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Woman was "puppet" to abusive partner in email scam, court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Rosanna Cooney

A woman who admitted laundering cash stolen from a Cavan-based hardware firm in an email scam was a “puppet” to her abusive partner, a court has heard.

Lawyers for Dubliner Annie Trieu (29) said she did not question her violent partner when he told her to withdraw €34,587 that had been deposited into her account by General Hardware Supplies Ltd in September 2017.

Her lawyer told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that during their relationship Trieu presented herself multiple times to hospital, “battered and bruised” and on one occasion with “staples in her head”.

Sarah Jane O’Callaghan BL told the court that ….read more

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20 years for "vicious and shocking" rape of two women

Central Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean

A man who raped two eastern European women who were working as prostitutes in Ireland has been jailed for 20 years after the judge described the crimes as a “vicious and shocking”.

Ms Justice Tara Burns said that Gheorghe Goidan (46), a Romanian national, had preyed upon the vulnerability of the two women and had clearly targeted them because he thought they would not be believed.

“He clearly thought they were mere dirt to rob and steal from. They are not,” the judge said before adding that the women were “extremely impressive” and gave evidence during trial ….read more

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No jail for attacker who said victim "made advances" on him

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Jessica Magee & Brion Hoban

A man who attacked a tourist in the toilet of a Dublin hostel whom he said had “made advances” towards him has received a full suspended sentence.

Karl McDonnell (27) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at the Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square on April 15, 2018.

At an earlier sentence hearing, Garda Conor Cahill told Genevieve Coonan BL, prosecuting, that conflicting accounts of the incident had been given by the accused and the injured party, who lives in Switzerland.

Gardaí were called to the hostel in Smithfield where they spoke to a man ….read more

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Violent fracas in Four Courts

High Court

There were violent scenes requiring the intervention of gardai and security in the Four Courts on Wednesday when it was claimed that the defendant in a defamation action was attacked and injured by a group of individuals who attended court.

The individuals allegedly involved had attended an action brought by a London-based Nigerian businesswoman, Rosala Uvbi Mku-Atu, who claims she has been defamed and threatened in social media posts by Ms Ester Esabod Aboderin, with an address at Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Shortly before the case was due to be heard by Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds, a violent fracas which shocked onlookers and ….read more

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Serial offender viewed child porn images while under investigation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A serial possessor of child pornography who continued to view images of underage girls after being investigated by gardaí has been jailed for five years.

Adrian Savage (57) of Bolton Court, Bolton Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of possession of child pornography at various locations in Dublin on March 8, 2016.

Savage also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at Central Internet Cafe, Dublin 2, on December 24, 2017.

Addressing the court, Savage said that no one “is more conscious than I of the damage done by sexual abuse in our society”.

“To say that I ….read more

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Family homeless at Christmas after house attacked with rocks

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: James Wall. Credit: Collins)

By Sonya McLean and Brion Hoban

Four young men who attacked a family home with stones and rocks two days before Christmas, rendering the occupants homeless, have been sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Brothers John (22) and Christopher (23) Connors, along with Paddy Connors (22) and James Wall (19) attacked the family’s Dublin home at 2.45am. Children, including a newborn baby and a girl with special needs were living there at the time.

Fergal Foley BL, prosecuting, read a victim impact statement into the record in which the family said “It was like a nightmare to be honest, ….read more

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