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Accomplices ran over robber's foot and abandoned him after he was caught by victim

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man whose foot was run over by a car driven by his accomplices in the robbery of a gold necklace has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years.

Alan McHugh (39) and two other men were pursued by the victim of the robbery, who succeeded in catching McHugh and taking away his knife.

McHugh, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Fernwood Avenue, Tallaght, on March 22, 2019.

Garda John Byrne told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question Wojciech Gajoch arrived in Tallaght with his wife and two children to sell a gold chain.

Gda ….read more

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Martial arts instructor guilty of killing man who intervened in "domestic" row

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Jonathan Dargan. Credit: Collins)

A jury has convicted a martial arts instructor of the unlawful killing of a man who had stopped to intervene in a late night “domestic” row.

Jonathan Dargan (49) was having an argument with his partner on the Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin at around 4am on March 6, 2016 when Patrick Mullally (56) and Jason Cunningham approached him.

The two men and others had been out celebrating Mr Mullally’s retirement from Guinness.

Mr Cunningham told the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that their intention was to do the “honourable” thing and ask Dargan to leave his girlfriend alone. ….read more

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Chief Superintendent denies "humiliating" garda "whistleblower"


(Pictured: Garda Nicholas Keogh. Credit: Collins)

A Garda chief superintendent has denied targeting and humiliating a whistleblower who worked in his station.

The Disclosures Tribunal, chaired by Judge Sean Ryan, is investigating if Garda Nicholas Keogh was targeted, harassed, undermined, or bullied after he made a protected disclosure on May 8, 2014.

In his disclosure, the whistleblower alleged that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit, identified to the tribunal as Garda A, was in an improper relationship with an alleged heroin dealer, identified as Ms B.

Gda Keogh has made a complaint of targeting and harassment against Chief Supt Patrick Murray. He ….read more

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Extradition of men wanted for attempted murder of PSNI officer should be refused, lawyers say

High Court

A hearing into the proposed extradition of two men to Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a PSNI officer has opened at the High Court.

Dublin men Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Park, Finglas South and Sean Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, are wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosive substances with intent to endanger life. Both men face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

According to a European Arrest Warrant, the officer’s wife, also a serving PSNI Officer, awoke in the early hours of ….read more

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O'Leary says he was "taken aback" by senior exec's decision to join rival

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Bellew. Credit: Collins)

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has told the High Court that he was “taken aback” when the airline’s COO Peter Bellew informed him that he was joining rival airline Easyjet.

On Wednesday, Mr O’Leary said that last July Mr Bellew informed him he was resigning from his role as Ryanair’s Cheif Operations Officer, citing lack of sleep and stress, and that he “would probably go travelling”.

Several days later, Mr O’Leary said Mr Bellew informed him that he was joining Easyjet as its COO in early 2020, having served out a six-month notice period.

Mr O’Leary said it ….read more

Fiona Mitchell

Alleged murder bid victim "neither reliable nor truthful", defence tell jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Alleged victim Ms Fiona Mitchell. Credit: Collins)

A woman who said she could identify the man who tried to shoot her in the kitchen of her home is “neither reliable nor truthful” a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

Patrick McGrath SC told the jury of seven men and five women that they should reject the evidence given by Fiona Mitchell and acquit his client Robert Lawlor of the five charges against him.

Prosecution counsel, John O’Kelly SC, told the jury that Ms Mitchell was consistent from her first statement following the shooting to when she came to court to give ….read more

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