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"Naive mule" smuggled cocaine in vagina

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A young mother who imported more than 1.5 kilos of cocaine into the country inside her body has been jailed for two and a half years.

Hyonaru Moreno, from Brazil, was a “naive mule” who read a prepared statement to customs officers about her planned stay in Ireland upon her arrival at Dublin airport earlier this year, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Her suspicious behaviour at the airport led to gardaí being called. She then spent the next two days in Beaumont Hospital where she passed packages containing €37,000 worth of cocaine. Some drugs were also retrieved from her vagina, the ….read more

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Man pleads guilty to helping criminals murder David Douglas

Special Criminal Court

A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to helping facilitate the murder of David Douglas.

Mr Douglas (55) was shot six times as he took a meal break at the counter in his partner’s shop, Shoestown, on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8 on July 1, 2016.

Last year, Gareth Brophy was charged with the murder of Mr Douglas at Dublin District Court, and in January of this year he was returned for trial at the Special Criminal Court.

This trial was scheduled to begin on January 13th, 2020.

However, this afternoon Brophy, with an address at Reuben Walk, Dublin 8, appeared ….read more

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"Desperate" courier gets 6.5 years for moving €1.5m in cannabis

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A courier who built up a €50,000 tax debt has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for his involvement in a €1.5 million drug dealing operation.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that John Fortune (43) agreed to drive a van which was loaded with nearly 80 kilos of cannabis from Carlow to Rathcoole in west Dublin.

Fortune has no previous convictions, comes from a good family, has a very good history of employment and has worked since the age of 15, Caroline Biggs SC, defending, told the court.

She said her client was in desperate financial straits in the run up to last Christmas. ….read more

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Man claimed computer downloaded child pornography

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was caught with child pornography videos on a hard drive six years ago has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Juan Sanchez (38) told gardaí he had set his computer to download “ordinary pornography” overnight, but the child abuse material was automatically downloaded instead.

Gardaí discovered the five videos in a folder entitled “Saved” on a hard drive seized from Sanchez’s home in April 2013, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Sanchez, with an address at Belvedere Road, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography at his then home address at Richmond Road, Dublin 8. He has ….read more

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Psychiatrist "man enough" to say he made a mistake, defence tell murder trial jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Barry White SC. Credit: Collins)

A psychiatrist has been “man enough” to say he made a mistake as to a murder accused’s mental disorder after being persuaded by reports from other psychiatric experts in the field, a defence barrister has told a jury.

Dr Damian Mohan, a consultant psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), told the court yesterday that he is now in agreement with other experts that the accused was suffering from a mental disorder at the time.

The witness said he now has the benefit of three admissions of the accused to the facility ….read more

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Stabbing victim's sister asks why "mentally unstable foreign national" was allowed to be in Dundalk

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mohamed Morei. Credit: Collins)

An asylum seeker who claimed to be fighting for Isis when he stabbed a Japanese man to death on a public street has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Following the verdict, the deceased’s older sister Shiori Sasaki in a written statement said she cannot understand “why a mentally unstable foreign national, whose origin was unknown, was allowed to be in the town.”

She said the killer Mohamed Morei (21) had his rights protected but her brother Yosuke Sasaki was deprived of his human rights. “It is truly infuriating and will forever be ….read more

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