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Bid by Jim Mansfield Jnr to dismiss case is rejected

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Mansfield Jnr. Photo: collins)

The trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr, who denies setting up one of his employees to be kidnapped by a gang, will hear closing speeches tomorrow after the judges of the Special Criminal Court refused a defence application to dismiss the case.

Bernard Condon SC, for Mr Mansfield, had argued that there was insufficient evidence for the court to consider a verdict. Mr Justice Alex Owens, presiding in the three-judge, non-jury court, today refused the defence application.

Shane Costelloe SC for the prosecution will begin his closing speech tomorrow, followed by Mr Condon.

Mr Mansfield Jnr (54), ….read more

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Jury to decide after psychiatrists disagree in insanity trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury will decide if a mentally ill man, who stabbed a woman he was having an affair with to death after becoming convinced she was an undercover agent sent to poison him, should be found not guilty by reason of insanity or if his responsibility for the killing was diminished due to his disorder.

In his closing speech, prosecution barrister Conor Devally SC told the jury that Valerijs Leitons should be seen as substantially diminished in his responsibility due to the nature of his mental disorder.

Whereas the accused man’s barrister, Michael Bowman SC, asked the jury not to ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Attempted murder trial to be heard at non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

The State has successfully applied to have the trial of a man accused of attempted murder on Dublin’s northside heard before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Bernard Fogarty (33) with an address at Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, Coolock, Dublin 5, is accused of the attempted murder of Mark Ivers at Streamville Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13, on September 6, 2019.

Today State solicitor Ms Ciara Vibien successfully applied for a certificate to hear the case at the non-jury court.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding at the three-judge court, granted the certificate and fixed October 18 next as a date for mention.

The judge granted the application ….read more

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Neighbours tell child cruelty trial of hearing screaming

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Neighbours of a couple accused of child cruelty and causing serious harm to their young daughter have told a trial they heard screaming and shouting coming from the couple’s home.

The 39-year-old man and 36-year-old woman have pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault causing serious harm to the child and three charges of child cruelty at the family home in Dublin on dates between June 28 and July 2, 2019

Anne Rowland SC, prosecuting, has told the jury that the child sustained a brain injury that prevents her from normal functioning and she is likely to need 24-hour care for ….read more


Trauma from Foreign Legion service led to drug abuse, court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former member of the French Foreign Legion who was caught in possession of just under €80,000 of cannabis has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Derek Hackett (55) was observed handing over a bag containing the drugs to another man after being followed to a location by gardaí conducting a surveillance operation.

Hackett of Owendoher Grove, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at Drumfinn Road, Ballyfermot, on August 1, 2020. He has previous convictions for road traffic offences.

Passing sentence today, Judge Melanie Greally said the detection arose from a surveillance operation targeting ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Leaving Cert student who became money mule avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A young man who allowed his bank account be used to receive over £10,000 that was the proceeds of criminal conduct has received a fully suspended sentence.

Gerdas Svambaris (20) was aged 18 when he agreed to store the money for payment. He was unable to withdraw any of the money as his account was frozen following the lodgement.

Svambaris, of Esker Meadows Lawn, Lucan, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct at AIB, Main Street Lucan, on April 24, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Melanie Greally said this was yet another ….read more

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