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Det Gda O'Donnell

Garda detective shot from range of "six to seven feet", ballistic expert says

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Witness Det Gda Seamus O’Donnell. Credit: Collins)

The shot that killed Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was fired from between six and seven feet from his head, a ballistics expert has told the Central Criminal Court.

Detective Garda Seamus O’Donnell showed the jury a semi-automatic Beretta A301 12-gauge shotgun that he said is similar to the one used to shoot Det Gda Donohoe.

He demonstrated how the shotgun is loaded and fired and told the jury that he fired a number of shots at targets from different ranges using the same type of cartridge that was found beside Det Gda Donohoe’s body. ….read more

Crevan Mackin SCC

Two NI men are charged with false imprisonment at Special Criminal Court

Special Criminal Court

Two Northern Irish men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court this evening charged with attacking and falsely imprisoning a man in Co Louth over two years ago.

The men are also charged with robbing the man of several items, including two mobile phones and a passport, and of demanding £50,000 with menaces from the man.

Anthony Finglas (49) and William Twomey (56), who are both from Havelock Place, Warrenpoint, Co Down, appeared before different sittings of the three-judge court this evening charged with a total of four non-scheduled offences.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit, told State solicitor ….read more

Four Courts dome

Business gets injunction preventing landlord taking possession of premises

High Court

The operator of a Montessori school and a family entertainment centre has secured a High Court injunction preventing its landlord from retaking possession of its premises.

In a ruling, Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington said that Fun2see Learning & Activity Centre Limited, which operates the two businesses that employs 32 people out of Unit 21, Ashbourne Retail Park in Co Meath, was entitled to have a injunction that was granted last September kept in place until the full hearing of the dispute.

The judge directed that the full hearing of the matter, which she described as a landlord and tenant-dispute, heard as soon ….read more

Alexander Jones

IT specialist wanted "financial bounty" for security scam

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Alexander Jones. Credit: Collins)

An IT specialist who tried to get a “financial bounty” by falsely claiming he had uncovered vulnerabilities in Eircom’s systems has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay €35,000.

Alexander Jones (33) formerly of Church Road, Skerries, Co Dublin, but now residing in the UK, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dishonestly operating a computer with intention of making a gain at Telephone House, Marlborough Street, Dublin, on a date between February 4, 2014 and April 24, 2014.

Detective Garda Colm Gallagher told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, said that while working for a company ….read more

Four Courts

No-show boss of collapsed charities firm on "gap year", counsel quips

High Court

Lawyers representing the liquidator of the collapsed charities fundraising service Pembroke Dynamic and two related entities, have asked if the firm’s boss is “currently on a gap year” after hearing he is currently in Munich.

Gerard Meehan BL, for the company’s liquidator Myles Kirby, told Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds that his client wants to progress proceedings brought against businessman Peter Conlon in 2018.

However, Mr Kirby has not been able to do this for a number of reasons. Late last month Mr Conlon was due to attend at the offices of the liquidator’s solicitor to inspect documents, counsel said.

However, Mr Conlon ….read more

Paul Wells Jnr

Canal murderer's family tell court they are "disgusted" by father

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Paul Wells Jnr. Credit: Collins)

The daughter of murderer Paul Wells Senior, who dismembered the body of Kenneth O’Brien and dumped it in a suitcase in the Grand Canal, has said her family are “devastated and disgusted” by what their father did and that it does not represent who they are.

“We are normal, decent people who are of good moral standing. As a family we stand with you in grieving for Kenneth and pray for him everyday,” Amy Wells told the Central Criminal Court during her brother Paul Wells Junior’s sentence hearing today.

Ms Wells said Paul Wells Jnr wished to ….read more

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