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Serial burglar tells court he wants to become "honest member of society"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who stole 20 bottles of spirits worth up to €900 each from Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin has told a judge he wants to become an “honest member of society”.

Father-of-two Jason Whelan (29) told gardaí it had been his intention to use the lavatory in the well-known city centre nightclub, but that he spotted an opportunity.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Whelan was observed on CCTV entering the club three times and going behind the counter to steal the bottles of spirit, which were worth between €700 and €900.

He was wearing a baseball cap and keeping his head ….read more

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Lawyers ask Court of Appeal for guidance on "complex" money laundering legislation

Court of Appeal

Lawyers for a man found guilty of money laundering have asked the Court of Appeal to set guidance on how the “complex legislation” should be explained the juries.

Henry Alinta (44), with an address at Ashbrook Mews, Newry, Co Down, had pleaded not guilty to money laundering contrary to Section 7.1 of the Criminal Justice Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Act 2010.

He was found guilty by a jury at Trim Circuit Criminal Court after 27 minutes of deliberations and sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended by Judge Michael O’Shea. He was released from serving ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Retired teacher seeks to halt indecent assault trial

Court of Appeal

A retired school teacher must wait to hear whether the courts will halt his trial on charges of abusing a number of his pupils almost 50 years ago.

The 76-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, faces 16 charges of indecently assaulting eight male pupils in a south Dublin school between September 1, 1968 and June 1, 1969. A ninth pupil has made similar allegations around the same time.

The man is seeking to have his trial prohibited on grounds of delay.

The assaults on multiple complainants are alleged to have occurred in full view of other pupils and ….read more

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Judge praises "great resilience" of woman (84) who surprised burglar

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An 84-year-old woman whose surprised a burglar in her kitchen told gardaí, “he was more surprised to see me.”

The lady was praised by a judge today for demonstrating “great resilience” in the wake of the burglary of her home two years ago.

Wayne Murphy, described by his own counsel as a “prolific burglar”, pleaded guilty to trespass and theft at Temple Cottages, Broadstone, Dublin 7 on July 10, 2016.

The 43-year-old, of North Frederick Street, Dublin, was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four years in prison with the final 12 months suspended.

In her ruling, Judge Melanie Greally said that although ….read more

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Court crier challenges termination of employment

High Court

A court crier has brought a High Court challenge over the Courts Service’s decision to terminate his employment.

The action has been taken by Mr Martin Walsh, who has been the tipstaff or crier to Circuit Court Judge Doirbhile Flanagan of the Circuit Court since 2012.

He also has worked in a similar role with other judges since 2001 after he retired from the Defence Forces.

Last August, he was informed by the Courts Service that, due to the retirement of Judge Flanagan, his employment would be terminated in December.

Represented by Ken Fogarty SC and James Doran BL, Mr Walsh has ….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.

Jury deliberating in 22-year-old's murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury at the Central Criminal Court will return on Monday to consider their verdict in the trial of a 22-year-old accused of murdering a man in the front garden of his home.

Warren Nolan, of Rowlagh Park in Clondalkin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Alan O’Neill (35) at Kiltalown Road, Tallaght on May 27, 2015. Mr Nolan also pleaded not guilty to damaging a car by fire at Belfry Square in Tallaght on the same date.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the six men and six women that there are three verdicts open to them in relation to ….read more

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