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Kevin Lunney told to resign before attackers threatened to kill him, trial hears

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

Kevin Lunney was told to resign from Quinn Industrial Holdings by attackers who threatened to kill him, broke his leg and used a Stanley blade to “score his chest”, the Special Criminal Court has heard. The attackers, the court also heard, were acting “on behalf of another or others”.

The trial of the four men who deny falsely imprisoning and causing serious harm to Mr Lunney will hear CCTV, DNA, phone location data and other circumstantial evidence from about 250 witnesses, a barrister told the non-jury court this morning.

Prosecution counsel, Sean Guerin SC, said ….read more

justice new

Psychic scammer loses appeal against €1.6m money laundering conviction

Court of Appeal

by Seán McCárthaigh

A former psychic turned financier who is serving a seven-and-a-half-year jail term has lost his appeal against his conviction for a range of offences including money laundering of €1.6m.

The Court of Appeal dismissed all 12 grounds of appeal by Simon Gold, which claimed the trial judge had erred in law in his handling of the jury trial which convicted the appellant two years ago.

Gold (56) of Augharan, Aughavas, Co Leitrim, was found guilty of 20 charges including money laundering, deception and control of and using false instruments following a 28-day trial which concluded at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Romanian authorities can extradite man for alleged murder committed in Ireland

Court of Appeal

A Romanian national who is being sought by the authorities there for an alleged murder committed in Ireland has lost an appeal to prevent his extradition back to his native country.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by Petronel Pal (36) against an order for his surrender to the Romanian authorities made by the High Court in April 2020.

Mr Pal had been granted a certificate to appeal an order allowing for his extradition as a judge ruled the case raised a point of law of exceptional public importance.

Lawyers for the accused claimed the findings in the case where French ….read more

Four Courts

Former Bóthar CEO, who admits misappropriating huge sums, wants free legal aid

High Court

Bóthar’s former CEO David Moloney, who has admitted misappropriating hundreds of thousands of euro donated to the charity over a 21-year period, is seeking free legal aid in civil proceedings brought against him.

Earlier this year Bóthar launched High Court proceedings against Mr Moloney, who they claim misappropriated hundreds of thousands of the charity’s monies for his own use.

The court also granted Bóthar orders order preventing the former CEO from reducing his assets below a value of €1.1m.

When the matter came before Mr Justice Senan Allen on Wednesday, he was informed that lawyers who had previously represented Mr Moloney and who ….read more

Croke Park Courtroom

Boy (8) told gardai that he was raped by father and two others

Central Criminal Court

An eight-year-old boy told gardai that he was raped by three men, including his father, the trial of seven extended family members accused of sexually abusing children has heard.

The seven accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, include the parents, grandmother and aunts and uncles of the three main child complainants. The accused range in ages from 27 to 57 and live in various locations in Munster.

The Central Criminal Court heard that both parents are also accused of wilfully neglecting two of their younger children.

The 56-year-old father of the three main child complainants has pleaded not guilty to 34 ….read more

Remigivsu Piotrowski

Suspended sentence for man who attacked two women

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Remigivsu Piotrowski. Credit: Collins)

By Brion Hoban and Sonya McLean

A Polish national who attacked his partner and her friend after returning home drunk from a work function has been given a two-year suspended sentence.

Remigivsu Piotrowski (44) was arrested by gardaí following the assaults and head-butted the cage door of a garda van while being transported to a garda station.

Piotrowski of Walkinstown Park, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to two women at his address on October 5, 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to resisting a peace officer at Walkinstown Park, Dublin, and at Crumlin Road, ….read more

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