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Accountant has conviction for attacking wife overturned

Court of Appeal

An accountant who was convicted of assaulting his wife by punching, kicking and stabbing her, has won an appeal against his conviction.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham described some aspects of Sidney Sutton’s defence as “implausible” and said Mr Sutton had submitted documents to the court that were “scandalous, scurrilous and outrageous” and would not be considered.

He added, however, that there was one significant ground of appeal made out by one of Mr Sutton’s previous legal teams that the court would consider.

Mr Sutton (43) of Brindley Park Square, Ashbourne, Co Meath, was convicted at ….read more

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Teenage boy (15) convicted of defiling girl (14)

Central Criminal Court

A teenager who was convicted by a jury of defiling a 14-year-old girl has been ordered to undergo two years of supervision by the Probation Service.

The boy, who is now aged 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, was 15 when he began a relationship with the then 14-year-old victim during which sexual intercourse took place.

The accused had pleaded not guilty to two counts of defilement of a child under the age of 15 at a location in Co Meath on unknown dates between April 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Following a trial in the Central Criminal Court which ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Convicted killer and son successfully appeal sentences

Court of Appeal

A convicted killer and his son have successfully appealed their sentences for attacking another man and his son with a hammer and golf club while demanding payment of a €50 debt.

Robert Devine (44) and his son Lee Kelly (21), both of Brook Crescent, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty in 2019 to burglary and assault at the home of PJ and Brian O’Reilly on December 17, 2017.

Judge Patrick Meghan sentenced Devine to 12 years for burglary and four years for each of two counts of assault on the O’Reillys. The judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively to make a total ….read more

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Father attacked son (11) after being called to school

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Teachers had to intervene between an 11-year-old child and his father when the man started hitting the boy after he was called to the school, a court has heard.

CCTV of the incident, in which the teachers intervened as the father punched the child and hit him with his school bag in a school corridor, was played in court.

The man called the child a “scumbag” and a “waster” during the incident. The child told his teachers: “When I go home I am going to get it. I am dead.”

The man, who has a number of previous convictions, later apologised and told ….read more

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Developer challenges planning permission refusal for Dublin apartments

High Court

A developer has launched High Court proceedings aimed at overturning An Bord Pleanala’s refusal to grant planning permission to build 32 apartments in South County Dublin.

The action has been brought by LDB Developments Limited, which sought planning permission for a proposed three to six storey residential development at a site at Braemor Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14.

Last February An Bord Pleanala upheld a decision previously made by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and refused the developer’s application for planning permission.

Planning for the proposed project was refused by the board on the grounds that it was premature and there were ….read more

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Cash in the Attic: Senior Cartel lieutenant Declan Brady admits to stashing €268k

Special Criminal Court

Senior Kinahan Cartel member Declan Brady, who is known as ‘Mr Nobody’, has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to hiding over a quarter of a million euro in crime cash in the attic of a Kildare address.

Brady is already serving a 11.5-year jail term imposed by the same court in July 2019, after he admitted supervising a firearms arsenal including an assault rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition that had been stashed in a Dublin business park.

This afternoon the cartel lieutenant pleaded guilty at a brief hearing to possessing €268K that was concealed in a loft ….read more

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