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Violent teenager bit, stabbed hostel staff

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A violent teenager with 17 previous assault convictions who stabbed a hostel cleaner after biting another member of staff who tried to stop a fight has been remanded on bail pending sentence later.

Mary Bridget McCann (18) was a resident in the hostel in College Street, Dublin 2, when a fight broke out between her and another woman staying there. The first staff member, a porter, tried to intervene when she saw McCann had a steak knife.

McCann bit her finger and held onto it for ten seconds before the second victim, a cleaner, came to his colleague’s assistance. McCann stabbed him ….read more


Man admitted being in 'chats' and 'groups' about child abuse material

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who admitted to gardaí that he was involved in “chats” and “groups” about child abuse material has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Philip Yeboah (24) of Rochdale, Honey Park, Dun Laoghaire pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography on February 2, 2018. He has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since.

Garda Brian O’Neill told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that gardaí were alerted to the fact that three videos had been uploaded to a site on March 12, 2017 by a user who had the same email address, phone number ….read more

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Murderer Freddie Thompson wants legal aid for prison conditions challenge

High Court

Convicted murderer Freddie Thompson has brought a High Court action over the Legal Aid Board’s refusal to pay his costs for a case he took in 2019 over the conditions of his detention.

Thompson, from Dublin’s south inner city, is serving a life sentence in Portlaoise Prison following his 2018 conviction for the murder of David Douglas.

In 2019, Thompson brought High Court judicial review proceedings against the prison authorities over what he claimed were the oppressive conditions of his detention for some 18 months in the prison’s A4-wing, which is known as the punishment block.

The Prison Service, the Prison ….read more

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Man took part in rent deposit scam

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was part of a scam that defrauded six potential tenants out of almost €11,000 by getting deposits for an apartment he did not have permission to rent out will be sentenced later.

It was accepted that Robert Long (32) was not the main instigator of the scheme nor did he financially benefit from it. He acted as the current tenant in the Dublin apartment, while the man who acted as the landlord and took the deposits has yet to be identified by gardaí.

Long, who lived for some time in America but has an address Clonca Culdaff, Carndonagh, Co ….read more

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Ex newspaper owner will pay mortgage into his 80s under insolvency plan

High Court

The High Court has approved Personal Insolvency arrangements that will allow former newspaper owner John Sheils and his wife businesswoman Susan Casey continue to make mortgage payments on their Co Kilkenny home till they are in their mid-eighties.

The approval, made by Mr Justice Mark Sanfey, will see the couple retain their family home Annamult House, in Bennetsbridge in Co Kilkenny, which also doubles up as their business. The house was destroyed following a fire in June 2009 but was rebuilt by the couple.

The court heard that the couple use the 702 sq m (7,556 sq ft) house, which dates back ….read more

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Teen 'clearly threatening' violence at Cameron Blair murder scene, defence accepts

Central Criminal Court

A teenage boy was “clearly threatening violence” when he waved a knife outside a house in Cork city where 20-year-old college student Cameron Blair was murdered, his defence counsel has told the Central Criminal Court.

The judge adjourned the sentencing of Scott O’Connor today after hearing that the accused now accepts he had “minimised” his behaviour on the night and that there was no longer a conflict on the facts in the case.

His defence counsel also told the court that there was “a lot of emotion involved” with his client, who he said is “sheepish, uncomfortable and finds ….read more

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