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Gun "cocked and ready to be fired", prosecution tells trial

Special Criminal Court

The most important factor in the case of two Limerick men accused of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life is that the gun was cocked, loaded and ready to be fired, a prosecution barrister has told the Special Criminal Court.

The three-judge court also heard that both men were “forensically aware” from the items found in their car and had taken “serious precautions” that no traces would be left on anything.

Evidence has previously been given that the two accused men were stopped by gardai in an Alfa Romeo car which was found to contain a loaded handgun, two ….read more

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Young Dublin man caught with drugs and cash avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Jessica Magee

A young man who was caught with over €20,000 in drugs and cash has avoided a jail term.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Daryl Conroy (22) was the driver of car stopped by gardai in Drumcondra, Dublin, on December 9, 2015.

Gardai became suspicious and carried out a search during which they found a Tesco bag with cannabis herb and resin, cocaine, eight mobile phones and four SIM cards.

They also found a digital weighing scales and bagging in a Dunnes Stores bag.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, told Judge Martin Nolan that the total estimated market value of ….read more

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Neighbours of widow (91) agree to remove barrier

High Court

Neighbours of a 91-year-old widow have agreed before the High Court to remove a cement barrier which she claimed prevented her from leaving her south Dublin home.

Patricia Rochford, who claimed she was unable to leave her home on Adelaide Road, got a temporary High Court injunction last week requiring the owners of the nearby property – Mr Morgan Crowe, Ms Brid Large and Ms Mary Irving – to remove the obstruction.

At the High Court on Tuesday, a lawyer for one of the defendants said his client was prepared to take down the barrier, located on a laneway ….read more

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No jail for sulky driver who attacked garda

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who attacked an off duty garda after he honked his horn at the man and his horse has received a fully suspended sentence.

Derek Heavey (32) of Moeran Road, Walkinstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and criminal damage at Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, on May 23, 2018.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Heavey to two years imprisonment, but suspended the entirety of the sentence on condition he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years.

Detective Sergeant Dara Kelly told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question Garda Stephen Monaghan ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Prison sentence upheld for man who stole from widow's pension to gamble

Court of Appeal

A man jailed for stealing over €19,000 from a widow’s pension has lost an appeal against the severity of his two-year jail term.

William Butler (52) told gardaí that temptation had gotten the better of him after the victim, a family friend, had allowed him stay at her home when he was in need.

He admitted obtaining her banking details and stealing €19,380 out of her late husband’s pension fund over three months, to spend on gambling. None of the money has been repaid.

Butler, of Ballinakill Road, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five sample charges ….read more

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Jail for man who tried to sell stolen jet ski to gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who had arranged to sell a stolen jet ski to an undercover garda has been sentenced to two and half years in prison for handling stolen vehicles.

Gardaí had arranged to buy a stolen jet ski listed for sale on Adverts.ie in order to investigate a series of car thefts, when Denis Kaczor Niecko (30) arrived to sell it.

When Niecko realised that it was a garda who had come to buy the jet ski, he fled the scene in a van but crashed 200 metres up the road.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to handling a stolen ….read more

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