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Mass data retention is not unlawful, State argue in Lunney trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Prosecution Counsel Mr Sean Guerin SC. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for the State have told the Special Criminal Court that gardai were entitled to use mobile phone data in their investigation of the abduction and assault on Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

Sean Guerin SC has continued his submissions to the three-judge, non-jury court, saying that the Court of Justice of the European Union does not prohibit the mass retention of mobile phone data. Quoting a recent Spanish case that went before the European court, Mr Guerin said the EU court had decided that the legality of retention of data was ….read more

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Jail for man who walked into garda station and admitted attempted rape

Central Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean

A man with mental health issues who walked into a garda station to alert officers to the fact that he had just tried to rape a young woman has been jailed for three years.

Oliver Kane (41), who was homeless at the time, told gardaí that when he saw the woman walking by he decided “I am going to run towards her and get as close as I can”. He said his intentions were to get her into a side area but she fought him off and managed to get away.

“God knows what would have happened,” Kane told gardaí ….read more

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Skeleton-masked robber wielded toy gun

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A bike-riding robber wearing a skeleton mask and wielding a toy gun was unsuccessful in his attempts to rob two premises before later raiding a supermarket, a court has heard.

David Savage (29) later presented himself at a garda station and told investigators he had been in a panic on the day after being pressured to repay a drug debt.

Savage, with addresses at Navan Road, Dublin 7, and Belclare Way, Poppintree, Dublin 11, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to two attempted robberies and one robbery in the city centre on December 30, 2019. He pleaded guilty to a further robbery ….read more

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Man jailed for life for Waterford murder

Central Criminal Court

by Paul Neilan

A man has been sentenced this morning to life imprisonment at the Central Criminal Court for the “brutal, horrendous” murder of a 60-year-old man in Waterford three years ago.

In May of this year, Stephen Keane (31) of Coolfin Meadows, Portlaw, Co Waterford, was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of the murder of John Lowe (60) at his Portlaw home on December 13, 2018.

Today at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said that the only sentence that could be imposed was life imprisonment.

Victim impact statements from three of Mr Lowe’s sisters were read into the court ….read more

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Man seeks to quash CFA provisional findings on alleged abuse

High Court

A retired businessman has brought a High Court challenge against provisional findings made against him by the Child and Family’s Agency/Tusla, concerning allegations that he sexually abused his siblings more than 40 years ago.

The action has been brought by the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons and who no longer lives in Ireland and denies the allegations. As he no longer resides in the jurisdiction, he claims the CFA/Tusla cannot proceed with making findings against him nor assessing him as a potential risk to children.

He is challenging provisional findings made by the CFA/Tusla earlier this year that ….read more

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Retired religious seeks to halt sex abuse trial

High Court

A retired member of a Catholic religious order is seeking a High Court order that would prevent his trial on charges of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s from going ahead.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is facing four charges of sexual assault on dates between 1966 and 1969 made against him by a woman. The complainant was a secondary school student and a minor at the time of the alleged assaults, which are all alleged to have taken place in the west of the country.

The first assault is alleged to have taken place ….read more

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