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Stardust Memorial Park

Trial of man accused of dropping handgun at Stardust Memorial comes to close

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court will deliver a verdict next month in the case of a man accused of dropping a loaded handgun during a chase through the Stardust Memorial.

Paul Norton (31) from Cromcastle Court, Coolock, Dublin 17, has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a handgun and ammunition at the Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock, Dublin on October 5th, 2019.

In the absence of DNA evidence, the trial has heard that the State’s case was one of recognition and it is alleged that Mr Norton, while being chased, dropped a bag which contained a loaded 9mm Beretta ….read more

Declan Duffy

'Whacker' Duffy extradited to NI to serve murder sentence

High Court

(Pictured: Declan Duffy. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge has said he hopes Declan “Whacker” Duffy will be allowed to return to Ireland to serve out a life sentence for the murder of a British army sergeant in Derby in 1992.

While ordering the former republican paramilitary’s extradition to the UK, Mr Justice Paul Burns said that he sympathises with Duffy after reading an affidavit relating to the health of one of his family members. Mr Duffy had sought to be allowed to remain in Ireland on humanitarian grounds despite a High Court decision to extradite him to the UK to finish ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Court reduces by 90% number of years man must stay away from former partner

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has reduced from 30 to three the number of years a man must stay away from the mother of his children, whom he subjected to ‘a very violent assault’ in their home.

In an attack that lasted over 30 minutes, Daniel Wildes (33) had threatened to shave his former partner’s head and broke down a bathroom door to continue the assault.

The three-judge court found that the 30-year order had impacted excessively on his rights of freedom of association with his children, to further develop his relationship with his children, and to enjoyment of a family life, ….read more

Four Courts

Former owner must leave apartment immediately, judge rules

High Court

The former owner of an apartment who allegedly threatened to set his dog on any representative of the owners who tried to gain entry must immediately vacate the property, the High Court has ruled.

Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty said Davy Platform ICAV, an asset management umbrella fund established to provide social housing to local authorities, was entitled to an injunction against Gerard O’Sullivan, who is former owner of the apartment located at Rosebank Place, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

The judge also made orders against Ms Fiona O’Brien, who is a niece of Mr O’Sullivan. It was claimed that she had been ….read more

Mary Rose Gearty

Judge quotes Neil Diamond as Reads gets injunction over shop access

High Court

(Pictured: Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty. Credit: Collins)

The owner of the printing business Reads has secured a High Court injunction preserving what it says is the main access route to its premises from Dublin’s Nassau street.

In her judgement on Monday, Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty said that O’Flaherty’s (Nassau St) Limited, which trades as Reads, was entitled to an order against Setanta Centre Unlimited Company, which is the owner of an office building on Dublin’s Nassau Street.

The judge also noted that in his opening submissions to the court, counsel for O’Flaherty’s had quoted from a case called AIB vs ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

False imprisonment accused denied bail

Special Criminal Court

A man accused of assaulting and falsely imprisoning a businessman in a Co Louth farmhouse before demanding €50,000 from him has been denied bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Anthony Finglas (49), of Havelock Place, Warrenpoint, Co Down, is accused of assault causing harm, false imprisonment, robbery and demanding money with menaces of Edward McAndrew at One Ferry Hill, Cornamucklash, Omeath, Co Louth on or about 2 December, 2017.

Two co-accused, Thomas McGuinness (33), of Chestnut Court, Johnstown, Navan, Co Meath, and William Twomey (56), also from Havelock Place have already been granted bail in the case.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, responding to ….read more

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