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Garda punched in face after high-speed chase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who smashed the windscreen of a patrol car and later punched a garda in the face has been jailed for 16 months.

Thomas Doyle (26) was spotted by Garda John Ryan driving in the Crumlin area. The officer, who was a passenger in a marked patrol car, indicated that Doyle should pull over as he knew he was a disqualified driver.

Garda David Costigan told Diane Stuart BL, prosecuting, that Doyle instead accelerated away from the patrol car at such speed that smoke billowed from the back wheels.

The gardaí pursued Doyle who continued to drive at speed in the area ….read more

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Violent teen offender jailed for attack on woman

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenager with previous convictions for violent offending who assaulted a woman in a city centre laneway has been jailed for three years.

Xolani Mdakani, now aged 21 years old, grabbed the woman in a headlock but later ran off when a woman in an apartment overlooking the lane shouted at him. He was identified on CCTV.

Mdakani, formerly of St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the woman causing her harm at Henry Place, Dublin 1 on February 9, 2018.

He has 36 previous convictions, including three for assault, as well as theft, burglary and ….read more

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Murder accused 'completely destroyed' after custody hearing, wife tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A man on trial for murder was “completely destroyed as a human being” after his daughter was placed in the custody of the deceased by a court, his wife has told the Central Criminal Court.

Asta Dauksiene testified that her husband was completely committed and devoted to his daughter, telling the court: “It was the meaning of his life”.

Evidence has been given that the deceased had received custody of the child in an “abnormal and accelerated” District Court hearing days before the killing. The jury has also heard that the accused man, who was unrepresented during the court proceedings, had ….read more

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Jail for man who repeatedly stamped on homeless man's head

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A homeless man who repeatedly stamped on the head of an unconscious homeless man and knocked out his false teeth in the process has been jailed for three years.

Keith Devine (26) then went through the pockets of the other homeless man who he had knocked unconscious during an assault in which he punched the victim eight times.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that following the assault there was blood coming from the victim’s tear ducts.

Devine, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm in a laneway at Glovers Alley, Dublin 2, on June 4, 2020. He has 28 previous ….read more

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Boys kept in Ireland due to father's face mask concerns must be returned to France

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision directing that two children, whose Irish father refused to allow them to go back to their mother in France over the mandatory wearing of masks in French schools, must be returned to their home.

The court heard that the two children were born in France, where they normally reside, to an Irish father and a French mother. The primary school age boys and their parents cannot be named for legal reasons. The court heard that the parents separated and the boys’ father returned to Ireland.

Last year, while the children were on a visit ….read more

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Challenge to development site that includes demolished home of 1916 leader

High Court

A bid by a South Dublin residents group to overturn a decision to grant planning permission for 105 apartments and ten new apart-hotel bedrooms on a site in Ballsbridge has opened before the High Court.

The action is brought by the Pembroke Road Association against An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant permission to Derryroe Ltd, a company owned by the McSharry and Kennedy families who own the Herbert Park Hotel, to develop a site at 36, 38 and 40 Herbert Park Road.

The site includes the demolished former home of the 1916 Rising leader Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, known as ‘The O’Rahilly’, ….read more

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