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Jail for man who repeatedly attacked restaurant staff after 'mental collapse'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Brion Hoban

A man who carried out violent attacks on the staff of a fast-food restaurant under his flat in a dispute over late night opening hours and noise has been jailed for three years.

Judge Karen O’Connor said the fact that Gerard Griffin (63) carried out the first attacks on the business 10 days after the death of his son in 2017 was a “powerful” aspect of his mitigation.

Griffin had an ongoing dispute with Bilal Ahmed from the Chicken Hut on Clanbrassil Street in Dublin because of the levels of noise, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard. When ….read more

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Pub trade 'much tougher' now than in March, High Court told

High Court

A director of a group that owns several pubs has told the High Court that the situation in the hospitality industry has become far worse in recent weeks compared to March, when its businesses had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Stephen Cooney, who is a director and co-owner of the Loyola Group of pubs, said that the losses suffered by his business, which include the Leopardstown Inn in South Dublin, have been immense and will continue on into the future.

The businessman was giving evidence on the fourth day of a test case brought by four pubs, one of which ….read more

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10-year jail term upheld for repeated abuse of toddler

Court of Appeal

By Paul Neilan

A man jailed for ten years for repeatedly indecently assaulting his toddler cousin has failed in his appeal against the severity of his sentence at the Court of Appeal today.

The man, who cannot be named so that his victim cannot be identified, was sentenced in May of last year at Dublin Circuit Court for 56 counts of indecent assault on the child over a four-year period.

Following the trial last January, a jury convicted him of the 56 indecent assaults committed between January 1982 and August 1986 at a place in Dublin.

The man, now 53, began abusing his ….read more


Footage of drunken attack on man 'very disturbing', judge says

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A judge has described as “very disturbing” CCTV footage of two men and a woman attacking a man in a drunken late night brawl after the victim made a derogatory remark about the woman’s weight.

Mark Connolly (25), Stephen McNamee (25) and his partner Natalie Mulligan (33) chased Paul O’Kelly from a chipper and then punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground.

Connolly, of St Columbanus Road, Dundrum, Dublin, McNamee of Mulvey Park, Dundrum and Mulligan of Columbanus Estate, Dundrum pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Rathgar Road, Rathmines, Dublin on April 24, 2018.

Garda Ciaran O’Brien told Dublin ….read more

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Hijack accused refuses to accept non-jury trial order

Special Criminal Court

A Dubliner accused of threatening to kill a woman while hijacking her car and falsely imprisoning her has refused to accept service of an order sending him for trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Trevor Byrne (41) of Cappagh Road, Finglas West was before the court today, after the High Court made an order in September transferring his trial from the Circuit Criminal Court to the three-judge Special Criminal Court, where it was accepted earlier this week.

Solicitor for the State Michael O’Donovan told the court that the charges dated back some time and asked for a month to get witnesses ….read more

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Plea to crime cash charges

Special Criminal Court

A Kildare man has pleaded guilty to five money laundering offences carried out over a number of years.

Jonathan Harding (48), of Kerdiff Avenue in Naas, was charged with 30 offences of laundering crime cash between 1 January, 2012, and 31 December 2016, through accounts held at EBS, Bank of Ireland and AIB.

He was arraigned on five of those charges today before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of concealing or disguising the true nature of money in his bank accounts, knowing it was the proceeds of criminal conduct. One count covered an account in EBS on ….read more

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