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Attempted murder charge dropped as film studio apprentice admits machete assault

Central Criminal Court

An apprentice film studio electrician has pleaded guilty to producing a machete during an assault close to Finglas Garda Station more than two years ago.

Martin Cunningham (27) was charged with attempting to murder Kenneth Fitzsimons (41) at Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 on April 10, 2019 but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) today agreed to drop the attempted murder charge when Cunningham pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and producing a machete, a weapon “capable of inflicting serious injury”.

A jury had been sworn to hear Cunningham’s trial but Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told them that their service ….read more

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'This is your f**king fault': drunk driving mum screamed at children at garda stop

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mother of two who drove home drunk from a friend’s house party with her young children in the back of the car screamed at them and was abusive to gardai after she was pulled over, a court has heard.

Lawyers for the woman, who is studying to be a carer, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that it was her “first time out in years literally” and she had arranged to stay overnight with her children.

Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, said that people had gone to bed when one of the children became unsettled. The woman rang a taxi but then ….read more

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Bus driver who punched school girl will be released from indictment if he meets conditions

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A bus driver who assaulted a school girl will be discharged from the indictment if he meets the judge’s conditions, a court has heard.

Norense Okungbowa (46) assaulted the then 17-year-old girl in the car-park of a hotel where they had arranged to meet. He was a bus driver and had met the victim while she travelled on his bus.

Okungbowa of Shackleton Grove, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault at Finnstown Hotel, Newcastle Road, Lucan, on September 1, 2018. He has no previous convictions.

Sergeant Shay Leonard told Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, that the victim got to know ….read more

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Contempt proceedings against Garda Commissioner over injuries assessment

High Court

(Pictured: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photo: Collins)

A garda who claims he suffered psychiatric injuries in the line of duty has been granted permission to bring proceedings alleging contempt of court against Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said he was satisfied to allow lawyers acting for Detective Garda Aidan Bracken, who is currently on sick leave and unable to work since 2015, bring a motion against the Commissioner over an alleged failure to comply with an order of the court made last August.

The order, which was made following the resolution of an action brought by Detective Bracken, requires the ….read more

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Murder trial jury must focus on question of intent, judge charges

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a homeless man who admits killing his friend but denies it was murder must focus on the question of intent, the trial judge has told them.

Damien Singleton (31) of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Peter Donnelly (then 39), also of no fixed abode but originally from Kilkenny, on O’Connell Street in Dublin in the early hours of June 11, 2019.

The defence have argued that Mr Singleton’s mind was “polluted, contaminated by a cocktail of alcohol and drugs” and that this meant he could ….read more

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Man who admitted to rape on basis of recklessness is jailed

Central Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan & Brion Hoban

A young man who raped his friend in her bed four years ago has been jailed for four years.

The victim, who was 22 at the time, told gardaí that she woke up in her bed to find the then 25-year-old raping her. The man had come over to her house the previous evening and gotten drunk before following her to her bedroom after she went to bed.

Last July he pleaded guilty to rape at a place in Dublin city on March 1, 2017. Lawyers for the man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s ….read more

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