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Verdict in Lunney trial delayed

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court has delayed delivering its verdicts in relation to four men accused of abducting and torturing Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

The three judges of the non-jury court had initially said they would deliver their verdicts tomorrow, October 22. However, the verdicts have now been put back to Monday, November 8.

A 40-year-old man who cannot be named and is known as YZ, Alan O’Brien (40), of Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, Darren Redmond (27), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 and Luke O’Reilly (68), with an address at Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan have ….read more

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Man jailed for stabbing sister's ex who made grave Christmas threats

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for stabbing his sister’s ex-partner, who had shown up at the family home on Christmas day after sending a series of threatening text messages.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that on Christmas eve 2013, Darren Brewster told Sean O’Boyle’s sister: “you don’t know what I’m capable of, I’ll be up to the gaff tomorrow” and “I’ll walk away with someone in a bad way”. He later told her “Christmas will be major for your family this year” and “I’ll do two years ya knacker”.

When Mr Brewster and his brother arrived at the O’Boyle family home in ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Consecutive sentences warranted for man who repeatedly abused schoolboy

Court of Appeal

A judge was correct to impose consecutive sentences on a man who repeatedly molested a schoolboy when the youngster’s family agreed to give him a roof over his head while he was on temporary release from prison, a court ruled today.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was later convicted on 20 counts of sexual assault following a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to two consecutive three-and-a-half year terms.

An appeal against conviction was turned down and the Court of the Appeal today also dismissed submissions from the man’s legal ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Highly educated man's conviction for abuse of nephew is upheld

Court of Appeal

A highly educated man who sexually abused his teenage nephew when the boy was at a sleep-over at his grandmother’s house has lost his appeal against his conviction.

The man, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his victim, first attacked when the boy was 14 years old and staying the night at his grandparent’s house, where the abuser also resided.

The attacks, which began on April 1, 1989, continued for two years until April 30, 1991, when the man was 46 years of age.

He was later convicted at the Central Criminal Court by a jury on ….read more

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Garda spotted blood spatter inside car, Philip Finnegan murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A garda spotted “a lot of blood splatter” inside a car associated with a man who is on trial for murder, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Stephen Penrose (38), of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Philip Finnegan (24) at Rahin Woods, Rahin, Edenderry, Co Kildare on August 10, 2016.

The trial has heard that Mr Finnegan went missing before his decapitated body was found buried in a shallow grave in a Kildare woods. The accused man, who was representing himself in the trial, has hired new lawyers but has declined to continue ….read more

Childrens Hospital

'Very Significant progress' in mediation between children's hospital and residents

High Court

Significant progress is being made in efforts to resolve a row over building works between the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin and local residents, the High Court has heard.

In proceedings initiated in 2017, residents from the O’Reilly Avenue, Ceannt Fort, and Mount Brown areas of Dublin 8 have brought an action against the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and the builders, BAM Civil Ltd and BAM Civil Engineering Ltd.

The residents claim that significant damage has been caused to their homes by the building works. The claims are opposed by the defendants and the dispute regarding the €1bn hospital ….read more

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