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Olympic showjumping trainer claims she owns 50% of valuable horses

High Court

An Italian woman being sued by her former Mexican lover and his company over the movement of two valuable horses to Ireland claims that she owns a 50% share of the animals, the High Court has heard.

The horses are a grey stallion named ‘Milton’, who was pre-selected to represent Belgium in next year’s Olympic Games, and a gelding named ‘Diego’, who is expected to compete in the next European Championships. The horses are worth an estimated €4 to €4.5m.

Last week the High Court granted businessman Jose Alfredo Hernandez Ortega and his company Leeston Enterprises SA, who claim they own the ….read more

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Prosecution closes case in Adrian Donohoe murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

The prosecution has today finished its evidence in the trial of Aaron Brady, who denies murdering Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe during an armed raid on a rural credit union.

The trial at the Central Criminal Court began in January but the jury did not sit for several weeks after the Covid-19 lockdown began.

Trial judge Mr Justice Michael White opted to continue and when the jury returned in May the courtroom had been set up to allow for social distancing, while restrictions were placed on the number of people who could be in court at ….read more

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Rape victim asked if she'd fabricated allegations to explain why she wasn't a virgin

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Declan Brennan

A father who repeatedly raped and abused his young daughter has been jailed for ten years.

The 41-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted after a trial at the Central Criminal Court last February of multiple counts of sexual assault and rape of his daughter on various dates between 2009 and 2015.

The victim was ten years old when the abuse began and the attacks only ended after she married in 2015, shortly before her 18th birthday.

During the two-week trial, the man’s lawyers put it to the victim that she fabricated the ….read more

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Former school principal claimed abuse victims 'had vendetta against him'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Patrick Harte. Credit: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Brion Hoban

A former school principal who repeatedly molested school boys amidst an atmosphere in his class of severe corporal punishment told gardai that his victims had “a vendetta against him”.

After a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last March, Patrick Harte (78) was convicted of 11 counts of indecently assaulting seven pupils at the Sancta Maria Christian Brothers primary school on Synge Street, Dublin between September 1968 and September 1970.

At his sentence hearing today, the court heard that when gardai put the victims’ allegations to Harte in 2015, the former teacher ….read more


Bewley's landlord seeks arrears and possession of iconic property

High Court

The landlord of Bewley’s Cafe on Dublin’s Grafton Street has brought a legal action against the operators of the landmark premises seeking alleged rental arrears of €747,000 and possession of the property.

The action has been brought by RGRE Grafton Ltd, which is a company controlled by developer Johnny Ronan.

The landlord wants its action against the cafe operator Bewley’s Cafe Grafton Street Ltd, where it seeks summary judgement of €747,000 and possession of the premises located at 78-79 Grafton Street, admitted to the the fast-track Commercial Court list.

The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice David Barniville on Wednesday, when in ….read more

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Bail for man (61) charged with involvement in attempted murder of Kinahan target

Special Criminal Court

A man charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately has been granted bail, despite the objections of gardai.

Stephen Fowler (61) of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, is one of two men co-accused at the non-jury court charged with the offence under Section 72 (1A) of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

Mr Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonashaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

The charge alleges that the accused between December 7, 2016, and April 6, 2017, both dates inclusive, within ….read more

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