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Smuggler had 13kg of heroin in suitcase

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man caught smuggling €1.2 million worth of heroin into Dublin airport has been jailed for seven years.

Mudassar Khan (27) had come off a flight from Dubai and was stopped by customs officers when he tried to enter the “blue channel” for travellers within the EU.

His bags were searched and the customs official found 13kg of heroin wrapped up in one suitcase. Gardai were alerted and arrested Khan.

In interview Khan said he lived in the UK and was a drug addict with a drug debt of UK£2,500. He said he had agreed to transport a package but claimed he thought ….read more

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Trial of man accused of coercing woman into getting married collapses

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The trial of a man alleged to have intimidated a woman into getting married to a stranger has collapsed on its opening day.

Yasir Ali (31) of Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to coercion in apartments in Ballinrobe and Hollymount, both in Co. Mayo, on a date between January 1, 2015 and July 7, 2015.

Judge Patricia Ryan discharged the jury on the afternoon of the trial’s opening day after the barrister for the State received instructions to end the prosecution.

At the beginning of the trial, Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, told the jury ….read more

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Farmland was searched at time of disappearance, Moonlight murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Patrick Quirke. Credit: Collins)

Days after DJ Bobby Ryan went missing Gardai searched the farmland where he would be found almost two years later, but found no evidence of what happened to him, a murder trial has heard.

Farmer Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ going by the name Mr Moonlight, on a date between June 3, 2011 and April 2013.

He is on trial at the Central Criminal Court. The deceased went missing in June 2011 and his body was found in April 2013 in ….read more

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Jury must look at matters from murder accused's point of view, judge charges

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the murder trial of a Clare man who admitted stabbing a man in the back during a row has been sent home for the night and will continue their deliberations tomorrow.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart said the jury could convict or acquit Robbie Walsh (23) of Karl Haugh’s murder, or return an alternative verdict of manslaughter.

She said it is the defence’s case that Mr Walsh did not intend to cause serious harm and that he had been acting in self defence at the time.

She warned the jurors they must not approach deliberations with emotive or prejudicial feelings. ….read more

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State wants to mediate McCabe actions

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Maurice McCabe. Credit: Collins)

The State wants to mediate several damages actions brought against it by retired Garda Sergeant and whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

The High Court heard on Monday that the State is to write “an open letter” to Mr McCabe’s solicitors in an effort to see if several actions brought by him against parties, including the Garda Commissioner, can be resolved through mediation.

The mediation offer was mentioned when one set of proceedings brought by Mr McCabe against parties including the Garda Commissioner, the Minister for Justice, Ireland, the Attorney General and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan was mentioned ….read more

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British man repeatedly travelled here to have sex with teen

Central Criminal Court

By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Declan Brennan

A UK resident who repeatedly travelled to Dublin to have sex with a teenage girl who he claimed he was in love with has been jailed for four and a half years.

The Central Criminal Court heard that then 25-year-old man and the 16-year-old became engaged at one point and he told gardaí he was in love with her.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said that it was not love and the man was satisfying his sadistic urges by exploiting “a mere child”.

He met the girl online in mid 2016 and began traveling here to have sex ….read more

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