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Search for "rate of human decomposition" on computer seized from Patrick Quirke's home

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

A google search for “rate of human decomposition” was carried out on a computer that was seized from murder accused Patrick Quirke’s house, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The internet search was carried out in December 2012, 18 months after Bobby Ryan went missing and four months before his body was discovered on land then leased by the accused man. The user clicked on links to websites that contained articles called: “The five stages of decomposition” and “How the human body decomposes after death”.

The trial also heard emails were sent from Mr Quirke to ….read more

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Hutch family member broke into Revenue office

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A member of the Hutch family “living in fear for his safety” has been jailed for breaking into the Offices of the Revenue Commissioners and assaulting a man who tried to prevent him leaving.

Alan Hutch (36) was confronted by a staff member who found him in his office as he returned from a tea break. The man was punched several times by Hutch during violent scuffles as he tried to prevent him leaving with a stolen mobile phone. Gardai were alerted and all property recovered.

The prosecuting garda told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the Hutch name had been involved in a ….read more

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Man sent supervisor graphic child porn video

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man told his supervisor he emailed him a video of a baby being raped to highlight the dangers of child sexual exploitation, a court has heard.

Frank Kamara (29) with an address at Loreto Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography on January 17, 2018.

Garda Joanne Grogan told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that Kamara was working as a member of a cleaning crew at a shopping centre in Dublin city.

On the date of the offence he sent a video to his supervisor who viewed the video for two seconds and was shocked ….read more

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Drug dealer who stabbed man to death in broad daylight guilty of murder by unanimous verdict

Central Criminal Court

A father-of-one has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a fellow drug dealer who had threatened his family over a €100 debt. The accused had chased him across a busy street and stabbed him to death in broad daylight.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Rihards Lavickis (26) admitted that he went out with a knife on 1st November 2016 ‘to get’ Akadiusz ‘Arik’ Czajkowski for threatening his family and breaking their windows.

The Latvian native, with an address at Annaly court in Longford, pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to the manslaughter of the Polish father-of-two outside Longford ….read more

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Businessman failed to raise defence to €2.2m summary judgement, court rules

High Court

The High Court has ruled that a company and businessman have failed to raise a defence to applications by AIB for summary judgement against them for sums of over €2.2m.

Mr Justice Michael Twomey found that Hirar Properties Limited and Mr John Philip Ryan, otherwise known as JP Ryan, had “no fair and reasonable probability of having a real or bona fide defence” to Allied Irish Bank Plc’s bid for summary judgement.

AIB sought judgement of €2.8m against the company, arising out of its alleged failure to repay loans advanced by the bank, as well as summary judgement ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

DPP must prove "absence of consent" in alleged assault case, lawyers argue

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Lawyers for a man charged with assault have argued that the case should be thrown out because the prosecution could not prove the alleged injured party did not consent to the incident.

The defence application relied on a recent Supreme Court decision in a case taken by a prisoner who claimed that another prisoner asked to be assaulted in an effort to be transferred to an open prison.

Gerard Brown claimed Stephen Cooper, a former garda, told Brown to pretend to attack him and alleged Cooper had said “Don’t hold back” and “Just make sure there is blood.”

He claimed Cooper told him ….read more

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