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Man claims garda obtained his private data fraudulently after row over advert

High Court

A businessman who claims a member of An Garda Siochana fraudulently obtained his private data after a row over an online advert has asked the High Court for an order directing the Commissioner to identify the officer who allegedly sought the information.

Tomasz Blazejewicz, a sales executive from Clover Hill Close, Killorgan, Co Kerry, wants to sue and formally serve proceedings on the individual Garda in question after claiming that the information was fraudulently obtained in August of last year.

The court heard that the case centres on an online exchange that occurred on the ‘’ platform involving Mr Blazejewicz ….read more

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'I want to kill you': jail for knife-wielding burglar who claimed house was his

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eoin Ryan

A violent burglar has been jailed for three years for a home invasion during which he put a knife to the homeowner’s face and told him: “I want to kill you.”

Garda Colin Reynolds told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that at around 1.30am on January 30, 2021 the victim, who was aged in his 40s, arrived at his city centre home.

When he got inside the house the victim saw a man inside the house wearing nothing but shorts. This was the defendant Michael French (28), who began shouting at the homeowner “Who are you motherfucker, get out of my ….read more

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No jail for man caught with €63k from invoice redirection fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who admitted having over €63,000 from an invoice redirection fraud has walked from court with a suspended sentence.

Iheanyichukwu Banna (35) of Beechfield Close, Clonee, Dublin admitted that the money was transferred into his bank account on July 12, 2018, but told gardaí he had “no idea” where it came from.

Passing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Martin Nolan said the offence could not have been carried out without Banna’s complicity and that the court could infer that he was “up to his neck in it”.

Counsel for Banna however, said his client had pleaded guilty on the basis ….read more

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Court upholds sentence of 'predator' jailed for raping schoolgirl 20 times

Court of Appeal

A predator who repeatedly raped his partner’s young sister when she was a schoolgirl has failed in his bid to have his 11-year jail term reduced.

John Giltrap (61), of Termonbarry, Hospital Hill, Bunclody, Co Wexford, had pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of raping Caroline Kavanagh at various locations in Bunclody between December 1978 and March 1982.

A jury at the Central Criminal Court in Kilkenny however found him guilty on 20 of the charges and in December 2020 he was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment on each count by Mr Justice Michael McGrath.

Ms ….read more

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€7.5k fine for exposing staff to asbestos risk 'simply too low', appeal court told

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A €7,500 fine imposed on a pub company for exposing two staff members to the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres was unduly lenient, the Court of Appeal was told today.

In July 2021, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that a director of Telstar Investments LTD, along with two staff members, had removed a small number of “unstable” ceiling tiles over a common courtyard area being redeveloped by another company due to a fear that they may fall on staff or customers.

Work on the ceiling by the contractor had stopped after a warning sticker had been found and the ….read more

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Man who secretly filmed former partner avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A man who placed a computer tablet in his ex-partner’s kitchen to secretly film her during a four-month period of harassment has been handed a three-year suspended jail term.

Sean Kershaw (38) of Linnetsfield Walk, Blanchardstown, Dublin pleaded guilty to harassment on dates between January 1, 2021 and April 11, 2021 at Castaheany, Dublin.

Garda Jessica Maguire gave evidence that Kershaw’s former partner complained to gardaí that he had been harassing her for several months.

Kershaw told gardaí that he had acted out of jealousy, curiosity and concern for his daughter, after his former partner began a new relationship.

Judge Martin Nolan ….read more

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