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12-year battle ends as Dekker fails in bid to overturn Daniel McAnaspie murder conviction

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Richard Dekker. Photo: Collins)

A violent criminal has lost an appeal against his conviction for murdering 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie, whose body was found in a farm drainage ditch three months after he was stabbed to death.

The appeal brings to an end a 12-year saga since Daniel, who was an orphan and was in the care of the HSE at the time, went missing in February 2010.

Richard Dekker first went on trial accused of Daniel’s murder in 2013 but was acquitted by direction of the trial judge, who said there was a lack of evidence. Dekker then made legal history ….read more

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Man linked to criminal Cornelius Price fails in bid to overturn WW II machine gun conviction

Court of Appeal

A man linked to convicted criminal Cornelius Price has failed in an appeal against his conviction for having a World War II-era sub-machine gun that was found during a garda search near Price’s home in Co Meath.

Stephen Gibbons (58) of Rockleigh House, Richardstown, Gormanston, Co Meath, had denied a charge of unlawfully possessing a 9mm Makarov PM-63 RAK submachine pistol on or about January 15, 2020, at Richardstown in the county. He was convicted by a jury in May 2021 at Trim Circuit Court, who also found him not guilty of possessing ammunition at the same date and location.

At Gibbons’s ….read more

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€1.1m in orders made against German firm hit by €1.9bn fraud claims

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has granted orders allowing the joint official liquidators to the Irish arm of scandal-hit German electronic payments provider Wirecard AG to return over €1.16m to telecommunication firms Orange and Vodafone.

The court also made separate orders allowing some €800,000 held by Wirecard’s Irish entity that originated from international finance company VISA and French telecommunications company Societe Francaise Du Radiotelephone-SFR SA, to be made available to the company’s creditors.

In 2020 Wirecard’s parent company became the subject of an investigation by the German authorities over an alleged fraud.

Wirecard AG (WAG) filed for insolvency, owing creditors ….read more

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Gunman who shot father in front of daughter (7) has murder conviction upheld

Court of Appeal

A gunman who shot a father dead in front of his seven-year-old daughter has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned at the Court of Appeal.

Keith O’Neill (47) had pleaded not guilty to murdering John Wilson (35) on September 28, 2012, at Mr Wilson’s home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.

A jury found him guilty, however, and he was sentenced to life by Mr Justice Tony Hunt at the Central Criminal Court in May 2015. O’Neill had 116 previous convictions at the time.

Lawyers for O’Neill later claimed the conviction was “unsafe and ….read more

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Fire safety conviction overturned, despite court rejecting grounds of appeal

Court of Appeal

A man has had his conviction quashed for building safety failures after a fire broke out at a Wexford apartment block he owned seven years ago, despite the Court of Appeal rejecting his grounds of appeal.

Returning judgement today, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the three-judge court would take the unusual step of rejecting the grounds of appeal but quash the conviction due to its concerns about elements of the trial judge’s charge to the jury.

Leslie Peacock (75) was convicted at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court in January 2015 of a “failure to ensure safety in the event of a fire” that ….read more

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Mentally ill man harassed solicitor for months

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean
 
A man who harassed a solicitor for three months after first approaching her near her home and asking her to represent him has been given a suspended sentence.
 
John Woodlock (42) had mental health issues at the time, having relapsed into cannabis misuse during covid. He regularly rang and emailed the woman at the practice that she worked in and often approached her on the street where she lived.
 
Woodlock of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassment of the woman between August 17 and November 18, 2021. He has 17 previous convictions ….read more

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