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Trial hears that Michael Lynn moved to Brazil without telling gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Michael Lynn. Photo: Collins)

Former solicitor Michael Lynn moved to Brazil in 2011 without telling gardaí, who had arranged to interview him in Portugal, his multi-million euro theft trial has heard.

Mr Lynn (53) agreed on a number of occasions to be interviewed by gardaí between 2008 and 2011 but the interview was cancelled several times, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

In 2009, Mr Lynn sought assurances that no European arrest warrant would be issued until at least four weeks after being interviewed, the court heard.

Mr Lynn, of Millbrook Court, Red Cross, Co Wicklow is on trial at Dublin Circuit ….read more


Challenge to Stardust inquest not ready for hearing

High Court

A High Court judge has said that a legal action brought by former Stardust manager Eamon Butterly, aimed at preventing a new inquest into the disaster from making him a target for a verdict of unlawful killing, is not yet ready for hearing.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said on Tuesday that, while he is acutely aware of the urgency of Mr Butterly’s claim that the new hearing could wrongfully make him a target for a verdict of unlawful killing, he cannot at this stage fix a date for the hearing of the challenge.

The judge made his remarks after being ….read more

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Jail for violent hijacking of pizza delivery man's car

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for a violent attack on a pizza delivery man whom he dragged from his car and knocked unconscious before hijacking the vehicle.

Thomas Greene (29) punched, kicked and pulled the driver from his car after the victim was approached by a group of males while out on a delivery.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a man on horseback acted as a lookout for gardai.

Greene of Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to unlawful seizure of a vehicle and robbery at Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot on August 8, 2020.

He has 69 previous convictions and is currently serving a ….read more


Google allowed joined academic's action over processing of personal data

High Court

Google has been granted permission to be joined to a High Court action where it is alleged the Data Protection Commission has failed to fully investigate a complaint about how the tech giant, along with the Internet Advertising Bureau Europe, process personal data.

The case has been brought by Dr Johnny Ryan, a senior fellow of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, regarding what he claims is the DPC’s delay in investigating his 2018 complaint regarding the way the two companies process personal data.
The DPC denies that it has delayed processing the complaint.

Last March, Mr Justice Charles Meenan granted Dr Ryan ….read more

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Stab wound cut schoolboy's main artery, pathologist tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Assistant State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers. Photo: Collins)

Schoolboy Josh Dunne, who was stabbed to death during a “stand-off” over a stolen bicycle, sustained two stab wounds to the chest including one that penetrated the main artery in the body, a pathologist has told the Central Criminal Court.

When asked by defence counsel whether one movement of the knife could have inflicted the two wounds to the 16-year-old’s chest, Assistant State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers said it was possible that “one sweep” could have caused both wounds but it would have been “very difficult”.

George Gonzaga Bento (36), a Brazilian ….read more


Court orders arrest of mum-of-four over alleged failure to remove caravan

High Court

A judge has ordered that a mother of four be arrested and brought before the High Court over her alleged failure to remove her caravan from a Co Offaly housing estate.

Sandra O’Brien had previously given an undertaking before the High Court that she would vacate Church Hill estate in Tullamore, Co Offaly, where she and her family have been residing in a caravan for several months, by 10am on Tuesday, May 17.

However, when the matter returned before the High Court on Tuesday afternoon the court was told that Ms O’Brien’s caravan had moved from one part of the estate to ….read more

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