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Cyril McGuinness was 'like a crazy bastard', Lunney accused told gardai

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Cyril McGuinness. Photo: Collins)

Cyril McGuinness, who allegedly organised the abduction of businessman Kevin Lunney, was “like a big crazy bastard” and was “not a good yoke”, one of the men accused of the abduction told gardai.

Luke O’Reilly also told gardai he was “actually shocked” to discover that Mr Lunney had been held in a trailer on his land.

The Special Criminal Court trial of four men accused of Mr Lunney’s abduction and assault today heard that Luke O’Reilly (67) was interviewed by gardai over several days after being arrested in November 2019.

Mr O’Reilly told gardai the only reason he was ….read more

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'Extraordinary' if sex abuse happened under 'constant scrutiny' of State services, defence say

Central Criminal Court

A defence barrister has told a jury that it would be “extraordinary” if the sexual abuse alleged by three children against members of their family took place because of “the constant scrutiny” of State agencies.

Dean Kelly SC, defending the children’s mother, told the jury in his closing speech at the Central Criminal Court trial, that the abuse as alleged occurred while the family were under the care of a level of professional involvement which had been described in the trial as “tremendous and monumental” and that the parents were under “intense and constant scrutiny”.

Counsel told the jury it was almost ….read more

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Man who twice attacked neighbour's home and tried to escape by swimming to Tyrone has jail sentence doubled

Court of Appeal

A Donegal man who twice rammed his neighbour’s home with his car, broke her jaw and tried to escape gardaí by swimming to Tyrone has had his jail sentence doubled by the Court of Appeal.

Leon Kelly had been sentenced to two-and-a-half years with 12 months suspended for criminal damage and assault causing harm to Ann Mitchell (62) in November of last year by Letterkenny Circuit Court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had submitted to the Court of Appeal that an 18-month jail sentence was unduly lenient in the case.

The court heard that Kelly caused €13,000 worth of damage after ramming his ….read more

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18 callers to drug defendant's home during garda search

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean & Brion Hoban

A man with previous drugs convictions who had 18 callers to his home looking to buy cocaine while gardaí were searching his house has received a fully suspended sentence.

Robert Lawless (42) was in the home he shared with his mother and brother when gardaí arrived with a warrant to search it. Officers discovered 65 separate deals of cocaine during the search and two separate amounts of cash of €605 and €105 were also found.

Lawless took responsibility for the drugs. The court heard 18 people called to the house while the gardaí were there looking to ….read more


'Front man' took part in invoice redirection scam by 'international criminal organisation'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An Italian national who opened bank accounts into which fraudulently obtained funds were transferred in connection with an “international criminal organisation” has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Giuseppe Diviccaro (46) accepted he opened seven bank accounts with seven separate banks into which fraudulently obtained funds were transferred and then moved out “very quickly”.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that while most of the accounts were opened using a legitimate Italian ID card, Diviccaro used the same fraudulent utility bill also being used by a large number of other persons of interest.

The court heard that over €200,000 was transferred into these accounts, with ….read more

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Sheriff challenges mandatory retirement age

High Court

A County Monaghan Sherrif has brought a High Court challenge aimed at setting aside the Minister for Justice’s decision that he must retire when he turns 70 years of age next May.

Castleblayney-based Mr Seamus Mallon, who is a qualified solicitor, was appointed Sheriff under the 1945 Courts Officers Act in 1987.

The Act also stipulates that Sheriffs must retire from office once they reach 70 years of age.

Mr Mallon is a member of the Sheriffs Association, which last year made a formal submission to the Minister for Justice seeking to have the 1945 Act amended to extend the mandatory retirement age ….read more

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