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'Clerical error' saw investigation of abuser's case delayed for 10 years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A “clerical error” saw a 10-year delay in the investigation into the case of a man who started sexually abusing his teenage stepdaughter as soon as he came home from honeymoon after marrying her mother, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victim went to gardaí in 2012 but that investigation of the case “lay in abeyance” for ten years due to a “clerical error”.

The 46-year-old Dublin man engaged in behaviour that was “grievously reprehensible and shameful” when he abused his step-daughter over 10 years ago, Judge Martin Nolan said today.

The man, who cannot be named to ….read more

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Oil-spill cleaners secure freezing order against couple

High Court

A company that specialises in cleaning up oil spills has secured a temporary freezing order against a couple it claims owes over €140,000 for works carried out.

The ‘Mareva type’ freezing order was obtained by Microclean Environmental Ltd against company directors Gal and Orit Brahami.

The company alleges that the defendants are attempting to move their assets outside of the jurisdiction in an attempt to avoid paying the company the €147,000 it claims they owe it for a clean up around a Dublin 4 property they had owned in 2016.

Arising out of the company’s claims, the High Court granted it a ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

'Illogical' for jury to convict man linked to Cornelius Price, appeal told

Court of Appeal

A man linked to convicted criminal Cornelius Price has appealed against his conviction for having a World War 2 era sub-machine gun that was found during a garda search near Price’s home in Co Meath.

Stephen Gibbons (58) of Rockleigh House, Richardstown, Gormanston, Co Meath, had denied a charge of unlawfully possessing a 9mm Makarov PM-63 RAK submachine pistol on or about January 15, 2020, at Richardstown in the county. He was convicted by a jury in May 2021 at Trim Circuit Court, who also found him not guilty of possessing ammunition at the same date and location.

At Gibbons’s trial, Carl ….read more


Lordship Robbery accused denied bail

Special Criminal Court

A man charged with the robbery at Lordship Credit Union in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead has been refused bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Brendan Treanor’s (34) lawyers had argued that it was an offence to his dignity to keep him in custody away from his newborn son in circumstances where his trial has been put back to January of next year.

Delivering the ruling of the three-judge court this morning, Mr Justice Michael MacGrath said today he is satisfied that there is a real risk of interference with witnesses if Mr Treanor is granted bail. He said ….read more


Boy (16) with 43 previous convictions helped block road, hijack motorcycle

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenage boy with 43 previous convictions has been given a two-year period of detention for his role in the armed hijacking of a motorbike after a gang had blocked a road.

The boy (16) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today to a charge of robbery on October 18, 2020 at a location in Dublin.

Imposing the period of detention, Judge Martin Nolan said he hoped the defendant, who cannot be identified, would take “advantage of the time to help himself and society”.

The boy’s previous convictions all relate to offences which occurred when he was aged between 13 and ….read more

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Man convicted of Islamic terror charges should not extradited due to Paris prison conditions, lawyers argue

High Court

A man convicted of Islamic terrorism offences in France should not be extradited because of the conditions in the Paris prison where he will be sent, a lawyer has told the High Court.

Thomas Horan BL told the High Court in Dublin today that his client, Youcef Madani, will be sent to Villepinte remand centre in Paris where in January this year 979 people were imprisoned despite there being places for only 583 prisoners.

Counsel said information from the French authorities also stated that showers are not available for prisoners and that some prisoners are sleeping on mattresses on the floor. ….read more

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