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Burglar attacked young couple in their home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A burglar who attacked a young couple who found him in their home has been jailed for four years.

After his arrest at the house in Rialto, south Dublin, Gary Walsh (32) told gardaí that he had been invited over to play Playstation and the homeowner would confirm that.

Garda Caoileann Fitzmaurice told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Walsh appeared intoxicated and disoriented. Walsh later said he was having a bad day and had taken a cocktail of alcohol and drugs and did not remember being at the house.

Walsh of Thomas Davis Street, Dublin 8 pleaded guilty to burglary at Haroldville Avenue, ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Court "requires convincing" that man who raped woman with Down Syndrome should be given more time to appeal

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal requires convincing that a man jailed for raping a young woman with Down Syndrome should be granted extra time to appeal his conviction, the president of the court has said.

Faisal Ellahi (37), originally from Haripur in Pakistan, was found guilty of rape and sexual assault by a jury at the Central Criminal Court following a five week trial.

Ellahi admitted “sexual contact” with the victim but denied penetrative sex. Giving evidence in his defence, he claimed he did not know she had a mental impairment and looked “normal” to him. He said people with mental impairments in ….read more

Francis Lanigan

Ex-INLA man to be extradited on murder charge after long battle

High Court

(Pictured: Francis Lanigan. Credit: Collins)

An ex-republican paramilitary wanted in connection with the killing of a man in Co Tyrone almost 20 years ago, is to be returned to Northern Ireland after his long legal battle against his extradition came to an end.

Francis Lanigan (53), originally from Belfast but with an address in west Dublin, is wanted on charges of murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The offences relate to the alleged murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a hotel car park in Dungannon, Co Tyrone on May 31, 1998.

Mr Lanigan, who contested the extradition ….read more

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Drunk driver fails in appeal against 5-year jail term for causing death

Court of Appeal

A drunk driver who fled the scene of a fatal collision he caused by attempting an illegal u-turn has had his five year jail term upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Declan Moran (40), of Carrentrilla, Ballina, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of motorcyclist Martin ‘Morch’ Wynne (42) on the N26 at Ballinahaglish, Ballina on May 8, 2016. He also pleaded guilty at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court to leaving the scene.

Moran was drunk and had traces of cocaine in his body when he performed an illegal u-turn on the roadway, having pulled into the ….read more

The Special criminal court

Man admits having revolver and ammunition after trial opens

Special Criminal Court

A Kildare man has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to possession of a revolver and ammunition, one day after his trial on firearms charges opened.

Sean Ruth (29), with an address at Blacktrench, Rathangan, Co Kildare admitted today to possession of a .38 Special Calibre “Rossi” revolver and a 9mm calibre round of ammunition at a place unknown within the State between January 1, 2016 and January 24, 2017, both dates inclusive.

These offences are contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act, 1925 as amended by Section 27 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

Ruth originally pleaded not ….read more

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Surgeon groped teen who he played chess with, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Michael Shine. Credit: Collins)

A retired surgeon groped the genitals of a teenage patient with whom he played chess in hospital, a jury has heard.

Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to thirteen charges of indecently assaulting seven boys allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda.

On the third day of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial, one complainant told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that he was hit by a car during the summer of 1972 when he was aged 14 and ….read more

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