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Tinder sex attacker must await appeal fate

Court of Appeal

A man jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a woman he met on internet dating app Tinder will wait to hear if the Court of Appeal will reduce his sentence.

Paul Flaherty (30) was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court last December of sexually assaulting a woman at his home on Kiltipper Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin on August 31, 2015.

The incident took place while Flaherty’s parents were in the next-door bedroom. Flaherty and his victim met for drinks earlier that day after exchanging messages on Tinder.

Appealing the five-year sentence, Michael O’Higgins SC told the three-judge court ….read more

Christopher Gannon

Jail for dad-of-five who twice attacked former partner at children's hospital

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Christopher Gannon. Credit: Collins)

A father-of-five who twice attacked his former partner while she was in a children’s hospital with their son has been jailed for 18 months.

Christopher Gannon (36) of Ballyfermot Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, on October 6, 2018.

While passing sentence today, Justice Patricia Ryan said there were other ways of dealing with concerns about the safety of children and noted that there were numerous punches during the attack.

Ms Justice Ryan said the case was aggravated by the serious injuries sustained by the ….read more

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"Whistleblower" withdraws Nóirín O'Sullivan allegation


By Paul Neilan

A Garda whistleblower has withdrawn an allegation that colleagues were told to “alienate” him after a telephone call between former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and a superintendent, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

The tribunal is hearing from Garda Nicholas Keogh, who alleges that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit, identified to the tribunal as Garda A, was in an improper relationship with a heroin dealer, identified as Ms B.

The tribunal, chaired by Judge Sean Ryan, is investigating how Gda Keogh was treated after he made his 2014 protected disclosure.

In his statement to the tribunal, Gda Keogh said ….read more

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Younger brother suffered decade of abuse and rape

Central Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for eight years for the repeated sexual abuse and rape of his younger brother.

Over the course of a decade John Murphy abused his brother, who was aged between ten and 20 years old. The abuse took place in the family home in a town in Cork between 1988 and 1997.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the victim, now aged in his 40s, wished to waive his anonymity so that his abuser could be identified.

Murphy (45) formerly of Waterfall, Co Cork pleaded guilty last April to twelve sample counts including three of oral rape.

Today Mr Justice ….read more

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Suspended sentences over €147k drugs operation "too lenient", DPP says

Court of Appeal

by Gerard Cunningham

The fully suspended sentences handed down to two men who acted as “drug mules” in a €147k drug operation were too lenient, the DPP has told the Court of Appeal.

Paul Goddard (58), of Cloonlara Road, Finglas and Derek Naylor (47) of Dunmanus Road, Cabra West, Dublin, received four-year suspended sentences from Judge Karen O’Connor in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in January 2018.

The two men pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin valued at €147,498 at Clearwater Shopping Centre car park, Finglas on August 24, 2016. Goddard also admitted possession of amphetamine and cannabis at his home ….read more

Mr Justice Michael White

Jail for man who "cruelly" sexually exploited child when he was teen

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

A man who was 16 when he told a teenage girl he would send around photos of her in a sexual act if she didn’t “give a blowjob” to another boy has been jailed for four years.

The defendant, now aged 20, had previously forced the child to perform oral sex on him while other youths recorded the act on their mobile phones.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child at a place in Dublin on August 21 and August 25, 2015.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Michael White said he ….read more

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