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"Absurdity' to suggest higher level drug dealers should face lesser sentences

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly. Credit: Collins)

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an argument by lawyers that could have resulted in drug dealers at the top of a criminal organisation facing shorter sentences than street dealers at the bottom of the chain.

The three-judge court said gardai are correct to value drugs based on how much they sell for at street level, even when dealing with criminals who are at a higher level and selling at a lower per kilogram amount.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, delivering the written judgement today, said it would be an “absurdity” to suggest a person higher up ….read more

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'How could this court direct this child be subjected to further trauma'

Court of Appeal

An expert on female genital mutilation (FGM) has questioned the evidence used to convict a husband and wife who were jailed for carrying out the procedure on their daughter, the Court of Appeal has heard.

The couple have appealed their conviction and want the three-judge court to order that the child be re-examined to ascertain whether she was actually subjected to FGM. Giollaiosa O’Lideadha SC, acting for the female appellant, said the parents have been “wrongly convicted, wrongly separated from their child”.

Professor Birgitta Essen, a senior consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Academic Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden, reviewed videos of ….read more

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Trusted family friend raped woman sleeping in own bed

Central Criminal Court

A man has received a prison sentence of eight years with 18 months suspended for raping a young woman as she slept in her own bedroom.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Conor Quaid (26) was in the victim’s home on the night because he was a trusted family friend. Justice Mary Rose Gearty said that he abused this trust and noted that he has not shown any remorse since.

Quaid of Monaree, Dingle, Co Kerry had pleaded not guilty to rape at a place in the county on June 10, 2018. After a seven day trial, a jury at the Central ….read more

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Sex worker found with thousands of 'depraved' child abuse images

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A sex worker found to be in possession of thousands of “depraved” child abuse images has been jailed for three years.

Bruno Binda De Souza, also known as Bruna Meirelles, (31) a transgender Brazilian woman, said she was introduced to child pornography by a client while using the drug crystal meth.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard De Souza is married to an Irish man but has let her application to remain in Ireland lapse and will be deported when her sentence finishes.

De Souza, formerly of Brabazon Hall, Cork Street, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to four counts of the possession of child pornography ….read more

Four Courts

Dispute over Jack B Yeats art works goes to mediation

High Court

A High Court dispute over the upkeep of art works, including those by Jack B Yeats, that were acquired by the late businessman Hugh James Tunney has gone to mediation, the High Court has heard.

The action has been brought by solicitor Mr Brian Baily, who is an executor of the Mr Tunney and ‘Tunney’ Estates, which is the beneficial owner of items including valuables, artworks and the property where the items are kept at.

Mr Bailey is also a director of Tunney Estates, which was created for the benefit of Mr Tunney’s four children.

The proceedings are against Ms Caroline Devine, ….read more

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Drogheda armed raider fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

A man who was part of an armed gang that robbed two bookmakers has had an appeal against his conviction dismissed.

Karl Vogelaar (29) of Oulster Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth was found guilty by a jury at Dundalk Circuit Court of two counts of robbery contrary to section 14 of the Criminal Justice Act 2001.

The court heard that three men entered Tully’s bookmakers in Wheaton Hall, Drogheda at 8.45pm on November 4, 2016. One of the men held a gun into the face of the lone employee on the premises and shouted: “Where is the money?” A shot was fired ….read more

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