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'Trusted' gang member jailed over planned attack on rival

Special Criminal Court

by Paul Neilan

A trusted member of an organised crime gang that was planning an imminent attack on a rival north Dublin faction has been jailed for five years after he was caught with a loaded handgun.

Jake Kearney (25) of Coolock Drive, Dublin 17, pleaded guilty on May 5 at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to unlawful possession of a Luger-calibre Grand Power semi-automatic pistol at Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 9, on October 30, 2019.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt noted today that Kearney’s mother, whose home was burned out after his arrest, was being “punished for the crime of ….read more

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Man's rape conviction quashed without contest after new evidence emerges

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of a Dublin man for taking part in a gang rape, after the defence received previously undisclosed information that the complainant had made other sexual allegations in the past.

The Director of Public Prosecutions did not oppose the man’s application to have his conviction overturned.

The now 25-year-old, who was jailed for four years in June 2017, is reserving his position in relation to compensation for a miscarriage of justice.

He had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman with two other men at a house in Dublin on a date in May, ….read more

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Kevin Lunney accused fails in bid to have charges dismissed

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man accused of falsely imprisoning and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney has failed in a bid to have the charges against him dismissed.

Alan O’Brien (39), with an address at Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, is charged with false imprisonment and assault causing serious harm to Mr Lunney at Drumbrade, Ballinagh, Co Cavan on September 17, 2019.

Mr O’Brien had today applied to the non-jury court to dismiss the two charges.

Mr Lunney, a father of six, was abducted close to his home in Co Fermanagh on the evening of September 17. The businessman’s leg ….read more

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Sentence of boy who tried to murder woman won't be reviewed for further two years

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Mr Justice George Birmingham. Credit: Collins)

A teenage boy who tried to murder a woman he met on an internet dating app will serve a further two years detention before his 11-year sentence is reviewed, following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Court of Appeal today increased the teenager’s sentence review date by two years to seven years, after finding that the original five-year term was too lenient.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham delivered judgment, saying that a review of the sentence took place at too early a stage.

Outlining the Court’s ….read more

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Violent offender who tried to murder teen has suspended sentence activated

Central Criminal Court

A man who tried to murder a teenager at a popular Dublin hiking spot has had the six-year suspended part of his sentence activated after a series of violent incidents while in prison on other charges.

Mr Justice Michael White said a psychiatric report on Micheal Corbett (30) showed that he is at risk of future violence and added: “It is a situation that will confront society again when Mr Corbett is released.”

The court has previously heard that Corbett has assaulted other prisoners in Mountjoy Prison, including attacking one with a hot kettle.

The judge had originally imposed a nine-year sentence ….read more

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Judge minded to approve survival scheme for CityJet

High Court

A High Court judge has said he is minded to approve a survival scheme allowing regional airline CityJet to successfully exit examinership.

The approved scheme will allow the Dublin-based airline continue as a going concern, on what was described on “a slimmed down” basis, with over 140 jobs at the company being retained.

The scheme, which was supported by a majority of the airline’s creditors and shareholders, also sees tens of millions of euro of its debt being written off.

Last April the airline sought the protection of the courts, claiming it was insolvent because of financial difficulties which were exacerbated ….read more

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