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Man jailed for raping partner's son in the shower

Central Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Eimear Dodd

A man who raped his partner’s seven-year-old son in the shower has been jailed for eight years.

The 48-year-old man, who can’t be named to protect the identity of his victim, was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexually assaulting the boy on a date between May 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016 following a Central Criminal Court trial last July.

The child, then aged seven, was showering in his home when the man came in and told the boy his mother had said he should shower with him. The man then ….read more


Mother "tortured" by how son's life ended

Central Criminal Court

Pic: Dean Kerrie will be sentenced next week for killing Jason Power four years ago (Photo: Collins)

By Eoin Reynolds

A mother whose son was stabbed to death after he smashed the front window of a house and entered through the front door has told the Central Criminal Court that she is tortured by how his life ended and the pain he must have felt.

In a written statement Loretta Power said her son Jack Power was a hard-working man with a “big smile and laugh” whose “kindness will forever be locked in my heart”. She said that the four years since his ….read more


WRC rejects mask exemption letter from suspended GP


Pic: WRC (Collins)

By Stephen Bourke

The Workplace Relations Commission has refused to accept a letter from suspended Derry GP Anne McCloskey as evidence of disability in a man’s face mask discrimination claim.

The tribunal has rejected a complaint under the Equal Status Act by Longford man John Ryan against Gerry Ellis & Sons, trading as Fresh Today, in a decision published this morning.

Mr Ryan had claimed he was discriminated against on 29 June 2021 on the basis of disability when he went to buy plums for his lunch at the supermarket in the Axis Centre in Longford Town — only to be ….read more


Woman says she discovered videos showing her husband raping her while she was passed out

Central Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean

A woman has told a jury that she discovered videos on her husband’s computer of him “raping me, putting objects inside me” when she alleges she was “passed out”.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to 15 charges of sexually assaulting the woman by penetrating her vagina with various different objects including a knife, a cheese grater, a bottle, a carrot, a banana, a cucumber, a tulip, a wooden spatula, a decanter stopper, part of a shoe, a bicycle pump, a deodorant bottle and his finger on dates between January 1, 2005 and ….read more


"Callous" company failed to tell sales exec why she had not been paid


(Pic: Collins)

by Stephen Bourke

The management of a Slovak plasterboard company has been branded “insulting and callous” for making no response to its Irish sales executive as she tried to find out why she hadn’t been paid for months.

Cathy Orr eventually quit just days before Christmas last year after being left without pay for four and a half months – and discovering that her employer, Helske Energy Save Ltd, had not set up a pension account for her despite taking over €100 a month off her salary as a pension contribution.

The Workplace Relations Commission has awarded her over €22,000 for illegal ….read more

Gerry Hutch

Monk told former SF councillor he was one of Regency murder team, trial to hear

Special Criminal Court

Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch told former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall that he was “one of the team” that murdered Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, the Special Criminal Court heard today.

The Regency attack was “performative, targeted” and had elements of “the militaristic and the macabre”, prosecution counsel Sean Gillane told the three judges of the court.

The court was also told today that Dowdall had attempted to get his “republican contacts” to mediate or resolve the Hutch-Kinahan feud and that Mr Hutch had asked Dowdall to arrange a meeting with provisional republicans due to the ….read more

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