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Dealers targeted "vulnerable" man after "formidable" mother's death

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who allowed drug dealers to mix and bag hard drugs in his home after receiving threats has avoided prison after a judge said it was “a borderline case”.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Ciaran Wolverson (53) came under pressure from local drug dealers after his mother died. He received a text to his mobile phone saying houses were being smashed up in the area and his could be next.

After his arrest, Wolverson of Edenmore Crescent, Coolock, Dublin told gardaí that a “number of youths” would come to the house and he would then go into a back room ….read more

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Gilroy's imprisonment is lawful, High Court rules

High Court

(Pictured: Ben Gilroy. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has ruled that the continued detention of anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy in prison over his failure to complete an 80-hour community service order is lawful.

Mr Gilroy had brought an inquiry under Article 40 of the Constitution, claiming his detention at Dublin’s Mountjoy prison was unlawful and that he should be released.

In a ruling this morning, Mr Justice Max Barrett found against Mr Gilroy.

The judge told Mr Gilroy that he was “sorry” for “the predicament” the applicant found himself in.

However, the judge said that the court was “coerced as a matter of ….read more

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Women "traumatised" after addict broke into basement flat

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former construction worker who relapsed into heroin addiction after he lost his job has been jailed for breaking into the home of three college students.

Lawyers for Noel Ryan (42) told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he thought the basement flat was an office and would be unoccupied on the night.

The three young women were left traumatised after the break-in and eventually moved out of the Dublin city centre flat.

Ryan, of Charleville Mall, Dublin pleaded guilty to burglary on North Strand Road on March 7, 2018.

The court heard that the basement flat belonged to a dentist who ran a clinic ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Six-year term for abusing nephew "cannot be said to be too severe"

Court of Appeal

A six-year jail term for sexual abuse of a primary school pupil over approximately six years cannot be said to be too severe, according the Court of Appeal.

The 45-year-old man at the centre of the case, whose details cannot be published to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, indecent assault and one count of orally raping his nephew at two locations in Limerick between 1989 and 1996.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim suffered repeated abuse from the age of six to 12 while his uncle was aged between 16 and 23.

In an emotional victim ….read more

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Jury fail to reach verdict in doctor's sexual assault trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Kevin Mulcahy. Credit: Collins)

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a doctor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage patient over 20 years ago.

Kevin Mulcahy (61) of Creggane, Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assaulting a woman in his surgery in Mallow, Co Cork on a date in February 1995.

He also denied a second count of sexual assault at the same location on a date between May 8, 1996 and December 31, 1996.

The jury had heard that in early 1995, the complainant’s brother took her ….read more

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Garda "unhappy" with recollection after TV news broadcast, Moonlight murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Tom Finnane. Credit: Collins)

A garda involved in the search for Bobby Ryan eight years ago has said he became “unhappy” with where he thought the missing man’s body was found after watching a television news broadcast.

Garda Tom Finnane also told the Central Criminal Court that he saw round hay bales at the tank where the DJ’s body was eventually found.

Gda Finnane was giving evidence in the trial of Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ going by the name Mr Moonlight, on a date between ….read more

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