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Jail for series of knife-point robberies

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who committed a series of knife-point robberies while on bail for earlier robberies has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Richard O’Doherty (24), of Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robberies at Maxol Station, Harold’s Cross and Centra, Kimmage Road Lower, both on June 23, 2019.

O’Doherty also pleaded guilty to robberies on Kimmage Road Lower, on August 8, 2019, November 24, 2019, and November 25, 2019. He pleaded guilty to a further count of attempted robbery at Spar, Rathmines Road Lower, on December 20, 2019.

Garda Stephen Forster told Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, that on ….read more

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Voluntary paramedic drugged and raped teenage boy

Central Criminal Court

A member of a voluntary paramedic organisation who orally raped one teenage boy and sexually assaulted another after drugging them with a powerful pain relief substance will be sentenced on Wednesday.

In one attack the 29-year-old used an oxygen mask to force the 15 year old to inhale the drug before sexually assaulting him. In a second attack the accused orally raped the unconscious child while another man recorded it on his mobile phone.

The Kildare man, who cannot be named to protect the identify of the victims, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape of one boy at ….read more

Four Courts

Pubs say FBD must indemnify them for Covid-19 losses

High Court

Several test actions brought by pub owners over whether their policies with FBD Insurance cover the disruption in trade caused by Covid-19 have been admitted to the fast track Commercial Court list.

Mr Justice David Barniville was told the there could be as many as 1,000 pubs and bars all over the country affected by the dispute, which arose after the refusal by the insurer to provide them with cover.

The pub owners claim that under their policies of insurance taken out with FBD, they are entitled to have their consequential losses covered by what they claim is an insurable risk.

They claim ….read more

CCTV

UK company helped gardai with reconstruction in Adrian Donohoe investigation

Central Criminal Court

A UK video analyst viewed CCTV footage from the night Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead in an attempt to identify vehicles gardai believe were involved in the shooting, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Matt Cass, of Acuity Forensics, told prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines SC that his company specialises in image analysis, vehicle identification and reconstruction of events that have been captured by CCTV.

Giving his evidence by video link from the UK, he said his role is to provide evidence “impartially, not to take sides or provide evidence for one side or the other.” At the beginning of ….read more

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"Defies logic" that teenager orally raped by father failed to notice penis implants

Court of Appeal

It “defies logic” that a teenage girl who was orally raped by her father failed to notice his penis implants, his lawyers told the Court of Appeal today.

The man’s legal team also submitted that it could have helped the defence at trial if investigating gardai had asked the complainant for a description of her father’s penis.

Lawyers for the man today argued that the prosecution had created “a fundamental gap” in the evidence by providing no rational explanation as to how the sexual abuse had occurred without the complainant having noticed three plastic implants, which had been previously surgically inserted underneath ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Gunman's conviction for shooting woman in neck is upheld

Court of Appeal

A Cork man has failed to overturn his conviction for shooting a young woman in the neck through the window of a house in the city four years ago. The Court of Appeal found no miscarriage of justice.

Gavin Sheehan (33), with a last address at Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork, had been sentenced to 14 years in prison for firing the handgun on May 15, 2016.

He had denied all charges, but was found guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition, reckless discharge of a firearm and assault causing serious harm to Ciara Sheehan (no relation).

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin sentenced him ….read more

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