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Teen attacked woman in laneway

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenager who assaulted a woman in a laneway will be sentenced early next year.

Xolani Mdakani, now aged 21 years old, grabbed the woman in a headlock but later ran off when a woman in an apartment overlooking the lane shouted at him. He was identified on CCTV.

Mdakani, formerly of St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the woman causing her harm at Henry Place, Dublin 1 on February 9, 2018.

He has 36 previous convictions, including three for assault, as well as theft, burglary and trespass.

Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, said Mdakani had come ….read more

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Ukrainian man stole €95k in welfare payments

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Ukrainian national who stole over €95,000 in social welfare under two false names has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Viktor Voloshin (51) obtained false Lithuanian documentation for two separate aliases which he used to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance and Rent Supplement over an eight year period between 2008 and 2016.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Voloshin was not entitled to work in Ireland as a Ukrainian national and told gardaí he “did not want to beg”.

Voloshin, of Oak Glen View Road, Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to stealing Jobseeker’s Allowance and Rent Supplements at various locations in Dublin ….read more

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Truck driver's drugs admission not unfair, appeal court rules

Court of Appeal

A Laois truck driver, who brought almost €300,000 worth of cocaine into Dublin, has lost his appeal against conviction.

The driver had denied saying: “So you found the drugs, then?” to the officer who discovered them, but the alleged admission was allowed into evidence at his trial.

The drugs were found stashed into a fire extinguisher in Aidan Conroy’s truck after it was seized at Dublin Port more than five years ago.

Judge Patricia Ryan jailed him for eight and a half years in 2018, describing him as a facilitator in the importation of the drugs.

The 41-year-old of Ashbrook, Clonaslee, had pleaded not ….read more


Handcuffed accused trying to dispose of drugs hidden in underwear

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who attempted to discard a quantity of drugs while being led to a patrol car by gardaí has received a fully suspended sentence.

Sean Maher (20) had already been arrested for possession of drugs and was wearing handcuffs when he attempted to dispose of further drugs hidden in his underwear.

Maher, of Deansrath Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Grand Canal Bank, Clondalkin, on June 27, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

Garda Brendan Murphy told Joseph Barnes BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, gardaí were ….read more

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Firearms accused refused to engage with gardai

Special Criminal Court

A man accused of possession of a loaded semi-automatic weapon refused to engage with gardai following his arrest, his trial has heard.

Trevor Byrne (40) of Cappagh Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, was arrested during a raid on a Dublin house in 2019. Armed gardai found him sitting on a couch beneath which a loaded semi-automatic firearm was later discovered.

Garda Sean White today told prosecution counsel, John Byrne BL, that he was appointed as the jailer at Clondalkin Garda Station where Mr Byrne was brought, having been arrested late in the night on November 15 2019.

Gda White was responsible for the ….read more

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Former TD seeks to identify posters of alleged defamatory material

High Court

(Pictured: Former TD Mr Frank O’Rourke. Credit: Collins)

Former TD Frank O’Rourke has brought High Court proceedings over what he says are several untrue and defamatory posts about his personal life that were published on social media platforms shortly before last February’s general election.

Mr O’Rourke has brought separate High Court proceedings against both Facebook and Twitter seeking information that would identify the posters of material on social media which he claims was defamatory.

He also claims that the statements were designed “to cause maximum professional damage to me” in the 2020 General Election, at a time when he was going through ….read more

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