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Toddler died after ingesting father's methadone, neglect trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Peter Murtagh

A mother whose toddler daughter died after ingesting her father’s methadone has gone on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court accused of wilful neglect.

The child’s mother, Sadie Douglas, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of wilful neglect, leading to the death of the child, between April 13 and 14, 2016. Her partner, the child’s father, is not before the court.

The court heard today that two-year-old baby Heidi, who was born on August 8 2013, was found dead on April 14 2016, lying on her parent’s bed at their home at Rathsallagh ….read more

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Company ordered to compensate woman asked about nationality in interview

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A woman has been awarded €1,500 in compensation after the the WRC ruled it was discriminatory to question her about her nationality when she wore a headscarf to a job interview.

Narimene Saad had complained under the Employment Equality Act against Deeward Ltd, claiming she was discriminated against on the basis of both her race and religion when she interviewed for a position with the firm on 4 April 2021 – a claim partially upheld in a decision published this morning.

The company had denied discriminating against her at all.

She told a hearing that she was invited to an interview for a ….read more

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Murderers can attack prison officers with impunity as 'it won't affect their sentence', victim tells court

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A prison officer who was “ferociously” assaulted while carrying out his duties has told a court that convicted murderers can attack prison staff with impunity because it won’t affect their sentences.

Convicted murderer Laurence Murphy (44) received a three-year prison sentence today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for an offence of assault causing harm to Kieran Maher at Wheatfield prison on July 10, 2019. He had pleaded guilty to the offence.

In 2002 a Central Criminal Court jury convicted Murphy, with a last address at Swilly Road, Cabra of murdering Thomas Brady (22) in Mountjoy Prison, on April 23, 2001. It was ….read more

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Woman avoids jail over false alibi for partner who lured gangster Whelan to his death

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lacey O’Connor. Photo: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Peter Murtagh

The former partner of a man who lured gangster Wayne Whelan to his death has avoided jail for perverting the course of justice after she provided him with a false alibi.

Lacey O’Connor (30) told gardai who were investigating the fatal shooting of Whelan (42) on November 18, 2019 that her partner Anthony Casserly was with her at the time of the murder.

Casserly was a trusted friend of Whelan and used his friendship to lure the Dubliner to a night out, where he was instead repeatedly shot before his body was ….read more

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'Dignity' of Lordship robbery accused 'offended' by refusal of bail while trial delayed, court told

Special Criminal Court

A man accused of a robbery in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead has seen “shockingly little” of his newborn son as he has been in custody having been refused bail, a barrister has told the High Court.

Sean Guerin SC said it “offends the dignity” of his client, Brendan Treanor, to refuse him bail and keep him away from his son and family in circumstances where his trial was supposed to begin in October but has been put back to January next year.

He suggested that a “strict regime” of conditions could be attached to bail.

Brendan Grehan SC, ….read more

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Victim left with epilepsy after unprovoked attack in city centre

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Claire Henry

A Dublin man who carried out an unprovoked late night attack in Dublin City centre, leaving his victim with epilepsy after a serious heard injury, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard at around 1am on 19 July, 2019, Shane White was sitting outside Burger King on Grafton Street when he was attacked. He was approached by two men, one of whom was Daryl Cassells (27).

The court heard that Cassells, of no fixed abode, believed White had caused upset to his partner and began to punch Mr White in the ….read more

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