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'What was lost is now found': Regency trial hears gardai have recovered destroyed tracker records

Special Criminal Court

Gardai have recovered records from a tracker device deployed on former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall’s jeep which were believed to have been destroyed, the Regency Hotel murder trial has heard.

Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, told the Special Criminal Court this morning that the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau had conducted a “fairly extensive” operation since last week, in which a securely stored desktop computer that had been listed for destruction was examined.

He added: “In the course of the examination of that device, it appears that a working copy of the material in question was located and is available ….read more

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Judge directs HSE appear before court over 'dramatic' rise in special needs assessment cases

High Court

A senior High Court judge has said that the “dramatic” recent increase in the number of actions against the HSE over the assessment of children with special needs coming before the court needs to be addressed.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said that, while he is not making any judgement as to who is responsible for what is clearly a problematic situation, he directed that the HSE appear before the court in December to address this issue.

Mr Justice Meenan, who is the judge in charge of the busy High Court judicial review list, said that normally two to three new ….read more

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Jail for man who went on armed robbery spree during five-day binge

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who committed the armed robbery of taxi-drivers and shops while on a five-day drink and drugs binge has been jailed for three years.

Paul Timmons (31) of Monksfield Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty earlier this year to four robberies and one attempted robbery, carried out between January 26 and 31, 2020.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that on the first occasion, Timmons threatened to stick a biro into a female shop assistant’s neck unless she gave him money.

A few days later, he pulled a ten-inch butcher’s knife from his sock and threatened a taxi driver.

Passing sentence today, Judge Pauline ….read more

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Stamping injuries to man killed in own home 'akin to traffic accident'

Central Criminal Court

A man killed in his own home had his head stamped on by a 35-year-old Waterford man to such an extent that a State pathologist described the injuries as being akin to a traffic accident, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

“The effect was so extreme that he behaved like a beast,” said Mr Justice Tony Hunt of Garrett Smith (35), St John’s Park, Waterford, who denied the murder of Edward O’Sullivan, also known as Liam, in Mr O’Sullivan’s apartment in Kilkenny.

In her victim impact statement, Mr O’Sullivan’s former partner told the court that the family had to have a ….read more

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Former youth worker jailed for trying to rape boy (13)

Central Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes

A former youth worker who sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a teenage boy who was visiting him in his mobile home 10 years ago has been jailed for eight years.

Paul Morris (55) assured the victim’s mother that he was a youth worker when the boy phoned her to ask if he could stay the night in Morris’ trailer, the Central Criminal Court heard.

Following a trial last April, Morris was found guilty by a jury of two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted anal rape at his address in Chianti Park, Tallaght, on dates between ….read more

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Father-of-seven jailed for repeatedly raping girl and abusing her sister

Central Criminal Court

A father-of-seven has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her younger sister at two south Dublin addresses.

Fathi Abib of Reuben Square Apartments, Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin 8, denied three counts of raping and five counts of sexually assaulting the children over a six-month period in 2016.

The 36-year-old, who was a family friend of the victims, was convicted unanimously by a jury after a trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this month.

Abib was found guilty of raping the 11-year-old girl three times and sexually assaulting her twice, ….read more

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