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Detective tells trial he “immediately recognised” gunman in drag as Hutch

Special Criminal Court

A detective who looked at a photo that had been taken outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin on the day of a fatal shooting there “immediately recognised” a man dressed as a woman and holding a gun as Patrick Hutch, the Special Criminal Court has heard this morning.

The shooting had happened, the court has previously heard, during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel, when a man dressed as a woman and another wearing a flat cap, armed with handguns, followed by three people dressed in tactical-style garda uniforms and carrying assault rifles, raided the venue.

Mr Hutch (25) of Champions ….read more

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Crowd outside Regency Hotel “extremely hostile”, garda tells Hutch trial

Special Criminal Court

A crowd outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin was “extremely hostile” and offered no information to a garda who had arrived on the scene after a fatal shooting there, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The shooting had happened, the court has previously heard, during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel, when a man dressed as a woman and another wearing a flat cap, armed with handguns, followed by three people dressed in tactical-style garda uniforms and carrying assault rifles, raided the venue.

CCTV footage has been played to the court of two of the men in fake garda uniforms shooting ….read more

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Jury discharged in child minder’s third trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Sandra Higgins. Credit: Collins)

A judge has discharged the jury in the second retrial of a Cavan child-minder accused of causing serious harm to a baby, because of a legal issue.

Sandra Higgins (36), of The Beeches, Drumgola Wood, Cavan town, Co Cavan denies a charge of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the baby at her home on March 28 2012.

On Monday morning, Judge Cormac Quinn empaneled a jury to hear the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. It was scheduled to last two weeks.

On Monday afternoon a legal issue arose before the trial opened in evidence. Judge ….read more

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Special Criminal Court trial adjourned due to bad weather

Special Criminal Court

A trial at the Special Criminal Court was delayed today as three of the accused were trapped in Belfast by bad weather.

Kevin Hannaway (69) of Collin Mill, Belfast is charged with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, namely with Sean Hannaway, assisting in interviewing persons involved in IRA organised criminal activities, said interviews being directly or indirectly in the furtherance of an unlawful object, at Riverwood Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15 on August 7th and 8th, 2015.

His co-accused Eva Shannon (60) of Oakman Street, Belfast is charged ….read more

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No extra jail time for serial burglar who broke in to home of judge’s widow

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Martin O’Brien. Credit: Collins)

An “experienced burglar” who broke into the home of a High Court judge’s widow, while serving a suspended sentence for another burglary, has been spared extra jail time despite an appeal by prosecutors.

Martin O’Brien (31), from Coolevin, Balybrack, Co Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at the home of Mrs Marian Shanley, widow of the late High Court judge Mr Justice Peter Shanley, at Marlborugh Road, Glenageary on August 31, 2016.

O’Brien had been given a four year suspended sentence by Judge Mary Ellen Ring for the burglary of an 85-year-old-man’s home ….read more

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Three new jurors sworn in for Drumm trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr David Drumm. Credit: Collins)

Three new jurors have been sworn in for the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm after three of the jurors from Monday had difficulties serving.

Mr Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with former bank officials Denis Casey, William McAteer, John Bowe and others to defraud depositors and investors at Anglo by “dishonestly” creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2 billion larger than they were.

He has also pleaded not guilty to false accounting on December 3, 2008, by furnishing information to the ….read more

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