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Four to stand trial accused of trying to murder Wayne Whelan

Central Criminal Court

Four men will go on trial in June charged with trying to murder Dublin man Wayne Whelan in a shooting in west Dublin over a year ago.

Darren Henderson (30), of Cleggan Avenue, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; Cailean Crawford (25), with an address at Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; and Charles McClean (32), of St Mark’s Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 are charged with the attempted murder of Wayne Whelan (42) at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin on September 4, 2019.

The three defendants, two of whom appeared via video link before the Central Criminal Court for today’s hearing, are also accused ….read more

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Former mother and baby home resident takes damages action

High Court

A former resident of a mother and baby home in Cork has initiated a High Court damages action against the State, the HSE and the order of Catholic nuns who ran that facility.

The action has been brought by Caroline Donovan who was a resident of Bessborough House in Cork on two occasions, once in the mid 1980s and also for a period during the early 1990s.

She says that while a resident of Bessborough, which was located in Blackrock, Cork, she was subjected to physical and emotional abuse, which it is claimed amounted to a breach of her constitutional rights.

The action ….read more

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Court 'wouldn't expect' early jail release for 'Border Fox' O'Hare

Court of Appeal

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Former INLA terrorist Dessie O’Hare, who was known as “The Border Fox”, is unlikely to get an early release as he appeals the severity of his seven-year sentence for falsely imprisoning a family, the Court of Appeal heard today.

O’Hare was due to appeal his sentence but has been unable to consult with his legal team while in prison.

Mr Justice George Birmingham agreed to adjourn the hearing, saying there is “no particular urgency” given that O’Hare’s sentence is not due to expire soon and even if the Court of Appeal interferes with his sentence the judge ….read more

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'Put your weapon down sir, please': judge refused to leave 'terrifying siege' in order to help others

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man held up a judge, a barrister and his estranged wife with a fake pistol and a hoax pipe bomb during a “terrifying” siege in a Dublin court, his sentence hearing has been told.

During a hearing in December 2018, Edmund Dunican (47) told the court he had a “problem” with an opposing barrister, Lisa Daly, before he drew a “realistic” firearm from his briefcase and threatened her with it, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

At the time, Dunican was wearing an elaborate device around his neck that resembled a pipe bomb. The court heard Dunican, a fitter by ….read more

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Drugs accused who made gang shooting claim had actually shot himself

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

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A drugs accused who claimed he had been shot by a gang, only for his mother to tell gardai he had in fact shot himself in the face, has had his sentencing further adjourned for updated reports.

When gardaí were called to the home of Darren Nolan (28), he told them he had been shot by three young men wearing balaclavas. However, his mother told gardaí she believed he had shot himself.

Gardaí searched his room and discovered a handgun he had purchased online as well as over €16,000 of illegal drugs.

Nolan, of Shangan Green, Ballymun, Dublin pleaded ….read more

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No jail for cowardly knife attack on transgender escort

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Liam Vickers. Credit: Collins)

A man who carried out a “cowardly” knife attack on a transgender escort and demanded that she provide him with free sex has received a fully suspended sentence.

Liam Vickers (23) also threatened the victim’s roommate when they attempted to intervene. He instructed the victim to delete his phone number and text messages from her phone before he left her home.

The court heard that Vicker’s father pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering his mother in 2009.

Vickers, of Swifts Grove, Clonshaugh, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm in an ….read more

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