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Father of three stole €10.5k from woman living in care home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-three has been jailed for stealing over €10,000 from a woman living in a care home who is now deceased.

Gareth Levins (33) stole the money over a three-week period using a bank card procured by a relation of his who had worked as a carer for the victim. None of the money has been recovered.

Levins, of Edenmore Crescent, Raheny, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the theft of a total of €10,549 at various locations in Dublin on dates between January 30, 2017 and February 21, 2017.

Detective Garda Andrew Fox told John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that ….read more

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Essex Migrant Tragedy: man wanted on 39 manslaughter charges appears before High Court

High Court

(Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan, head of the Garda Extradition Unit, leaving the High Court today. Credit: Collins)

A Monaghan man alleged to have recruited the lorry driver who killed 39 migrants by trafficking them from Europe to Essex has appeared before the High Court in Dublin this morning.

Ronan Hughes (40), of Leitrim Silverstream, Tyholland, Co Monaghan is wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom to face 39 counts of manslaughter and one count of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

Mr Hughes and his younger brother Christopher (34) have been wanted in connection with the deaths since the beginning of the investigation, ….read more

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Repeat offender who donned wig to rob McDonald's is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson & Brion Hoban

A robber who donned a wig and sunglasses while robbing his local McDonald’s has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

After his arrest Anthony Sweeney (37) of St Marks Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin told gardaí he was trying to feed his drug habit.

Sweeney pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of McDonald’s, Liffey Valley, Clondalkin on August 5, 2019. He also admitting robbery at the same restaurant a month later. He has 35 previous convictions, including convictions for robbery and carrying a firearm with criminal intent.

The court heard that Sweeney had been attending school while in ….read more

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State to oppose challenge by Waters and O'Doherty to Covid-19 laws

High Court

(Pictured: Mr John Waters and Ms Gemma O’Doherty. Credit: Collins)

The State is to oppose a High Court challenge brought by John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty against laws introduced by the government arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Waters and Ms O’Doherty claim that the laws are flawed and unconstitutional and want them struck down.

In judicial review proceedings against the State and the Minister for Health, they seek to have various pieces or recently enacted legislation declared null and void by a judge of the High Court.

The legislation challenged includes the 2020 Health Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in ….read more

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Convicted child abuser admits attacks on two more victims

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A convicted child abuser has pleaded guilty to sexual assaults on two more victims.

The Dublin man, who cannot be identified to protect the anonymity of the victims, is already serving a prison sentence for the repeated and prolonged sexual abuse of a teenage boy on dates between 2009 and 2015.

He was jailed in December 2017 after he pleaded guilty to this offending and to the sexual assault, in 2015, of a second teenage boy.

On Monday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the man, who is aged in his 50s, entered guilty pleas to five counts of sexual assault against two victims ….read more

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Teen who murdered Cameron Blair gets life with minimum of 13 years to be served

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Sentencing judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

A teenage boy who murdered 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair by plunging a knife into his neck outside a house party in Cork city has received a life sentence that will be reviewed in 2032.

The teenager, now aged 17, will be detained at Oberstown Children Detention Campus until he turns 18 next month when he will be moved to an adult prison.

Passing sentence at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said that “the deliberate recourse to knives by young men must be deterred and the public must be ….read more

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