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Thug's attack on prison officer 'life altering'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

An inmate who assaulted a prisoner officer as he was being taken to be searched after being observed ingesting something in his cell has been jailed for 15 months.

Gary O’Brien (32) entered a guilty plea on the basis that he had not intended to cause an injury to the prison officer who sustained a broken finger during the incident.

O’Brien, of Rathmines Avenue, Rathmines, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting prison officer John Cullen at Mountjoy Prison on August 27, 2016.

In his victim impact statement, which he read before the court, Officer Cullen ….read more

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Murder accused 'felt guilty' about mother's death, grandmother tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A murder accused blamed himself for his mother’s death when he was 15 because he was staying with his grandmother on the night she died, his trial has heard.

Philip Dunbar used to care for his ill mother and had given her a cup of tea and put her to bed before going to stay with Mary Dunbar, who testified in his trial today.

Mrs Dunbar was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court in the trial of her 20-year-old grandson, who is accused of stabbing a homeless man 183 times.

Mr Dunbar has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 23-year-old Adam ….read more

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Coercive control complainant says accused put knife to her throat

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman told her then partner that she would kill herself first “before I let him do it to me”, a coercive control trial has heard.

The woman (43) alleges that she said this to the accused man following an incident in which he held a knife to her throat.

The 52-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his then-partner.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive of his partner at various ….read more

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Woman who caught husband having sex with her daughter (16) avoids jail for endangerment

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman who caught her husband having sex with her 16-year-old daughter and kicked them both out of the home has been given a suspended sentence for the reckless endangerment of her child.

The man, who was the teenage girl’s stepfather, brought her to a number of Dublin city centre hostels after they were ejected from their home, leading to concerned staff contacting gardaí.

When the pair were eventually tracked down, gardaí called the mother who told them she was not concerned about the pair being together in a hostel. She also failed to tell them that she was aware the man ….read more

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Airport police never had to consider Shannon as military target, trial told

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The head of airport police at Shannon airport has told a trial that he has never previously had reason to consider that possibility that the airport has become a legitimate military target.

Pat O’Brien was giving evidence at the trial of “peace activists” Colm Roddy (78) and Dave Donnellan (60) who are alleged to have broken into the airfield by cutting a fence and painted red crucifixes on the runway.

Mr Roddy, of Bayside Walk, Dublin and Mr Donnellan of Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin have both pleaded not guilty to criminal damage of the perimeter fence and runway at Shannon Airport in ….read more

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Woman admits to money laundering, terrorist financing charges

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin woman has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to three counts relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Carol Davis (45) of Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12, had been accused of 20 offences under Section 7 of the Criminal Justice Act 2010 (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) but three guilty pleas were accepted by the State for the three-year period of 2014 to 2016.

At her arraignment at the non-jury court today, Davis pleaded guilty to the offences – on the basis that full facts will be heard in the case – that she knowingly or recklessly ….read more

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