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Deception accused overpaid by €50k in bail surety

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Limerick man charged with deception and thefts had a €100,000 bail surety mistakenly repaid to him, when he was only due to be returned €50,000, a court has heard.

Lawyers for the 39-year-old man, who cannot be named because he is facing trial next year, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the money has since been divided out amongst family members who had lent the man the money for the surety. They said their client is relying on Covid-19 welfare payments since getting laid-off last March.

During an application to vary his bail conditions, Judge Melanie Greally said she didn’t “like ….read more

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Man 'of some standing' who repeatedly raped friend's daughter fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

A man “of some standing” in his community who repeatedly raped his friend’s daughter when she was a child has lost his appeal against conviction.

Lawyers for the man (67), who can’t be named to protect the victim’s identity, complained to the three-judge Court of Appeal that the trial judge should not have told the jury they could return a majority verdict in circumstances where there was evidence they had not yet considered some of the 32 counts against him.

Michael Bowman SC, for the appellant, also argued that the trial judge should not have allowed the dates of the offences on ….read more


Coach gets 8-year jail term for abusing 23 boys over three decades

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: John McClean. Credit: Collins)

John McClean, a former rugby coach and teacher at Dublin private school Terenure College, has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing 23 students over three decades.

McClean (76) abused the boys between 1973 and 1990 while he worked for Terenure College. He left the school in 1996 after certain allegations were made and took up a role coaching rugby with UCD.

The accused had denied all offences when interviewed by gardaí and three trial dates were fixed before he finally pleaded guilty in November 2020. He has no previous convictions.

Passing sentence today at Dublin Circuit Criminal ….read more

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Drunk convicted killer claimed he stole bag containing €57k in cocaine

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A convicted killer who claimed he had stolen a bag he was found carrying that contained over €57,000 in cocaine has been jailed for four and a half years.

Thomas O’Brien (49) was found by gardai with the drugs after they responded to a call about him banging on the windows of a house. He was intoxicated and acting erratically.

O’Brien, of Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Con Colbert Road, Dublin 8 on May 1, 2018.

O’Brien has 63 previous convictions, mainly for public order offences, but also ….read more

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Virgin settles action against Eir over inclusion of channels

High Court

Internet and television provider Virgin Media has settled its action against Eir, whom it claimed was in breach of copyright when it included Virgin’s free-to-air channels on one of Eir’s set-top boxes.

In November 2019 Virgin launched Commercial Court proceedings seeking an injunction restraining Eir from broadcasting all of its free-to-air channels and its own Virgin Media One and Two channels.

Virgin had also sought an injunction preventing infringement of copyright and a declaration that Eir has no entitlement, under the Broadcasting Act or otherwise, to broadcast or disseminate the channels via Eir’s Apple TV 4k set-top box.

Eir claimed ….read more

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Man recorded himself raping six-month old infant

Central Criminal Court

The Central Criminal Court has this evening heard graphic evidence of how a father-of-five recorded videos of himself orally raping his partner’s six-month old niece.

The 58-year-old man from Munster also produced sexually explicit images of four other children who were between the ages of five and 12 years at the time.

The offending took place over the course of seven months up to August 2019. The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identities of the victims, will be sentenced next week.

A local detective told Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, that an anonymous envelope was delivered ….read more

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