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Lunney kidnappers get combined 70 years

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has imposed a 30-year prison sentence on the man known as YZ, who kidnapped and tortured Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney and who the media remained gagged from identifying.

YZ’s co-accused Alan O’Brien received a 25-year sentence while the youngest of the three accused, Darren Redmond, will serve 18 years with the final three suspended.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt handed down the sentences today at the three-judge, non-jury court saying that the only reason he did not impose a life sentence on any of the three men was that ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Guilty of murder: jury unanimous in convicting husband who said stroke diminished responsibility

Central Criminal Court

Alan Ward has been found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of murdering his wife Catherine Ward by stabbing her to death in their Dublin home two years ago.

Ward had argued that his culpability for killing his wife was substantially diminished by a stroke he suffered in 2017, but the jury of eight men and three women took a little over seven hours to reject the defence arguments.

The trial heard that Ward had assaulted his wife in 2002 and that gardai were called to disputes at their home on four occasions prior to his stroke and once after the stroke.

The ….read more

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Former GAA coach who raped and beat boy is jailed

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Sonya McLean

A former GAA coach who groomed, raped, beat and harassed a boy he mentored at their local club has been jailed for nine years.

In his victim impact statement, the victim told the Central Criminal Court that his abuser had “stolen his soul”.

The man (41), who cannot be named for legal reasons, abused the boy over a six-year period and beat him when he began to refuse his advances. The now 30-year-old victim, who was not in court today, does not wish to waive his right to anonymity in the case.

The Central Criminal Court heard ….read more


'A decent man': the kidnap and torture of Kevin Lunney

Special Criminal Court

Kevin Lunney spoke slowly and calmly as he described the fear he felt that nobody would come to help as he crawled along a country road, shivering from the cold, with his shin broken, knife wounds to his chest and blood dripping from his face.

Giving his evidence in a matter of fact style, he did not embellish or exaggerate. He was not cross-examined at any length; the truth of what he said was proven by the injuries he suffered.

Mr Lunney said his attackers repeatedly told him to resign from his position as a director of Quinn Industrial Holdings and to ….read more

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Rapist in chilling copycat attacks on lone women

Central Criminal Court

A rapist who carried out chilling “copycat offences” three years apart against lone women who he falsely imprisoned and attacked has been jailed for 17 and a half years.

The fact that neither victim can remember several hours of the night they were attacked was described by the sentencing judge today as “particularly troubling”.

Ioan Lingurar (35) raped the first victim after she woke up in his car. The woman tried to get out but the car was locked and she only managed to escape some time after the attack.

The Central Criminal Court heard that three years later, Lingurar sexually assaulted another ….read more

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Robber claimed mother had been kidnapped

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiona Ferguson

A robber who told staff in the shops he was holding up that members of his family had been kidnapped or were in danger from drug dealers, has been jailed.

Matthew Curry (30) apologised for robbing one shop, claiming drug dealers were going to kill his brother. Minutes earlier during another robbery he claimed his mother had been kidnapped.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Curry was battling with drug addiction at the time.

Curry pleaded guilty to two robberies at Off Beat Donuts and Marks Models, both in Dublin 2 on May 28, 2021. He was on bail for a burglary ….read more

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