of 56-year-old Patrick Mullally on Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6, on the night of March 6, 2016. He also denies assault causing harm to Lauren Mullally and Shane Cunningham during the same incident.

The jury has heard that Mr Dargan had worked as a doorman at the now-closed Lillie’s Bordello nightclub in Dublin.

The jury heard that Mr Cunningham and Mr Mullally had left a pub just before 4am ….read more

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DPP's treatment of court ruling "impossible to understand", defence say

Special Criminal Court

A senior guard’s “belief evidence” that two men are members of the IRA is “valueless” and their trial should discontinue, a defence barrister has told the Special Criminal Court.

Hugh Hartnett SC also informed the court that it’s a matter of “historical fact” that there has been no prosecution of a person for IRA membership without “belief evidence” since 1972.

Defence counsel John D Fitzgerald SC submitted that rulings made by the non-jury court in the trial had been treated with “casualness by the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP], which was at “at odds” with the role of the director and “impossible ….read more

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Father and son had loaded handguns

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father and his teenage son were caught with loaded pistols and ammunition before the father led gardaí on a high-speed chase through west Dublin, a court has heard.

In Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today, Dean Fitzsimons (19) was jailed for seven years for a range of offences, including three counts of possessing a firearm on two occasions in Blanchardstown, Dublin earlier this year.

His father, Kenneth Fitzsimons (39) was jailed for five-and-a-half years for offences which included two counts of possessing a firearm, dangerous driving and resisting arrest.

The court heard Kenneth Fitzsimons was stabbed earlier this year by people who were ….read more

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"Lamentable" pair robbed, falsely imprisoned and viciously attacked teenage boys

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two men have been jailed for their role in robbing and attacking three teenage boys and forcing the victims to walk around the area to withdraw cash from their bank accounts.

Lewis Larkin (33) was sentenced yesterday to seven years with the final 18 months suspended after Judge Martin Nolan said the incident must have been “terrifying” for the three 15-year-old victims. He noted that Larkin has 111 previous convictions and was intoxicated at the time.

Today, Judge Nolan sentenced 18-year-old Craig Douglas to three years’ imprisonment with the final 20 months suspended.

“This is a lamentable case,” Judge Nolan said. He said ….read more

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Drug dealer admitted having crime cash while high on valium

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was caught money laundering more than €380,000 and in possession of €80,000 worth of cocaine has been jailed for seven years.

David Farrelly (31) was under the influence of valium when he went into Ballymun Garda Station and said he wanted to take responsibility after gardaí found €364,000 in cash and a pistol in a box in his stepfather’s home in September 2017.

“I won’t let my da get the blame for that,” Farrelly told gardaí at the time, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

However, when questioned by gardaí the following day, Farrelly denied any involvement in the crime.

His ….read more

Special Criminal Court

"Novel and startling" to exclude witness evidence due to lack of notes, court finds

Special Criminal Court

Judges at the Special Criminal Court have said it would be “novel and startling” for surveillance officers evidence to be excluded due to their failure to take notes of sightings during a Kinahan cartel conspiracy to murder investigation.

The non-jury court also refused to grant a direction to acquit accused Liam Brannigan (37) of conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th, 2017. Mr Brannigan from Bride Street, Dublin 8 has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Three men, Joseph Kelly, Luke Wilson and Alan Wilson, have previously all pleaded ….read more

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