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James Leddy

Former scout leader jailed for abusing neighbour

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: James Leddy. Credit: Collins)

By Jessica Magee and Sonya McLean

A former scout leader who sexually abused his 13-year-old neighbour has been jailed for three months after he said he cannot recollect the incidents but fully accepts his guilt.

James Leddy (55) of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin was found guilty of three counts of indecently assaulting Colm Bracken (51) at Leddy’s former home on Maryfield Avenue in Artane on dates between May and September 1981.

Leddy had pleaded not guilty but was convicted on all counts by majority verdict after a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last December. Mr Bracken waived his ….read more

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"It doesn’t get more serious; it doesn’t get more violent": 18-year sentence upheld for savage rape

Court of Appeal

A Carlow man who raped and seriously assaulted a woman in her 50s leaving her with life changing injuries, from which she is unlikely to recover, has lost an appeal against the severity of his 18-year sentence.

Anthony Cassidy (34) attacked the woman as she walked to a shop in the early hours of June 25, 2017, in a Carlow town.

CCTV footage tracked Cassidy’s movements to and from where he dumped his unconscious victim. There was no footage of the incident, which was said to last approximately 30 minutes, but imagery showed a male dragging a person to the location ….read more


Man jailed for stabbing ex-wife's boyfriend after alleged threat to kids

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who claimed he stabbed his ex-wife’s boyfriend because the man threatened his children has been jailed for 28 months.

The victim is alleged to have told the accused Muhamet Gashi (44):“I fuck your wife, I fuck your kids”.

Gashi, of North Clarence Street Flats, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm of Anton Donca a bridge in East Wall, on April 14, 2016.

Garda Cathal MacGearailt told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that at the time of the assault the victim was in a relationship with Gashi’s former wife. She had custody of their two children.

Gda ….read more

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Daniel O'Donnell superfan's "cocaine factory" sentence "simply too high"

Court of Appeal

The prison sentence imposed on a ‘Daniel O’Donnell superfan’ for her role in a cocaine “factory” was simply too high, according to the Court of Appeal.

Molly Sloyan (26), from Kinsale, Co Cork, made headlines of a more innocent nature previously when her reaction to a Daniel O’Donnell impersonator on the Late Late Show went viral.

Last year, she was one of four people who pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Seascape, Dromleigh, in Bantry, on November 26, 2017. The value of the high-purity cocaine was estimated to be €70,000. ….read more


Criminal allegedly extorted thousands per week from builders in protection racket

High Court

A known criminal and his associate are alleged to have extorted money from companies building houses in Dublin by offering them protection from anti-social behaviour in return for thousands of Euro per week.

Justice Carmel Stewart at the High Court today found that more than quarter of a million euro in four bank accounts linked to Derek O’Driscoll is the proceeds of crime. The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) seized the bank accounts in December 2018 and Ms Justice Stewart’s order means that the money will be kept by the State.

During today’s hearing, Benedict O’Floinn SC, acting for the State, told Ms ….read more

Ester Aboderin

Garda investigation continuing into Four Courts fraca

High Court

(Pictured: Ms Ester Esabod Aboderin. Credit: Collins)

A garda investigation is continuing into a violent incident in the Four Courts last July when the defendant in a defamation action was attacked and injured by several individuals.

London-based Nigerian businesswoman Rosala Uvbi Mku-Atu claims she was defamed and threatened in social media posts by Ms Ester Esabod Aboderin, with an address at Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Shortly before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds considered the defamation action on July 31st last Ms Aboderin claims she was assaulted by persons unknown to her who had attended at the Four Courts.

The defendant claimed she suffered injuries including “cuts ….read more

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