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Man who booked flights for hitman in Cartel's bid to murder 'Mago' Gately is jailed

Special Criminal Court

A man who booked flights for an international hitman hired in a Kinahan cartel plot to murder a rival Hutch gang member has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for five years.

Dubliner David Duffy is the latest man to be sentenced for his involvement in a bid by the cartel to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately and was today jailed by the three-judge court for supplying logistical support.

In April, Duffy (33) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to having knowledge of the existence of a criminal organisation and participating in or contributing to activities connected with the ….read more

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Graham Whelan admits to money laundering at 5-star hotel

Special Criminal Court

A father-of-four who told gardai that €1,200 in cash had come from up his “Swiss roll” has pleaded guilty to laundering €3,415 and to possession of cocaine, cannabis and a high-end watch at a south Dublin hotel.

Graham Whelan (38), with an address at Walkinstown Avenue, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 was arraigned at the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court this morning.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering contrary to section 7 of the Criminal Justice Act on January 31, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The first count related to a sum of €1,275 in cash ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

IRA man who threatened accident victim to withdraw claim loses appeal

Court of Appeal

A Dublin man has lost an appeal against his conviction for IRA membership following a threat to shoot an accident victim if he did not withdraw an insurance claim against his former employer.

The Court of Appeal dismissed all grounds of the appeal by Ciaran Maguire (32), who was jailed for four years and 11 months after he and his co-accused Kevin Braney (46) were convicted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court in May 2018.

Maguire, of Kippure Park in Finglas and Braney, of Glenshane Crescent in Tallaght had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican ….read more

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One-year jail term for attack on garda wife who thought she would die

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

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By Declan Brennan & Fiachra Gallagher

A man who assaulted his garda wife by holding her down on the kitchen floor and strangling her in front of their child has been jailed for one year.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victim, Meihan Meng, believed she was going to die during the attack and had to tap her fingers on the floor to let her husband know she could not breathe.

Kai Zhu (39) of Sallymount Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to his wife at their home on Sandymount Ave on May 13, ….read more

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Man admits to having over €100k in stolen ATM cash

Special Criminal Court

A man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to possessing or handling more than €100,000 following an ATM theft two years ago.

Niall Finnegan (39) of Cherry Grove, Cullyhanna, Co Armagh was arraigned at the three-judge, non-jury court this morning.

He pleaded guilty to one count of committing a serious offence to wit possession of stolen cash for the benefit of, or at the direction of, or in association with, a criminal organisation at The Yard, Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath on 20 August, 2019.

Fiona Murphy SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, told presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt ….read more

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Four-day 'reign of terror' saw teen attacked, falsely imprisoned and sexually assaulted

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Sonya McLean

A teenager was attacked, falsely imprisoned, sexually abused and had “666″ carved into his forehead during a four-day “reign of terror” in a County Cavan house, with some of the attack being uploaded to Snapchat, a court has heard.

The main male accused (27) subjected the victim to this multiple day ordeal after forming the “irrational” view that the victim had “ratted” on him, based on the fact that the victim had not been served a charge sheet upon his release from custody after being found in possession of drugs.

The Central Criminal Court heard that ….read more

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