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Serial burglar gets chance after telling court he is 'tired of his life'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A burglar has been released from prison pending sentence for various offences after a judge said she was giving him “a chance to put your money were your mouth is”.

Kevin O’Keefe (35) had carried out a number of thefts and burglaries from various Dublin business in August 2017 and was due to be sentenced for these offences before Judge Melanie Greally at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

After evidence was given by Garda Darren Burke, O’Keefe took the stand and told his barrister that he was tired of his life and he would love a change and a proper chance, “a ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Recovered addict died after taking heroin 'for some inexplicable reason'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who riffled through the pockets of a once recovered heroin addict who had overdosed in a Dublin laneway has been been jailed for two years.

Andrew Stammers died in the laneway at some point that night but it was not possible to establish if he was dead when John Murdiff (33) and his accomplice stole from him.

Murdiff and the other man passed by Mr Stammers again, less than two hours after they had stolen from him and checked on him as they were concerned he had not moved. Once they discovered Mr Stammers was not breathing they ran to ….read more

Donald Binchy

Coronavirus: court to halt ordering extraditions

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Donald Binchy. Credit: Collins)

The High Court judge in charge of Irish extradition cases has said he will hold-off ordering anybody’s surrender to another jurisdiction for the moment, save for the most serious of offences.

Mr Justice Donald Binchy, who dealt with a list of up to 30 international extradition cases in the High Court on Monday, said he would not be making orders for surrender, save in the most serious of cases, until after the Easter break at the earliest.

He said the making of any orders “might encourage flight” and could “cause problems within the prison system”. ….read more

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€35k settlement approved for family of man who died months after procedure

High Court

The High Court has approved a €35,000 payout to the family of retired building contractor Brian McElhinney, who had sued the HSE over injuries allegedly sustained following a medical procedure he underwent months before his death.

Mr McElhinney, a father and grandfather from Station Road, Glenties, Co Donegal, died at home on December 20th 2014.

His widow Rosaleen, on her own behalf and behalf of her late husband’s dependents, sued the HSE which she claimed had caused his death to be accelerated due to negligence.

The court heard that Mr McElhinney had been diagnosed as having conditions including Myelofibrosis, which is an uncommon ….read more

Four Courts

Child with complex medical needs sues seeking housing transfer

High Court

A High Court challenge has been brought aimed at securing suitable accommodation for a young girl, who is confined to a wheelchair and has severe and complex medical needs.

The girl, who has sued through her mother and cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been residing in various properties, with housing support from the local authority in the area they have been living for some years.

None of the properties were suitable, it is claimed.

Since 2017, mother and daughter have been living at their current address, which cannot be adapted to be made suitable for her needs, despite the fact the ….read more

Patrick Harte

Retired teacher guilty of abusing boys at Synge St school

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Patrick Harte. Credit: Collins)

A retired Dublin school teacher has being convicted of fondling school boys five decades ago.

Patrick Harte (78), of Glendown Park, Templeogue, Dublin 6W had denied 11 counts of indecent assault of seven complainants at the Sancta Maria Christian Brothers on Synge Street, Dublin city centre. The alleged offences took place on dates between September 1968 and September 1970.

The jury of six men and six women began deliberations on Friday but from this morning they began using a court room, instead of the smaller jury room, to deliberate.

Jurors were spread out around the court room and kept ….read more

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