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Pharmacy chain owner admits to deceiving HSE

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The owner of a chain of pharmacies has pleaded guilty to deceptively obtaining payments from the HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Service.

The scheme is responsible for making payments to healthcare professionals, like GPs, dentists and pharmacists, for the free or reduced costs services they provide to the public.

John Corr (55), of Vergemount Hall, Clonskeagh, Dublin appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning, charged with 20 counts of deception, contrary to section six of the Theft and Fraud Act, 2001.

He had been sent forward for trial from Dublin District Court, where the court heard he is accused of deception of the ….read more

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Accused can attend criminal trial remotely, in first for Irish courts

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

An accused in a criminal trial has been granted permission to attend his trial remotely, in what is believed to be a first for the Irish courts.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, said today that it was an “unusual application but it comes out of the unusual times we live in”.

Ray Kennedy, who is charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly, will be allowed to attend his trial remotely via video-link for its duration, after the court found ….read more

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Covid sees Central Criminal Court trials adjourned for years

High Court

Trials at the Central Criminal Court are being given commencement dates over two years away as the courts battle to deal with the backlog of cases created by measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Before setting a date in 2023 for attempted murder accused Inita Romanovska this morning, Mr Justice Michael White also said that jury trials, which have been postponed since the New Year, will not recommence until the end of March at the earliest.

He said a meeting will be held on March 15 to determine when trials can begin again and a jury panel is scheduled to ….read more

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Delaney's bid to bar media from hearing 'very draconian', court told

High Court

(Pictured: John Delaney. Credit: Collins)

John Delaney’s bid to bar the media from a hearing over the inspection of thousands of documents seized as part of an investigation into the FAI is “very draconian”, the High Court has heard.

The application arises out of the former CEO’s concerns that media reports of the court case will result in private and legally privileged information being wrongfully put in the public domain.

However solicitor Simon McAleese, for the Sunday Times newspaper, told Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds on Wednesday that his client is opposed to Mr Delaney’s bid to have the ongoing hearing heard ‘in camera’.

In ….read more

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Sentencing of sex attacker Murphy adjourned after prison goes into lockdown

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Philip Murphy. Credit: Collins)

By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

The sentencing of sex attacker Philip Murphy for assaults on two women in Dublin city centre four years ago has been adjourned because the prison he is on remand in is currently in lockdown.

Murphy (40) was not produced from the Midlands Prison today and Judge Melanie Greally adjourned the case to April 16 next for sentence. She said it is likely that she will be imposing a custodial sentence so the adjournment should not impact Murphy.

The Midlands Prison is currently in lockdown after a number of prisoners and staff have tested ….read more

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Woman accused of trying to murder Tinder date won't stand trial until 2023

Central Criminal Court

A woman who is accused of attempting to murder a man she allegedly met on Tinder will not stand trial for over two years due to the backlog of cases that has arisen during the pandemic.

Inita Romanovska (34) with an address at Cahercalla, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare, is charged with attempted murder during an incident at an apartment complex at Henry Street, Limerick on March 11, 2020.

Ms Romanovska, who is originally from Latvia, did not appear at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today where Mr Justice Michael White scheduled her trial to begin on March 6, 2023. ….read more

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