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Man emerged from overturned car to attack street residents

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban

A man emerged from an overturned car and attacked a resident of the street on which the car had flipped upside down, a court has heard.

Conor Clarke (29) punched one man and jumped into another man’s car during an incident that ensued after he and two other men emerged from an overturned car.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a nurse who had stopped to offer assistance later drove away from the scene as she feared Clarke would attempt to pull her out of her car.

Clarke, of Glenshane Green, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to unlawful seizure of a vehicle, attempted ….read more

Special Criminal Court

'Cunning, manipulative' abuser has sentence for defiling two teens reduced

Court of Appeal

A “cunning” abuser who plied two young teenage girls with drugs before defiling them at his apartment in a midlands town has had a prison sentence for the offences reduced from nine to seven years.

The 31-year-old male succeeded in his appeal against the severity of the original sentence handed down at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court in November 2019 of a 12-year jail term with the final three years suspended.

The appellant, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his victims, had pleaded guilty to the defilement of a 14-year-old girl under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 on ….read more

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Barrister in Lunney trial complains judge is 'rubbishing' defence case

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Michael O’Higgins SC. Photo: Collins)

A barrister has complained that the presiding judge in the trial of four men accused of abducting businessman Kevin Lunney is “rubbishing” an important part of the defence case and was “dismissive and contemptuous” in his tone.

Michael O’Higgins SC was cross-examining fingerprint expert Detective Garda Ernie Frazer about blood marks inside a Renault Kangoo van when Mr Justice Tony Hunt interrupted to ask: “Where is this blood?”

Mr O’Higgins asked the witness to leave and then told the judge that he wanted to “legally complain of the observation made by the court.” ….read more

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Armed robber's conviction for shooting two pizza restaurant staff is upheld

Court of Appeal

An armed robber jailed for 15 years after shooting two staff during a raid of their restaurant has lost his appeal against conviction.

Workers had resisted his attempts to rob the take-away as staff toasted the first moments of New Year’s Day 2019.

Joseph Behan (45), of Edenmore Park, Raheny, Dublin was convicted by a jury of robbery, attempted robbery, assault causing serious harm, assault causing harm, possession of a firearm and reckless discharging of the firearm at Mizzoni’s Pizza, Edenmore Shopping Centre, Raheny, on January 1, 2019.

During the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury heard that staff were toasting ….read more

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Regina Keogh has Hutch murder conviction appeal dismissed

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Regina Keogh. Photo: Collins)

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Regina Keogh’s appeal against her conviction for Gareth Hutch’s murder.

The mother-of-five was found guilty of murdering Mr Hutch by colluding with her gunman brother.

The 42-year-old was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 by the Special Criminal Court, who found that she had colluded with Jonathon Keogh to cause serious injury to Mr Hutch.

Jonathan Keogh (34) was also jailed for life by the non-jury court, having been found guilty of the ‘deliberate and callous murder’ on the morning of May 24, 2016.

Gareth Hutch, the 35-year-old nephew of Gerry ‘the monk’ ….read more

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Judge directs not guilty verdict against woman in Munster abuse trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of extended family members accused of child abuse has been directed to return a not guilty verdict against the children’s uncle’s partner.

Addressing the jury this afternoon, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said that he had been considering legal matters in the jurors’ absence and “there have been a number of developments”.

He said that in respect of the children’s uncle’s partner, the four charges against her were to be withdrawn and she would no longer be appearing as an accused person in the trial.

The 32-year-old woman had pleaded not guilty to four counts, including sexual assault ….read more

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