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Regency accused told gardai taxi could have been 'cloned'

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Paul Murphy. Photo: Collins)

A taxi driver accused of participating in the murder of Kinahan Cartel member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel by providing access to a vehicle told gardai that his Avensis taxi could have been “cloned”, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Accused Paul Murphy also told detectives in his first interview that he had purchased the Toyota Avensis vehicle from the older brother of Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, Eddie ‘Neddie’ Hutch, who he had known since he was a “young fella” and had paid him €175 per week for a year.

The three-judge court was also ….read more

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'Huge betrayal of trust': man stole €10k from stepdad to feed cocaine habit

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who stole over €10,000 from his stepfather to feed his cocaine habit in a “huge betrayal of trust” has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Father-of-one Ashley Medina (33) pleaded guilty to sample counts representing 54 charges of theft carried out in the Dublin 8 area between December 2020 and February 2021.

The court heard Medina, of North Terrace, Inchicore, was in the throes of addiction when he used his step-father’s bank card to withdraw multiple amounts of about €250 from various ATMs.

Medina’s step-father has since died, the court heard, but the defendant had made ….read more

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Wind farm can stay open after Supreme Court dismisses residents appeal

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought by local residents against a lower court’s finding that certain parts of a Co Waterford-based wind farm did not amount to unauthorised development.

The effect of the decision, which concerns an 11-turbine wind farm at Ballyduff in Co Waterford operated by Barranafaddock Sustainable Electricity Limited, means the wind farm can continue to operate.

The proceedings were brought by several local residents, who claimed in proceedings brought under Section 160 of the 2000 Planning and Development Act that the wind farm amounted to an unauthorised development and should be shut down.

Among the issues raised ….read more


Notorious sex offender Paget attacked garda after high speed chase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A notorious sex offender broke a garda’s hand while resisting arrest after the on-bail theft of a delivery driver’s car and subsequent high speed chase, a court has heard.

When the garda approached Jason Paget’s hospital bedside, the defendant noticed the injury to the garda’s hand and shouted: “I hope it is fucking broken, I hope it’s fucking sore, I hope it’s fucking mangled”.

He then shouted at a nurse to “Get this cunt away from my bed”.

At around 9pm on December 18, 2021 a pizza delivery man had stopped his Mini Cooper on the South Circular road to make a ….read more

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Cocaine mule cyclist avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man caught transporting over €17,000 in cocaine by bicycle has walked from Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with a suspended sentenced.

Alan Brody (52) of Kilmahuddrick Walk, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, lived a “very quiet life” but accrued a drug debt because of his cocaine addiction, the court heard.

Brody, a father-of-one, pleaded guilty to possessing 249 grams of cocaine while cycling towards the Nangor Road in Kilmacud on June 5, 2020.

Garda Brendan Murphy told Caroline Cummings BL, prosecuting, that he was on patrol on the day when he noticed a cyclist getting off his bike, leaning it against a bus stop ….read more

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Garda murder accused's responsibility diminished by mental illness, psychiatrist tells trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright. Photo: Collins)

Murder accused Stephen Silver suffered from a mental disorder that “contributed significantly” to his actions when he shot and killed Detective Garda Colm Horkan, a consultant psychiatrist has told the Central Criminal Court.

Dr Brenda Wright diagnosed Mr Silver with bipolar affective disorder and said that his mental capacity was diminished by his illness and therefore his responsibility for the act was diminished.

She agreed with defence counsel, Roisin Lacey SC, that Section 6 of the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act says that where a person on trial for murder was suffering from a mental ….read more

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