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"Incompetent" hijackers choked taxi driver with charger cable

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two brothers attacked a taxi driver and attempted to hijack his car but failed to get it started, a court has heard.

Peter Collins (26) wrapped a phone charger cable around the neck of the 60-year-old taxi man while his younger brother Jason Collins (18) punched the man in the face and searched his pockets.

Peter Collins, of Collinstown Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin and Jason Collins, of Eden Quay, Dublin 1, both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery, assault causing harm and unlawful seizure of a car at Rutland Grove, Crumlin, on May 6, 2019.

Judge Martin Nolan said the attempt ….read more

Michael O'Leary

Michael O'Leary takes to stand in Ryanair contract case

High Court

(Pictured: Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. Credit: Collins)

Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew “knew from the get-go” that there was a clause in his contract of employment preventing him from joining a rival for a period of 12 months post his departure from the Irish airline, the High Court has heard.

The claim was made on the opening day of Ryanair’s proceedings against Mr Bellew arising out of his decision, taken earlier this year, to leave the company at the end of this month and join rival airline Easyjet as its chief operating officer.

The airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary, in his evidence to ….read more

Fiona Mitchell

Alleged murder bid witness denies shooting victim hid in her shed

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Alleged victim Ms Fiona Mitchell. Credit: Collins)

The prosecution has completed its evidence in the trial of a 35-year-old man who denies threatening to murder his ex-girlfriend’s partner and attempting to murder the man’s mother by firing gunshot rounds into her home.

Robert Lawlor (35), with an address at the Rise, Laytown, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Fiona Mitchell at Moatview Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin on May 26, 2018.

On the final day of evidence in the trial, Ms Mitchell returned to the stand for the third time and denied that Kane McCormack, who was shot dead ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Shooting arose as ex would not "give in" to accused's demands, State say

Central Criminal Court

The prosecution has begun its closing speech in the trial of a man accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend’s partner and attempting to murder the same man’s mother.

John O’Kelly SC, for the State, told the jury of seven men and five women that the accused man Robert Lawlor was seen by his alleged intended victim in her back garden holding a gun moments before shots were fired into her home.

He said this was “important evidence” as Ms Mitchell knew what Mr Lawlor looked like, having studied his face on social media in the weeks before the shooting.

Mr O’Kelly ….read more

Jim Mansfield Jnr

Jim Mansfield Jnr gets legal aid after court hears of €6m judgement

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Junior. Credit: Collins)

Businessman Jim Mansfield Junior has been granted legal aid on charges relating to false imprisonment and the perversion of justice after the Special Criminal Court heard he has a €6 million judgement against him.

The non-jury court heard today that the accused currently lives with his mother and provides money to his ex-wife.

Mr Mansfield (52), of Tasaggart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, is charged with conspiring with one or more persons to falsely imprison Martin Byrne on a date unknown between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015, both dates inclusive. This is ….read more

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Heroin addict "destroyed" single mum's home on Christmas Day

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A heroin addict who “destroyed” a single mother’s home on Christmas Day, covering it in urine and rendering her family temporarily homeless, has been jailed for three and a half years.

Robert Hedderman (35) caused “many thousands of euro” in damage to the home in Kinsealy, Dublin when he broke in and trashed it in 2016, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

He ripped furniture, placed an Xbox and a dvd player in a sink filled with water, urinated throughout the home and scattered ash everywhere, the court heard.

Jailing the man for three and a half years, Judge Martin Nolan said his ….read more

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