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Child locked in room for disclosing abuse, sentencing court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A child who twice disclosed that she was being sexually abused by her father was called a liar and forced by him to write a letter withdrawing the allegations, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard when she first disclosed the abuse as a nine year old, she was beaten and isolated in a bedroom for several days without access to the bathroom.

Six years later, as a 15-year-old, she disclosed at school what was happening to her and her father forced her to write a letter to the authorities withdrawing the allegations.

The 56-year-old man, who cannot be identified to ….read more

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Jury finds man (59) guilty of abusing child (4)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl his wife was minding in their family home.

The 59-year-old man had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of sexually assaulting the then four-year-old child on dates between July 27, 2016 and July 11, 2017.

On the ninth day of the trial on Friday, the jury returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on both counts after deliberating for over five hours.

Judge Elma Sheahan thanked the jury for their care and attention. She remanded the man in custody and adjourned the matter for sentencing on February 28, ….read more

Jury room

Jury finds man was provoked into killing father

Central Criminal Court

A man who kicked his father to death on his 74th birthday after the older man told him he wished he’d never been born has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a unanimous jury verdict.

The jury of seven women and five men at the Central Criminal Court came to their unanimous decision after six hours and 17 minutes considering their verdict. The accused man Mark Tims (48) will be taken to the Midlands Prison where he will be held until a sentencing hearing on February 24.

Mr Tims had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty ….read more

Dan Flynn

Two years in jail doesn't "come close", DPP submits

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Dan Flynn. Credit: Collins)

A 76-year-old former farm labourer has been told that his two-year jail term for brutally raping a six-year-old girl forty years ago was “unduly lenient”.

Dan Flynn, a Co Tipperary resident, was 36-years-old when he grabbed the six-year-old girl and threw her onto his bed, telling her “I have got you now.” He raped the child, forced his penis into her mouth, spat into her face and stepped over her as she lay on the ground. “As if I was nothing,” the victim said.

Flynn, who lived with his late mother at the time, pleaded guilty at the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Jail for mother who beat and neglected children

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

A mother who repeatedly assaulted her children and threatened to kill them while holding a knife has been jailed for two years.

The woman (37) had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting, ill-treating, and neglecting three of her children at her then address on dates unknown between March 14, 2015 and April 18, 2016.

Following a trial in October 2019, she was convicted of all charges by a jury. The court heard that the accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, continues to deny her responsibility for the ….read more

Mr Justice Donald Binchy

Court to order extradition over migrant deaths

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Donald Binchy. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge has said he will order the extradition of a Northern Irish man wanted in the UK to face multiple counts of manslaughter following the discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese nationals in a lorry trailer in Essex.

The UK authorities want Eamon Harrison (23) from Mayobridge, Co Down, to face 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and conspiracy to commit human trafficking under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.

Mr Justice Donald Binchy said on Friday that he had received “very comprehensive” submissions from Mr Harrison’s legal team and that of ….read more

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