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Dwyer's lawyers tell appeal that phone data retention is 'opportunistic form of mass surveillance'

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Graham Dwyer. Photo: Collins)

Lawyers for Graham Dwyer, who murdered vulnerable care worker Elaine O’Hara for his sexual gratification, have argued that the retention of mobile phone data is an “opportunistic form of mass surveillance” that transforms phones into tracking devices that can reveal a detailed picture of every aspect of a person’s life.

Remy Farrell SC, for Dwyer, told the three-judge Court of Appeal that mobile phone data should not have been admitted as evidence in his client’s trial as the retention of that data was a breach of his rights under the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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Wife of Kinahan Cartel lieutenant to be jailed after court finds suspended sentence was too lenient

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Deirdre Brady. Photo: Collins)

Deirdre Brady, who is married to a senior Kinahan Cartel member known as ‘Mr Nobody’, is to be jailed after the Court of Appeal found today that her original suspended sentence for helping to launder almost €800K in crime cash was too lenient.

Mother of three Brady (55), of The Bailey, Castlefarm, Naas, Co Kildare, was given a three-year wholly suspended sentence after pleading guilty to two offences contrary to Section 7 of Criminal Justice Act at the Special Criminal Court in July of last year.

Brady went on trial at the three-judge court alongside her husband Declan ….read more

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Christina Anderson pleads not guilty to murdering dad of seven by reason of insanity

Central Criminal Court

A 39-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering a father of seven nearly three years ago by reason of insanity.

Mother-of-three Christina Anderson of Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Gareth Kelly (39), who died from stab wounds following an incident at the estate on the morning of February 25, 2020.

Wearing a black and yellow dress, Ms Anderson was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

When the registrar read the single count on the indictment to the accused and asked her how she was pleading, she replied: “Not guilty by reason of insanity”.

A jury ….read more


Ex-RTE journalist fails in bid to overturn sex assault conviction

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Mícheál Ó Leidhin. Photo: Collins)

A former RTÉ journalist who was jailed for 15 months for sexually assaulting a woman while she slept has lost his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Mícheál Ó Leidhin (38) was a political reporter for Raidió na Gaeltachta and was found guilty by a jury in July for the sexual assault of the woman that happened at his former home.

At the Court of Appeal today, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said that consent could not be implied when a person is asleep and that everyone has the right to feel safe while they sleep.

Ms Justice Donnelly ….read more

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Yousef Palani gets date for trial on double murder charges

Central Criminal Court

A 22-year-old man charged with murdering two men and attempting to murder another one in Sligo will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in November next year.

Yousef Palani of Markievicz Heights in Sligo is charged with the murder of Aidan Moffitt at Carton Heights in Sligo on April 10 this year.

Mr Palani is also charged with murdering Michael Snee at City View, Connaughton Road, in the town two days later on April 12.

He is further charged with attempting to murder another man at Cleveragh Road in Sligo on April 9 last.

Today Mr Justice Paul McDermott fixed a date ….read more

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Pair threatened to shoot man, burn house down over delayed Canada Goose jackets

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An uncle and nephew threatened to shoot a man and burn his house down after a delay in the delivery of Canada Goose jackets for which they had paid deposits, a court has heard.

Aaron Cunningham (20) of Cruise Park Drive, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 pleaded guilty to four counts of threatening to kill or cause harm and threatening to damage property on dates between February 1 and 7, 2021.

His uncle John Cunningham (38) of Drumheath Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, admitted to five counts of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the same man on dates between January 7 ….read more

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