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Shelbourne fraudster alleged to have headed UK organised crime gang

High Court

A fraudster with convictions in Ireland for “wining and dining” in expensive hotels using stolen credit cards has been surrendered to the UK to face an allegation that he headed an organised crime group that sold internet users’ bank details on the dark web.

UK national Carlos Mason (32) is alleged, in a European Arrest Warrant issued by the UK, to have been the head of an organised crime group that set up a website offering goods for sale. Users who attempted to purchase those goods received nothing, the warrant states, but the crime gang took their bank details and used ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man 'destroyed by alcohol' jailed for sexual assault of partner

Central Criminal Court

A once “kind, clever and good man” who has been “destroyed” by alcohol abuse has been jailed for attacking and sexually assaulting his then partner after returning home drunk.

The man (64), who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, grabbed his then partner by the hair with one hand while he punched her with his other as he lay naked on top of her during the ordeal.

The man, with an address in Co Mayo, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to aggravated sexual assault at his address on December 14, 2018. He has two previous ….read more

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Teen accused of producing weapon during sex assault of schoolboy (12)

High Court

A teenager accused of producing a weapon during a sexual assault of another boy when he was 12 years old has brought a High Court challenge aimed at quashing the District Court judge’s decision to send his case forward for trial.

The teen bringing the challenge is charged with sexually assaulting another male in the bathroom of the school they had previously attended. The incident is alleged to have occurred in April 2018.

The accused is also facing a charge that, contrary to the 1990 Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, during the course of the assault he allegedly produced an implement ….read more

Four Courts

Women accused of publishing images of teen murderers takes High Court action

High Court

A woman accused of publishing pictures of two teenagers convicted of the murder of another teenager has brought a High Court challenge against the District Court’s decision to refuse jurisdiction to hear the case.

The action has been taken by Ms Edel Doherty, who claims the district court’s decision is procedurally flawed and should be set aside.

She is one of ten people facing charges, under the 2001 Children’s Act, of publishing images of two teenagers which identified them as being persons accused and convicted of a serious crime.

The section of the act she has allegedly breached is a hybrid offence. ….read more


Violent offender further jailed for threatening ex and family after assault

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for obstruction of justice after he admitted trying to stop his ex-partner giving evidence against him by telling her that her family – including her young daughter – would be shot.

Noel McCabe (25) is currently serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for a number of offences, including assaulting his partner and violent disorder.

After he was charged with two counts of assaulting his partner in March and April 2018, he went on to make threats against her, Sergeant Adrian Mulligan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

McCabe, with an address at Sandyhill Gardens, Sillogue Road, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty ….read more


Man who arranged to meet dissident on day he was murdered goes on trial

Special Criminal Court

A man who arranged to meet dissident republican Peter Butterly on the afternoon he was murdered deliberately destroyed a mobile phone SIM card in an attempt to hamper and disrupt the garda investigation, the State has told the Special Criminal Court.

Ray Kennedy (40), who is attending his trial at the non-jury court remotely, is accused of perverting the course of justice by destroying the SIM card, an item the State says “would have been of very significant evidential value” to the investigation.

The three-judge court heard today that the accused man arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, as ….read more

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