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Dessie OHare

Court 'wouldn't expect' early jail release for 'Border Fox' O'Hare

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Dessie O’Hare. Credit: Collins)

Former INLA terrorist Dessie O’Hare, who was known as “The Border Fox”, is unlikely to get an early release as he appeals the severity of his seven-year sentence for falsely imprisoning a family, the Court of Appeal heard today.

O’Hare was due to appeal his sentence but has been unable to consult with his legal team while in prison.

Mr Justice George Birmingham agreed to adjourn the hearing, saying there is “no particular urgency” given that O’Hare’s sentence is not due to expire soon and even if the Court of Appeal interferes with his sentence the judge ….read more

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Accused person not entitled to give version of events in custody

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a person charged with an offence is not automatically entitled to give their version of events to gardai in custody before going to trial.

The question arose out of the trial of a man at Longford Circuit Criminal Court who was charged with endangerment of pedestrians arising from driving offences committed in December 2016.

At his trial the man’s lawyers submitted that, by not interviewing their client, gardai “had complete disregard of the rules of law”. It was argued that the failure to question the man in custody was “a right that has been violated ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Attempted murder accused appear before non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

Two Dublin men who are charged with trying to murder a man in a shooting in January last year will stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Robert Redmond (32), of Woodview Close, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 and Bernard Fogarty (33), with an address at Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, Coolock Dublin 5 are both charged with the attempted murder of Barry Wolverson at Madigans Yard, Kileek Lane, Swords, Co Dublin on January 17, 2020.

Mr Redmond and Mr Fogarty are also charged with assault causing harm to Gerard Wildman at Madigans Yard, Kileek Lane, Swords, Co Dublin on the same date.

The ….read more

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No jail for cowardly knife attack on transgender escort

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Liam Vickers. Credit: Collins)

A man who carried out a “cowardly” knife attack on a transgender escort and demanded that she provide him with free sex has received a fully suspended sentence.

Liam Vickers (23) also threatened the victim’s roommate when they attempted to intervene. He instructed the victim to delete his phone number and text messages from her phone before he left her home.

The court heard that Vicker’s father pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering his mother in 2009.

Vickers, of Swifts Grove, Clonshaugh, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm in an ….read more


Examiner 'confident' Norwegian can survive

High Court

The High Court has formally extended the period of protection granted to Norwegian Air and three related subsidiaries from its creditors to the maximum of 100 days.

In a report furnished to the court on Friday, the examiner Mr Kieran Wallace of KPMG said he “remains confident” that the airline can survive as a going concern if certain steps are taken.

The order extending the period of protection was granted by Mr Justice Michael Quinn, who fixed February 25th next for the hearing of any application by the examiner to formally approve a scheme of arrangement that would see the airline survive ….read more

Finbarr Murphy

10.5 years in jail for first man to be convicted of coercive control by jury

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy speaking outside court. Collins)

A woman’s violent and abusive partner who became the first man to be convicted of coercive control by a jury has been jailed for ten-and-a-half years.

During a 20-month relationship, Daniel Kane (52) repeatedly attacked the woman, including by burning her foot, cutting her with a pizza slicer, head-butting her in the face while she was recovering from nasal surgery and stamping on her arm, causing her multiple fractures.

On another occasion he stamped on her head and strangled her, leaving finger marks along her throat. After being charged with these attacks Kane threatened ….read more

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