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Couple forged documents out of belief they'd never qualify for mortgage

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Seán McCárthaigh

A Dublin couple who used forged documents to apply for a mortgage because they believed they would never qualify otherwise for a housing loan one have been spared a jail sentence.

Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin said Clare Ellis (34) and Gareth Boyle (32) did not realise they were engaging in criminal activity in what was “not a highly sophisticated” effort to deceive a bank.

Sentencing them to periods of community service in lieu of a prison term, the judge described the case as “highly unusual and exceptional”.

“I don’t condone what they did. It was wrong but I do understand why ….read more

Special Criminal Court

No mandatory requirement to warn juries about accused's "previous good character"

Court of Appeal

A Meath man jailed for raping a woman he met on the online dating app ‘Badoo’ has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Martin Sherlock (31) and the woman, a foreign national, had arranged to meet but she told him they could not have sex without a condom. She started to feel uncomfortable during other sexual activity and said Sherlock did not stop when she said “no”. Later, she realised he had ejaculated inside her.

Sherlock, of Athlumney Wood, Navan, Co Meath had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman at her Dublin home on August 14, 2015. He pleaded guilty ….read more

Paul Fanning

Man caught by vigilantes trying to meet child for sex is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Paul Fanning. Credit: Collins)

A man who was caught trying to communicate with a child for sex by a vigilante “sting” operation has been jailed for six months.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Paul Fanning (59) asked for sexually explicit images from dating website profiles he believed belonged to two teenage girls. The accounts were decoys set up by a group called “Emerald Hunters Ireland” in order to find potential paedophiles, the court heard.

Fanning initiated contact with the accounts and in both cases the communication became graphically sexual in nature fairly quickly, Detective Garda David Ganley testified.

In February 10 last ….read more

justice new

Driver who caused death of "trailblazing" activist (91) has "no memory" of impact

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Declan Brennan

A driver who remembers nothing about the impact which caused the death of a 91 year old pedestrian has been given a fully suspended sentence of one year.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Tomas Kennedy (43) was not speeding or intoxicated when the car he was driving struck Beatrice Ryan at the Old Dublin Road, Stillorgan, on March 25, 2017.

Ms Ryan was returning home after eating lunch with her cousin. Witnesses did not see the impact but described hearing a thud sound and seeing Ms Ryan on top of the bonnet of a still moving ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Conviction for Tinder sex assault upheld on appeal

Court of Appeal

A man jailed for sexually assaulting a woman he met on the internet dating programme Tinder has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Paul Flaherty (31) was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of sexually assaulting a woman at his home on Kiltipper Avenue, in Tallaght, Dublin on August 31, 2015. The incident took place while Flaherty’s parents were in the next-door bedroom.

Sentencing him to five years imprisonment last year, Mr Justice Michael White said Flaherty’s behaviour on the night was “disgusting”. He noted that the woman had made it clear to Flaherty that she was ….read more

Kathleen Kiely

No jail for woman caught trying to sell €90k in stolen jewellery

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Kathleen Kiely. Credit: Collins)

A mother-of-one who was caught trying to sell €90,000 of stolen gold jewellery to a cash for gold shop has received a fully suspended sentence.

Kathleen Kiely (32) of Lymington Avenue, Woodgreen, London, England, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to handling stolen property on January 21, 2018. She has no previous convictions.

At an earlier sentence hearing, Garda Sergeant Aidan Carroll told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that gardaí had placed the jewellery shop in Tallaght, Dublin under surveillance after receiving information that two men were to call there.

A woman exited a car driven by her former ….read more

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