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Alleged 'IRA man' refused more time to appeal rape convictions

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Seamus Marley. Credit: Collins)

An alleged IRA man jailed for raping teenage boys at a ‘republican safe house’ over two decades ago, and who was subject to ‘severe’ verbal abuse by other inmates in prison, has been refused more time to lodge an appeal against his conviction.

The Court of Appeal ruled that there wasn’t even ‘a modest degree of optimism’ that any of Seamus Marley’s grounds of appeal might succeed.

According to the judge who jailed him last year, the Belfast native had used his standing in the republican movement, a movement ‘well capable of clandestine killings’, to silence his victims.

The ….read more

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Money pressures ahead of child's confirmation saw mum store drugs

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mother-of-three caught with €20,000 worth of cannabis under her stairs told gardai she was under financial pressure ahead of her child’s confirmation, a Dublin court has heard.

Sonia Collins (38) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of possessing cannabis for sale or supply at her home in Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin on March 4, last year.

She told gardaí she had run up a drug debt of €200 after buying some cocaine for social use and was then unable to repay it as her child’s confirmation was coming up. She told gardaí she felt “stupid” for agreeing ….read more

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7.5 years for failed pub raider who fired shotgun

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father-of-one who fired a shotgun during the failed robbery of a pub has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Robert Cullen (28) threatened to shoot two pub workers who later eluded him and threw a heater through a window to “draw attention to their plight”.

Cullen, of Briarwood Green, Huntstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery, possession of a double barrelled sawn-off shotgun and discharging a firearm at Paddocks Pub, Clonee, on June 11, 2018.

Detective Sergeant Shane McCartan told Sinéad Ní Chúalacháin BL, prosecuting, that two workers had just opened the pub on the morning in question ….read more

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Lawyers seek gagging order on name of garda accused of threatening to kill wife

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Lawyers for a garda who is facing trial for allegedly threatening to kill his wife have asked a court to order the media not to publish his name.

The Dublin-based officer (43) is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to his then wife on dates in October 2012. He is also charged with coercing her at the same address outside Dublin on the same dates.

At a District Court earlier this month, Judge Paula Murphy made a temporary gagging order preventing the publication of the defendant’s name. Judge Murphy said she was restricting the reporting until such time that ….read more

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'Pretty stupid' teen repeatedly sold drugs from same place

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenager who was repeatedly caught by gardaí selling drugs from the same vacant cabin has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that there was “a level of stupidity” in Nathan Flynn (now 20) continuing to sell cannabis, cocaine and heroin from the same cabin in which he was residing at the time, despite being caught by gardaí on six occasions over a three month period.

Flynn, of Killinarden Heights, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Rossfield Park, Tallaght, on six dates between June 9, 2019 and August 19, 2019.

He ….read more

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Sunset House accused 'extremely unlucky' if uninvolved, prosecution say

Special Criminal Court

by Paul Nielan

The prosecution in the case of a man accused of the murder of Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub today closed its case by saying that the defendant would have to be an “extremely unlucky” man if he was not involved in the killing.

Liverpool native David Hunter, with an address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, is pleading not guilty before the Special Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Barr (35) at the pub in Summerhill in Dublin on the night of April 25, 2016.

Tyrone native Mr Barr was shot seven times – five times ….read more

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