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Student jailed for accessing 'most depraved' child abuse material

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A student who searched for and downloaded child sexual abuse material “of the most depraved nature” has been jailed for 16 months.

Albaraa Turkistani (27) was caught with 272 images and 159 videos of children and babies being “molested, raped and sexually assaulted” by men, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Sentencing him today, Judge Martin Nolan said accessing child abuse material “is obviously not a victimless crime”.

“We don’t know who the victims are, but this is real abuse, videoed and put out there,” the judge said. He noted Turkistani regularly searched for “material of the most depraved nature” which included babies being ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man accused of laundering crime cash at five-star hotel is charged before non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

A father-of-four has appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon accused of laundering crime cash through spends at a five-star south Dublin hotel and by carrying out renovations to his home.

Graham Whelan (38), with an address at Walkinstown Avenue, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 appeared before the three-judge court today charged with 10 non-scheduled offences that include charges related to drug trafficking.

The court was told that Mr Whelan refused to deal with the arresting officer when he attempted to explain the substance of the charges to him.

Mr Whelan is charged with converting, transferring, handling, acquiring, possessing or ….read more

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Woman violently assaulted and raped in own home by Tinder date

Central Criminal Court

A man who attacked and raped a woman in her home after meeting her on the dating app Tinder will be sentenced next month.

During the attack Peter Loughran (36) banged the woman’s head off of the floor and slapped her in the face when she started praying out loud. At one point he began filming her with his phone and slapped her in the face when she tried to cover her face with her hair.

Loughran, of Glasnevin Downs, Ballygall, Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and oral rape at an address in Dublin on January 5, ….read more

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Acquitted IRA prisoner suffered 'classic case of miscarriage of justice', lawyers say

Special Criminal Court

A man who spent 14 months in prison for IRA membership before his conviction was overturned suffered a “classic case of miscarriage of justice”, his lawyers have said.

In a retrial in 2019, Michael Connolly was acquitted of IRA membership after the non-jury court Special Criminal Court found it could not rely on the belief evidence of a Garda Assistant Commissioner as being independent from the investigation.

Mr Connolly (47) of Grange Drive in Dundalk, County Louth, had pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on ….read more

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Parents accused of FGM of daughter want child reexamined

Court of Appeal

A husband and wife who were jailed for subjecting their child to female genital mutilation (FGM) want the girl re-examined to assess whether the procedure actually happened.

Lawyers for the couple have applied to the three-judge Court of Appeal for a “directions hearing” where they will ask the court to order the examination to take place.

The State is opposing the application and the court will hear arguments from both sides this Thursday, March 25. At a brief hearing this morning president of the court Mr Justice George Birmingham said the issue arose because there is “some disagreement between medical experts” ….read more

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Man found to be wanted in Germany after search of new EU system

High Court

A Romanian man stopped at a Garda check-point in Wicklow was found to be wanted in Germany after a search of a newly-introduced EU information system, the High Court has heard.

Vasile Jelecuteam (45) was stopped at the checkpoint at Kilmacanogue just after 12am this morning and appeared before the High Court today.

Garda Margaret Fennelly, of Bray Garda Station, told the court that a black Jaguar vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint at around 00.05 and that she checked Mr Jelecuteam’s identification and driver’s licence through the Garda Pulse and SIS II (Schengen Information System). The search revealed that ….read more

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