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Woman jailed for violent robbery spree

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman who took part in a spree of robberies over the course of a few hours has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Alice Connors (27) and another woman committed two robberies and an attempted robbery at night in Dublin City Centre. During the various offences, Connors produced both a knife and a broken bottle.

Connors, of no fixed abode but residing at Times Hostel, College Street, Dublin 2, came forward on signed pleas of guilty to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for two robberies and one attempted robbery at various locations in Dublin City centre on October 2 and October 3, 2020.

She ….read more

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Former Bothar CEO admits misappropriating hundreds of thousands in donations, High Court hears

High Court

David Moloney, a former CEO of the well-known charity Bothar, has admitted to misappropriating large amounts of monies donated to the charity for his personal use, the High Court has heard.

Earlier this month Bothar, whose activities including aiding poor farmers in developing nations through donations of livestock, secured a temporary High Court injunction freezing the assets of Mr Moloney, who had resigned his post as the organisation’s CEO in February.

Mr Maloney had initially denied any wrongdoing but when the matter returned before the High Court on Tuesday, Frank Beatty SC, for Bothar, said his client had been furnished with a ….read more

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Man caught with 'depraved' video of him abusing child

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was caught with a video of himself molesting a child has been jailed for two and a half years.

Gardaí secured a warrant to search the home of Anthony Wills (63) after he was linked to child pornography following a separate investigation in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

Detective Garda Anthony McCabe told Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, that a number of items were seized during the Greystones investigation and it transpired that Wills had sent five images of child pornography to one of those phones seized.

This led to Wills’ own home being searched, during which a number of phones and a ….read more

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Former Sinn Fein councillor charged with murder at Regency Hotel

Special Criminal Court

A former Sinn Fein councillor has been charged at the Special Criminal Court with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

Mr Byrne was shot dead at the hotel on the Swords Road in Dublin in February 2016 after five men, three disguised as armed gardaí, stormed the building.

Jonathan Dowdall (43), a former north inner city councillor with an address at Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 9, appeared at the brief hearing this morning when the registrar read the single charge to him.

Mr Dowdall is charged with the murder of David Byrne, contrary to common law, at the ….read more

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Gang member jailed for killing Galway publican wants more time to appeal

Court of Appeal

A man who was part of a gang that killed a Galway publican during a burglary and then left the country has asked for leave to appeal his conviction.

Marian Lingurar Junior (26) is serving a nine-year prison sentence for his role in the death of John Kenny in 2011. The Court of Appeal heard today that Lingurar did not lodge his appeal within the required time period following his conviction.

His barrister, Colman Fitzgerald SC, told the three-judge court that his client’s solicitor thought the appeal had been lodged but it has since emerged that the appeal lodged related to ….read more


Business graduate allowed bank account to be used by scammers

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Stephen Bourke

A business graduate has received a fully suspended sentence for money-laundering after allowing his bank account to be used to handle over €21,000 stolen by scammers.

Jackson Sije (31) told gardaí he thought he was helping a fellow student to receive money from home for college and living expenses in Dublin in June 2019.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the funds were, in fact, the proceeds of a “phishing scam” uncovered by staff at an Irish company.

Sije, who is originally from Nigeria and has an address at Alderwood Green, Springfield, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession of the proceeds of ….read more

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