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Witness tells jury of moment he found teenager Cameron Reilly's body

Central Criminal Court

A witness has described to the Central Criminal Court the moment he found the dead body of a teenager while taking his dogs for a morning walk.

“I looked up and saw the body. I walked over and said hello, thinking it was someone who was drunk and fell asleep,” witness David Shiels told the trial of the man accused of murdering 18-year-old Cameron Reilly.

Doctor Alan Moran, who pronounced the deceased dead at the scene, also gave evidence today that gardaí made him aware of a fabric strip that was found 100 yards from the body in a field at Shamrock ….read more

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Money mule avoids jail over €50k invoice redirection fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

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A man who helped defraud two Irish transport companies when an invoice of almost €50,000 was diverted into his own bank account has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Joyce Sulambi (24) of Lohunda Park, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to handling €49,724 in stolen cash on April 15, 2019. He was sentenced to two years fully suspended today.

The court heard that in April 2019, Reynolds Logistics received a fake email purporting to be from one of their regular subcontractors, ENTS Transport Ltd.

The email claimed that the bank account belonging to ENTS Transport ….read more

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Armed robber rumbled after leaving phone behind at scene

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An armed robber who held a knife to a fast food worker’s neck was caught after leaving his mobile phone behind at the scene, leading gardai to recognise him as a man who recently reported a burglary at his home.

While out on bail for this offence, Mark Rooney (49) went on to hold a knife to another worker’s neck during an attempted robbery and was today jailed for seven years for his crime spree.

Rooney, of Premier Square Finglas, Dublin was armed with a meat cleaver when he went into a chipper in Finglas on the evening of November 18, 2019 ….read more

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'I’m no saint, your honour,' thief tells judge before being jailed for six months

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A thief with 119 previous convictions who said he wants to “turn his life around” and promised a judge he’ll never sit behind the wheel of a car again has been jailed for six months.

“I’m no saint, your honour,” John Maughan told Judge Pauline Codd when he took the stand at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

However, Maughan (35) of Baskin Park, Stockhole Lane, Cloghran, Dublin 15, was today jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to possessing items to be used in the course of a criminal act. He had been caught with items commonly used in the theft ….read more

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Serial offender gets five years for spate of robberies

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A serial offender who threatened shop workers while carrying out a spate of robberies has been handed a five-year prison sentence.

Raymond Boyle (51) pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery at shops in the Finglas area in August 2021 and March 2022. Boyle of Clearstream Court, McKee Avenue, Finglas has 14 previous convictions including two for robbery, which date back to 2012.

Imposing sentence today, Judge Codd said this was “criminality of an egregious level”.

She said these incidents would have been “terrifying” for the victims, who “work on the frontline dealing with the public, handling cash”.

“These people have to ….read more

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Vodafone employee who stole €22k gets suspended sentence

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Vodafone employee who stole €22,500 from the company by issuing refunds to his bank account after the till had been balanced for the day has been given a suspended sentence.

Con Cowman (31) had been working as a retail advisor in the phone company’s shop in Dundrum Town Centre when the discrepancies were noted. The refunds had all gone to the same card and it was noted that Cowman had been the only staff member rostered to work each of the days the transactions were processed.

He made admissions when questioned by HR in the company and was immediately suspended. He ….read more

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