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Fatal collision accused gave false name at hosptial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Michael Jones. Credit: Collins)

By Brion Hoban

A man accused of causing a fatal two car collision gave a false name while being admitted to hospital after the incident and said he had injured his leg in a fall, a jury has heard.

It is alleged that Michael Jones (25) was driving an Audi A3 which broke a red light at speed before crashing into the side of a Mitsubishi Colt driven by Hong Qing Qu. The collision happened around 1am on November 17, 2015 at the top of a slip road close to Blanchardstown shopping centre in west Dublin.

Mr Jones, ….read more

Four Courts building

Cryptocurrency case "broke new legal ground"

High Court

The High Court has ruled that cryptocurrency held by a man serving a prison sentence for drugs offences is the proceeds of crime.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart made orders sought by the Criminal Assets Bureau in respect of 2000 units of a currency, known as Ether or Ethereum, that is worth approximately €25,000 and was found in a cryptocurrency wallet belonging to Neil Mannion.

He opposed CAB’s application on the grounds that his rights had been breached arising out of CAB’s investigation into his holding of this cryptocurrency.

Those arguments were dismissed by the judge.

Mannion is currently serving a six-and-a-half ….read more

CCJ inside court

Housemate stabbed "over domestic matters", court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Lithuanian man stabbed his housemate in the torso, neck and ear during a physical altercation over domestic matters, a court has heard.

Garda Rob Nolan said he was on duty when neighbours alerted him to a dispute between Arturas Bulksas (55) and his then housemate.

Bulksas, of Burnside, Magenta Crescent, Santry, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the man causing him harm at his address on December 23, 2017. He has no previous convictions.

Gda Nolan told Joseph Barnes BL, prosecuting, that Bulksas got a kitchen knife during the altercation and stabbed his housemate in the torso, neck ….read more

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Jury deliberating in trial of garda driver over pedestrian's death

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Warren Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a serving garda charged with dangerous driving causing the death of an elderly pedestrian four years ago.

Warren Farrell (35), a garda serving in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, was on duty as the driver of a marked patrol car that was responding to a panic button call at a Topaz garage, when the car struck Elizabeth Core.

Garda Farrell has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of the 75-year-old at Fonthill Road South, Dublin, on August 28, 2014.

This afternoon Judge Cormac Quinn told the jury that ….read more


Apartment linked to brothel keeper deemed proceeds of crime

High Court

The High Court has ruled that a Limerick apartment linked to a convicted brothel keeper and her son was acquired with the proceeds of crime.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart made the orders in favour of the Criminal Assets Bureau concerning the property in proceedings against Brazilian-born Aulicete Walsh and her son Maicon Morelli.

Mr Morelli is the apartment’s registered owner.

The exact location of the apartment cannot be identified for legal reasons.

In her judgement on Monday, Ms Justice Stewart said she had “no hesitation” in finding that property was acquired with the proceeds of crime.

The judge said that Mrs Walsh ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Protection to not testify against spouse should extend beyond 1992 definition, lawyers say

Court of Appeal

The protection to not testify against one’s spouse should extend beyond society’s 1992 definition of the “nuclear family”, lawyers have told the Court of Appeal.

The case concerns a Circuit Court ruling on whether two women could be compelled to give evidence against their partners, with whom they were in ongoing relationships but were not married at the time.

Both men had been charged with a single count each of attempting to pervert the course of justice in 2012. The effective evidence against them, as alleged, was to be found in statements made by their partners, which were sought to ….read more

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