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Convicted man challenges inclusion on sex offender's register

High Court

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman has launched a High Court challenge seeking to overturn a District Court judge’s direction that he be included on the sex offenders register.

The action has been brought by John Keady, who last month pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault committed against a female that occurred at the Heritage Hotel Killenard, Portarlington, Co Laois on December 9th, 2018.

The offence was prosecuted summarily before Portlaoise District Court.

Keady, who is aged 45 years with an address at Durabhan, Roscam, Galway and who brought €5,000 to court as a token of his remorse for ….read more

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Addict threw petrol bomb at garda in broad daylight

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who “hurled” an ignited petrol bomb in the direction of a garda who was standing by a vehicle waiting for it to be towed has been jailed for four years.

Gerard Dunne (32) had been spotted by Garda Karl Kelly acting suspiciously cycling around on a pink and white bike before he threw the lighted petrol bomb across a road in his direction. It collided with a curb and smashed, emitting a flame.

Detective Sergeant Eoin Colbert told Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, that Gda Kelly had spotted the item as it came across the road and managed to run out ….read more

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Patricia O'Connor's husband knew she was dead when he reported her missing, jury are told

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Augustine ‘Gus’ O’Connor. Credit: Collins)

A husband whose wife’s dismembered remains were found scattered in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains has pleaded guilty to reporting her as a missing person, knowing she was already dead, a murder trial jury has been told.

The Central Criminal Court heard today that Augustine ‘Gus’ O’Connor (75), of Mill Close, Glasheen, Stamullen, Co Meath had been charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of an offender in October 2018.

Detective Inspector Brian O’Keeffe told the jury that Mr O’Connor was originally part of the trial but shortly before it began, he pleaded guilty to reporting ….read more

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Court directs US businessman to provide sworn statement in hospital row

High Court

A judge has directed US-based businessman and medical doctor Joseph Sheehan Senior to provide a sworn statement setting out details of the purported sale of a company he allegedly controlled.

The order against Dr Sheehan was made as part of ongoing injunction proceedings brought by three companies involved in a dispute over shares in the Galway Clinic private hospital, who secured a temporary High Court injunction freezing the assets of Blackrock Medical Partners Ltd (BMPL).

The injunction was secured by Marpole Ltd, BMD Investments Ltd and Parma Investments against BMPL, which allegedly owes the firms over €800,000 in legal fees after it ….read more

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1,600 phone contacts between garda and alleged heroin dealer, Tribunal told

Tribunal

(Pictured: Garda Nicholas Keogh. Credit: Collins)

Hundreds of phone contacts were made between a senior member of a garda drugs unit and an alleged heroin dealer during an active garda investigation, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

The tribunal is in its ninth week of hearing evidence into the treatment of whistleblower Garda Nicholas Keogh, who made a protected disclosure in 2014.

Gda Keogh alleges that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit, identified to the tribunal as Garda A, was in an improper relationship with an alleged heroin dealer, identified only as Ms B.

The tribunal, chaired by Judge Sean Ryan, is investigating ….read more

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Community service for role in human trafficking

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Adil Muhammad. Credit: Collins)

A man who got involved in a human trafficking operation within the State has avoided a jail sentence.

Adil Muhammad (32) was today ordered to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four-year prison sentence for his role in providing fake passports to six Afghan nationals in 2018.

Muhammad, of Ankers Court, The Bower, Athlone, Westmeath, said he did not receive any payment for his role in providing passports for the Afghani Sikhs, who entered the State with fraudulent Indian passports.

Muhammad pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of possession of false ….read more

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