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Murder conviction for throwing homeless man down rubbish chute is quashed again

Court of Appeal

A man who killed a vulnerable homeless man by throwing him down a 40ft rubbish chute has had his murder conviction quashed for the second time by the Court of Appeal.

The three-judge court this morning substituted David O’Loughlin’s murder verdict with a manslaughter verdict, having found there was no evidence that he intended to kill or cause serious injury to Liam Manley.

O’Loughlin (33), of Garden City Apartments, North Main Street, Cork was convicted of murdering Mr Manley on May 12, 2013 following a retrial at the Central Criminal Court in January 2019. His first conviction was overturned by the Court ….read more

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Owners want to stop fisherman from trawling near transatlantic cables

High Court

The owners of two under-sea transatlantic communication cables are seeking High Court injunctions preventing fishermen from trawling near their ‘extremely expensive to repair’ property.

The action has been brought by GTT Communications Inc and related entities Hibernia Express Ireland Ltd and Hibernia Atlantic Cable System Limited, which run cables between Ireland, the UK and Canada.

The court heard that the cables carry data from some of the largest financial firms, telecommunications firms and cloud operators. One of the cables carries information key to traders on the global stock markets.

The companies claim that the owners of several fishing vessels have been trawling in ….read more

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Cash-in-transit robber is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The getaway driver for a cash box robbery in which a man was held at gunpoint with an imitation firearm has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Graham Doyle (34) drove a car which was later found to contain items designed to gain entry to the security box and destroy any evidence on the box, including hacksaws, a hammer, a chisel and bottles of bleach.

Doyle of The Iona, Prospect Hill, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of €27,800 in cash at Aldi, Main Street, Clonee, Co Meath, on January 6, 2020. He has 23 previous convictions, including ….read more

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DAA's action against Traveller families over new runway land is resolved

High Court

High Court proceedings brought by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) over Traveller families living in the exclusion zone around the airport’s new North runway have been resolved.

The DAA had sought orders and injunctions for vacant possession of land located in Collinstown, north Dublin that had previously been leased to Fingal County Council to house Traveller families. The council was also joined to the action.

The airport authority claimed the lands were occupied by several members of the McAleer family, whom the DAA claimed have no entitlement to be there. The DAA said it needed the lands vacated as a matter ….read more

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Pensioner attacked during robbery plans to leave home neighbourhood

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A pensioner who was attacked during a robbery of her local bookies has said she is now planning to move out of the area where she has lived all her life.

Two men were involved in a robbery of the bookmakers on the South Circular Road in Rialto, Dublin city on March 30, 2019.

Detective Garda Nathan McKenna told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that a 66-year-old woman was putting down her regular lottery numbers when one of the men grabbed her by the neck and began shouting at the teller to give them money.

This man pushed the victim against the glass and ….read more

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Serial car thief jailed for attempted hijackings

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A serial offender who carried out a spate of car thefts, including attempting to hijack two women as they drove in their cars, has been jailed for three years.

Sean Marsh and a juvenile accomplice unsuccessfully tried to take a woman’s car as she drove out of her driveway in Malahide, Dublin, in July last year before they caused another woman to swerve when they tried to stop her car as she drove along the road.

They threw a bottle at that woman’s car, smashing the rear window, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

The pair then entered a third woman’s house nearby ….read more

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