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Serial robber (55) is further sentenced for armed bank raid

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke & Fiachra Gallagher

A serial offender has been jailed for a further seven years for the armed robbery of a Dublin bank four years ago.

Dermot O’Callaghan (55), with an address at Seagull House flats in Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty under Section 27B of the Firearms Act to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to rob Ulster Bank in Stillorgan, on September 26, 2017.

O’Callaghan is already serving an eight-year sentence for robbery and carrying firearms, which is due to run until 2024. He has 22 previous convictions, including those for armed robbery, burglary, firearms possession, and ….read more


Amateur boxer stole over €100k in cigarettes from employer

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Fiachra Gallagher

An amateur heavyweight boxer who stole over €100,000 worth of cigarettes after becoming “obsessed with living a high life” has received a fully suspended sentence.

Several letters of support were handed up to the court for Samuel Ilesanmi (22), including one written by Kellie Harrington, champion amateur boxer and Ireland’s flag-bearer at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Ilesanmi, of Deerpark Aveunue, Kiltipper, Tallaght, Dublin 24, pleaded guilty to several counts of theft at Centra, Castletymon Shopping Centre, Dublin 24, on dates ranging from September 29, 2019, to August 2020. He has no previous convictions.

At a sentencing hearing yesterday, Garda David ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man who abused and filmed step-daughter with spy camera has jail sentence reduced

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man who sexually abused his step-daughter and secretly recorded her undressing in a bathroom has had his jail sentence reduced by six months.

The 51-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had appealed the severity of a six-year jail sentence imposed by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July 2020.

The appellant had pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of his step-daughter when aged 11 at his then address on an unknown date between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography on a date between November 12, 2015 ….read more

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Rough sleeper raped intoxicated woman (20) who lay down to sleep in park

Central Criminal Court

A Cork man who raped a woman in a public park after she lay there to sleep having become separated from her friends on a night out has been jailed for five and a half years.

Dermot O’Connor (49) was sleeping rough in the park that night, when the 20-year-old victim, who was clearly intoxicated, came in and found a secluded place to sleep. He first sexually assaulted the woman while she was sleeping and left, but returned again to rape her.

O’Connor of St John Terrace, World’s End, Kinsale, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape at the park ….read more

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Man imprisoned, attacked teen with dumbbell during four-day 'reign of terror'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Sonya McLean

A man who assisted in imprisoning and assaulting a teenager during a four day “reign of terror” in County Cavan house has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

The man (23) assaulted the victim with a wrench and a dumbbell during the incident, while his twin sister (23) carved the numbers 666 into the victim’s forehead.

The main male accused (27) subjected the victim to the ordeal after forming the “irrational” view that the victim had “ratted” on him, based on the fact that the victim was not served a charge sheet upon his release from custody after ….read more

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Munster abuse trial jury to resume deliberations next week

Central Criminal Court

The jury in the nine-week long trial of extended family members accused of child abuse has been sent home for the bank holiday weekend and will resume their deliberations on Tuesday.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott sent the jury home just after lunch-time today after one of the jurors was taken ill. He said he would hopefully see them all again after the long weekend.

The jury has been deliberating since Thursday morning. They have been told there is no restriction on time and to return their verdicts based on the evidence before them.

The five family members, who cannot be named for legal ….read more

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