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“Grossly reprehensible behaviour”: Drumm jailed for 6 years over €7.2bn bank fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm has been jailed for six years for his role in a “premeditated and planned” multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme in 2008.

Earlier this month, a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on charges of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting, after just over ten and a half hours of deliberations.

Today, Judge Karen O’Connor described Drumm as “the driving force” in Anglo and said he had engaged in “grossly reprehensible behaviour” while in a position of trust.

“This court is not sentencing Mr Drumm for causing the financial crisis. Nor is ….read more

Micahel Lowry

Judge directs not guilty verdict on Lowry tax charge

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Michael Lowry TD. Credit: Collins)

A judge has directed that Independent TD Michael Lowry be found not guilty on a charge of delivering an incorrect income tax return for 2002.

Eight charges in relation to Mr Lowry’s company Garuda Ltd, filing corporation tax for 2002 and 2006 remain before the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Martin Nolan told the jury of three women and eight men that the first count on the indictment against Mr Lower has been withdrawn.

He agreed with Michael O’Higgins SC, defending Mr Lowry, that following legal submissions his team applied for “a direction of not guilty” ….read more

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Lowry asked political secretary to oversee £250k payment, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Michael Lowry TD. Credit: Collins)

Michael Lowry’s political secretary has told a jury that in August 2002, the politician asked her to oversee a payment of Stg£250,000 to an individual for money owed on a property deal.

Aileen Dempsey told Michael O’Higgins SC, defending Mr Lowry, that she was an employee of the Independent TD for 30 years as his secretarial assistant and was paid by the Oireachtas. She worked out of his company office, Garuda Ltd, who traded as Streamline Enterprises.

She said Mr Lowry was on extended leave in August 2002 when she got a phone call from Kevin Phelan ….read more

Jason Bradley

“I’m ready to go now. I have to go”: witness tells of giving Neil Reilly the Act of Contrition after he was repeatedly run over

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Jason Bradley. Credit: Collins)

A murder trial witness has revealed that she gave the deceased the Act of Contrition and heard him say: “I’m sorry. I’m ready to go now. I have to go.”

Danielle Cusack said she was awoken in the early hours by a bang and looked outside where she saw the deceased staggering down the road before being repeatedly run over by a car.

Two or three men then attacked him, kicking, striking and “dragging out of him”. She then saw two of them pick him up and hold him while the car screeched and reversed ….read more

Paula Farrell

Woman serving life for murder has conviction quashed on appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A woman serving life for murder has had her conviction quashed, after the Court of Appeal found her jury should have been allowed consider whether she had been provoked by her late partner before killing him.

Paula Farrell (44), with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Wayne McQuillan (30) at her home on January 1, 2014.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Farrell and Mr McQuillan, known as “Quilly”, who was ten years her junior and lived with his parents, had been in a relationship for ….read more

Brendan Smith

Price fixing carpet boss has fine increased six-fold by appeal court

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Brendan Smith. Credit: Collins)

A former company director caught operating a price fixing scam in the carpet business has had his €7,500 fine increased to €45,000, after the Court of Appeal found the original penalty too lenient.

Brendan Smith (40), of Greenane, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, and the company he worked for at the time, Aston Carpets and Flooring, had pleaded guilty to engaging in and implementing an anti-competitive agreement between July 2012 and April 30, 2013, contrary to the Companies Act 2002.

The agreement involved Aston Carpets and another firm, Carpet Centre (Contracts) Ltd, attempting to fix prices for their products ….read more

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