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Valentine Kelleher

Siblings settle claim against wind-farm operator for €225k

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Valentine Kelleher. Credit: Collins)

Three siblings, who claimed that their family had to abandon their home due to illnesses allegedly caused by a nearby wind-farm, have secured €225,000 as settlement of their High Court damages claims.

The awards were part of settlements made without admission of liability to Laura, David and Jack Kelleher.

The siblings claimed that they, along with their parents, had to leave their family home, at Gowlane North, Donoughmore Co Cork in late 2016, several months after a 10-turbine wind farm went into operation.

They claimed that the noise, vibrations and shadow flicker from the turbines, located just ….read more

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Husband said he lay down with wife after killing her, murder trial to hear

Central Criminal Court

A man accused of murdering his wife told gardai that he lay down with the mother of his three children for ten minutes after he killed her, a jury is to hear.

Rafal Karaczyn (34), of Crozon Park, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his 30-year-old wife Natalia Karaczyn, who is also originally from Poland, at their family home in Crozon Park between April 29th, 2018 and May 1st, 2018.

His trial got under way this afternoon at the Central Criminal Court before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of seven women and five men. The trial is ….read more

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Man accused of violent €50k extortion bid is granted bail

Special Criminal Court

A man accused of attacking and falsely imprisoning a man in a Louth farmhouse before demanding £50,000 from him has been was granted bail at the Special Criminal Court, despite garda objections.

Two men, charged with attacking and falsely imprisoning Edward McAndrew at One Ferry Hill, Cornamucklagh, Omeath, Co Louth on or about December 2nd, 2017, appeared before the court today for a bail hearing.

They are also charged with robbing Mr McAndrew of several items, including two mobile phones and a passport.

William Twomey (56), from Havelock Place, Warrenpoint, Co Down and Anthony Finglas (49), also of Havelock Place, have been in ….read more

Martin Lumsden

No jail for man with 110 previous convictions who robbed Trocaire boxes

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Martin Lumsden. Credit: Collins)

By Brion Hoban and Declan Brennan

A criminal with 110 previous convictions who broke into a primary school and stole hundreds of euro from Trócaire boxes before going on to commit armed robbery while on bail has received a suspended prison sentence.

Martin Lumsden (35) and another man were spotted by gardaí on traffic duty outside Gaelscoil Cholmcille in Coolock, north Dublin in the early hours of the morning as they climbed over the railings of the school.

Garda Finbarr Fleming told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he also saw the two men throw a heavy bag over the ….read more

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Girl tells creche worker's trial she was not making up allegations

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A girl allegedly sexually assaulted by a childcare worker in her creche has denied making it up, his trial has heard.

The girl, who is now aged 11, was today cross-examined by defence counsel in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial of the 29-year-old man.

The man has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of sexually assaulting four girls between February 2015 and December 2016. They were aged between five and eight at the time.

The jury was played a video of the then eight-year-old girl being interviewed by a specialist garda in January 2017, a month after the allegations came to light. ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Former solider has jail time cut for abusing girls

Court of Appeal

A former soldier jailed for sexually abusing three young girls, including his stepdaughter, over the course of a decade, has had the final 12 months of his 15-year prison sentence suspended following a successful appeal.

Shane Costello (50), with an address at Hillview, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, was found guilty of the rape, oral rape and attempted oral rape of his stepdaughter on dates in 2012 when she was aged between 13 and 14 years. He had denied these charges.

Waiving her right to anonymity, Costello’s stepdaughter said the attacks robbed her of her youth, innocence and dignity. “The past will ….read more

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