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Contractor admits health and safety breach over asbestos risk

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A UK-based building contractor has admitted breaching health and safety regulations by undertaking work without carrying out an asbestos risk assessment.

The breach is concerned with work carried out at Findlater House, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin on or about June 23, 2016.

Declan McLogan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he was authorised to plea on behalf of McAleer & Rushe UK Ltd, a firm with an address on George Street, London.

He entered a guilty plea to a single count which outlined that the firm undertook work at Findlater House which would be liable to expose employees to dust from asbestos or ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Scissor-wielding addict failed to get any cash in three raids

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drug addict used a large pair of scissors to threaten staff in raids on three city centre shops, a court has heard.

Anthony Rossitter (32) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of attempted robbery on the shops in Dublin city centre on May 15, 2019.

The court heard today that at around 9am that day Rossitter went into a Gala shop on Abbey Street, Dublin and placed a plastic bag on the counter. He told a staff member at the cash register to put cash into the bag.

He was holding a pair of large stainless steel scissors ….read more

Gordon Black

Suspended sentence for abuse of boy after Christian youth trip

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Gordon Black. Credit: Collins)

A retired salesman has received a suspended prison sentence for the sexual abuse of a young boy while they were both members of a Christian youth group in the 1960s.

Gordon Black (70) was aged between 16 and 20 years old when he molested the victim, who was aged between 12 and 16 at the time. At the time they were both in the “Boys Brigade”, an international Christian youth organisation and Black had a more senior position.

The victim, now aged 66, said he still becomes angry when he thinks about the abuse. He said he can ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Jury views interview with alleged child victim by specialist gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl his wife had been minding in their family home has viewed an interview of the child by specialist gardai.

The 59-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of sexually assaulting the then four-year-old child on dates between July 27, 2016 and July 11, 2017.

The child’s mother and the accused’s family had been very friendly for a number of years and her daughter had been minded by both the man’s daughter and wife from the time the child was one ….read more

OConnor Accused

Grandmother's body dismembered into 15 parts spread over 9 locations, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured (L-R): Accused Mr Keith Johnston, Ms Stephanie O’Connor and Ms Louise O’Connor. Credit: Collins)

The body of a 61-year-old grandmother was dismembered into 15 separate parts that were found at nine different locations in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, a prosecution barrister has told a murder trial.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that Patricia O’Connor received a minimum of three blows to the head with a solid implement at her Rathfarnham home before her body was brought in the boot of her Toyota Corolla car to Co Wexford and buried in a shallow grave.

Her remains were later dug up and ….read more

Kevin Maguire

Man caught with thousands of child abuse images distributed video years earlier

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Kevin Maguire. Credit: Collins)

A man who was caught in possession of over 4,300 images of child pornography was found to have distributed a video of child pornography via email years earlier, a court has heard.

Kevin Maguire (29) sent an email with an attachment depicting an approximately 10 year old girl being orally raped by an adult man to two separate email addresses. He has no previous convictions.

Maguire, of The Hedgerow, Foxrock, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at Castlefarm, Shankill, on May 7, 2015 and distribution of child pornography at the same ….read more

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