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'Vile' garda who 'made life hell' for terminally ill partner through coercive control is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Paul Moody. Photo: Collins)

By Sonya McLean

A serving garda who “made life hell” for his terminally-ill partner during a four-year campaign of harassment, threats, assaults and coercive control has been jailed for three years and three months.

Sentencing Paul Moody (42) at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Martin Nolan said that Moody carried out a catalogue of vile and humiliating criminal misbehaviour towards the 43-year-old victim.

In her victim impact statement, given in court on Monday, the woman told the court that Moody, who she met online in 2017, once told her the only reason he had visited her while in ….read more


No detention for teen who caused girl to get trapped underneath Dart in assault 'viewed 100 million times'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A teenager who pushed his bike at a teenage girl on a Dart station platform, causing her to fall off headfirst and become briefly trapped beside a train in a notorious incident, will not face any detention.

A video of the April 2021 incident at Howth Junction Dart station, which was leaked online, went on to be viewed 100 million times worldwide, the victim in the case told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today in her victim impact statement.

Considering whether the boy deliberately meant for the girl to fall off the platform, Judge Martin Nolan said today that he did not ….read more

Tracey Tully

Mum of murdered champ has raised arguable claim on victims rights, High Court finds

High Court

(Pictured: Ms Tracey Tully. Photo: Collins)

The High Court has allowed the mother of murdered champion boxer Kevin Sheehy to bring a challenge aimed at preventing her son’s killer from being transferred from an Irish prison to one in the UK.

Tracey Tully argues that the decision by the Minister for Justice to allow the transfer amounts to a breach of her rights as a victim of crime. She also claims that the State is abdicating its responsibility on the parole status of life sentence prisoners by allowing transfers to UK prisons.

Ms Tully, whose 20-year-old son was killed at ….read more


Former RTE Journalist jailed for sex assault

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mícheál Ó Leidhin. Photo: Collins)

A former RTÉ journalist who sexually assaulted a woman while she was sleeping has been jailed for 15 months.

Mícheál Ó Leidhin (38) of Sunnyside, Malahide Road, Artane was convicted last April of sexual assault at his former home in south Dublin in the early hours of the morning of May 13, 2018.

Ó Leidhin, a native of Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry, had denied the offence but his lawyers told a sentence hearing earlier this month at the Central Criminal Court that he now accepts the verdict of the jury.

Sentencing him today, Ms Justice Karen O’Connor agreed with ….read more


Scottish footballers in ‘appalling’ attack in Dublin

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Pictured: Liam Callaghan & Craig Johnston. Photo: Collins)

By Eimear Dodd
Two semi-professional footballers from Scotland who carried out an “appalling assault” during a night out in Dublin will be sentenced early next year.
Liam Callaghan (27) and Craig Johnston (27) both pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and obstruction in Dublin City Centre on December 8, 2019.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the defendants, who are both semi-professional footballers with Scottish club Montrose FC, attacked the victim following an altercation at a night club.
Both defendants have addresses in Fyfe, Scotland. They are cousins and each have one previous conviction from Scotland.
Judge Orla ….read more

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Family left devasated after dad died in one punch assault

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

The family of a man who died after he was punched in the face once outside a hotel have been left “devastated” and their lives have been “changed forever”, a court has heard.

Vincent Kelly (45) died from serious head injuries after he was punched once by Paul O’Carroll (47) outside the Royal Hotel, Bray, Co Wicklow, in the early hours of June 9, 2018.

O’Carroll of St Peter’s Place, Bray was found guilty of the unlawful killing of Mr Kelly following a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court earlier this year.

At the sentencing hearing today, Mr Kelly’s sister Andrea ….read more

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