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'Monster' jailed for sex assaults on grandchildren

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Fiona Ferguson

A Co Monaghan farmer has been jailed for six years for sexual assaults on his grandchildren.

The 67-year-old man, who cannot be named to preserve the anonymity of his child victims, was convicted last March of sexual assault and child exploitation six years ago.

The abuse emerged in late 2014 after one child told her mother that her grandfather had made her watch a sexually explicit film on his computer before then forcing her to masturbate him. The court heard the man would frequently have the children stay for “sleepovers” at his home.

During the ensuing investigation, gardaí ….read more

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Man who punched two sisters at hen-party avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who claimed he was defending his fiancée when he punched two sisters in the face at a hen party has received a fully suspended sentence.

Luka Tomljanovic (33) of Gardiner Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of assault causing harm at Sam’s Bar, Dawson Street, Dublin, on January 19, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Fiona Deehy told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that in the early hours of the morning on the date in question, sisters Aoife and Shauna O’Connor were attending a hen party in the city centre bar.

Det Gda Deehy ….read more

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Jailing claustrophobic Kinahan Cartel director like putting "a man with arachnophobia in a cell with spiders", court told

Special Criminal Court

Jailing a claustrophobic senior Kinahan Cartel member, who directed a sub-cell in a plot to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch, is like putting “a man with arachnophobia in a cell with spiders”, a doctor has told the Special Criminal Court.

A senior investigating officer also told the non-jury court today that the cartel’s main leadership operates in the Middle East and coordinates the organisation of its various “sub-cells”.

The non-jury court was told today that criminal gang leader Patrick Curtis suffers from excessive compulsive disorder, irrational behaviour and blesses himself around sixty times a day to compensate for negative thoughts.

During the sentence ….read more

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Man (23) admits to impeding murderer's prosecution

Central Criminal Court

A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension of a murderer in Tallaght five years ago.

Eric Shorthall, with an address at Muskerry Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

He pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Warren Nolan on May 27, 2015 at Belfry Manor, Tallaght, Dublin 24, knowing or believing him to be guilty of the murder of Alan O’Neill.

Keith Spencer BL, for Shorthall, said his client was 18 years of age at the time of the offence and asked the court to consider ordering a probation ….read more

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Health care assistant raped pensioner in nursing home bed

Central Criminal Court

A health care assistant who raped a pensioner in her nursing home bed during the Covid-19 lock-down has been jailed for 11 years.

The woman’s family described how they have been unable to comfort their mother by hugging her as they normally would since the rape in April. The elderly woman remains terrified the man will return to her room.

Her daughter told the court: “We always said we will dread the day she loses her memory but now one day we hope she wakes up and doesn’t remember.”

She described how finding a nursing home for their mother had been an emotional ….read more

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Tinder rapist Nevin and DPP both appeal 14-year sentence

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Patrick Nevin. Credit: Collins)

A serial sex offender has appealed against the severity of his 14-year sentence for attacking women he met through Tinder. The State has counter appealed, arguing that the sentence, of which the final two years were suspended, was too lenient.

Patrick Nevin (38) attacked three women during their first meetings in the space of eleven days in July 2014.

The sentencing court for two of these attacks heard that he had a preoccupation with sex and hostility towards women; he was at a high risk of re-offending.

Nevin had pleaded guilty to raping one woman at Bellewstown, Co ….read more

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