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Jury convicts garda who struck RTE cameraman in groin

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Declan Brennan

A garda who struck an RTÉ cameraman in the groin with a baton during street protests has been convicted of assault by a jury.

Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism protesters” and gardaí, who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre on February 6, 2016 and to damaging his camera.

Mr Lucey, ….read more

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Essex migrant deaths: court hears of voice recordings on mobile phones

High Court

Recordings found on mobile phones belonging to the migrants found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Essex in October suggest “at least some” of them may have been alive after entering UK territorial waters, the High Court in Dublin has been told.

British authorities are seeking the surrender of Eamon Harrison (23) from Mayobridge, Co Down, to face 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and conspiracy to commit human trafficking under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.

It is alleged that Mr Harrison had a role in transporting the trailer in which the bodies of eight women and 31 ….read more

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Senior Ryanair exec says he was "left with no doubts" that O'Leary wanted him out

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Bellew. Credit: Collins)

Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew has told the High Court that he “was shocked and devastated” and was left with no doubts that Michael O’Leary wanted him out of the company following a meeting with the airline’s boss last March.

Mr Bellew said the meeting with Mr O’Leary occurred on March 22nd last, where they discussed his annual review and performance as COO for the previous 12 months.

He said that Mr O’Leary had raised serious issues with and was critical of his performance as COO, which Mr Bellew said he disagreed with, and the Ryanair ….read more

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Man (21) denies attacking and robbing transgender escort

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Sonya McLean and Michelle O’Keeffe

A man has gone on trial charged with assaulting and robbing a transgender escort after an alleged dispute over payment.

Ben O’Reilly (21) of The Old Mill, Ratoath, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Fernanda de Freitas causing her harm and robbing her of cash and her iPhone at her home on May 20, 2017.

The court heard that the complainant is a transgender woman who was working as a sex worker at the time.

Ms de Freitas told the jury, with the assistance of an interpreter, that she had first ….read more

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Eight months for hit-and-run driver who caused death of teen (13)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lee Henry’s family; Paul Henry with wife Lorraine and supporters as they left court today. Credit: Collins)

A driver who caused the death of a teenage boy in a fatal hit and run has been jailed for eight months.

Lee Henry (13) and a group of his friends were running across a road when he was struck by a black VW Golf driven by Dean Shelley (29). Investigations later determined that the car was driving up to approximately 80km/h in a 60km/h zone.

The investigator concluded that it would be very hard to see anyone running from the side due to hedging ….read more

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Psychiatrist now agrees that man jailed for 16 years for murder had mental disorder

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dr Damian Mohan. Credit: Collins)

A psychiatrist who gave evidence at a 2003 trial that a man, who subsequently spent 16 years in jail for the murder of his infant son, was not suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, has told his retrial that he is now in agreement with other experts that the man was suffering from a mental disorder at the time, a jury has heard.

Dr Damian Mohan, a consultant psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), also told the court that he now has the benefit of three admissions of the accused to the facility following his murder ….read more

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