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Gerry Hutch further remanded in custody

Special Criminal Court

Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, who is charged with the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, has been further remanded in custody by the Special Criminal Court 

This morning, Mr Hutch’s case was listed for mention at the non-jury court but no application was made. Mr Hutch was not present in court and neither the defence nor the prosecution were represented.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that he was ordering Mr Hutch (58) to be remanded in custody and that a further date could be made for an application if the accused so wished.

At a previous hearing, ….read more

CHQ

Boy (15) to stand trial accused of murdering mum stabbed on her walk home from work

Central Criminal Court

A 15-year-old boy accused of the murder of a mother-of-two who was stabbed on her walk home from work will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court next year.

The boy, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, appeared at a brief hearing at the court this morning charged with the murder of Urantsetseg Tserendorj on January 20, 2021.

Ms Tserendorj, a Mongolian national who lived in Dublin for a number of years, died at the Mater Hospital two weeks after she was stabbed at the CHQ building on Custom House Quay. She had been on her way ….read more

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Stephen Penrose declines to continue attending murder trial

Central Criminal Court

Stephen Penrose, who is accused of murdering a man whose decapitated body was found in a Kildare woods, has declined to continue attending his trial and the case will proceed in his absence, the jury has been told.

The Central Criminal Court jury also heard today that Mr Penrose (38), who was representing himself in his murder trial having dismissed his legal team, has now hired new lawyers.

Mr Penrose, 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.

On the opening ….read more

Lisa Smith

'Absolutely gigantic' disclosure ahead of Lisa Smith trial, court hears

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Lisa Smith. Photo: Collins)

The Special Criminal Court has been told that there is an “absolutely gigantic” amount of disclosure ahead of the trial of former Irish Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism.

The case was briefly mentioned today at the three-judge, non-jury court, where Ms Smith was not required to be in attendance.

Her barrister, Michael O’Higgins SC, said that the “very large disclosure” of information from the prosecution in a “variety” of different formats made it difficult to download and print out.

“It’s absolutely gigantic,” ….read more

Judge Martin Nolan

'He deserves little or no mercy': 12-year sentence for 'extremely violent' burglar

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Judge Martin Nolan. Photo: Collins)

A judge has said a criminal who carried out a string of extremely violent robberies and burglaries “deserves little or no mercy” as he imposed a 12-year sentence.

Judge Martin Nolan said that Michael “Mikey” Greene (20) used extreme violence when he beat up a couple with a wrench in their home, repeatedly hitting one woman in her bed as her grandchild slept in a nearby cot.

In a spree of attacks Greene also struck an office worker with a hammer and held a broken bottle to the neck of a man in his seventies. His lawyers ….read more

justice new

Community service for shop manager who stole €72k

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A shop manager who stole over €72,000 from the daily takings to feed a gambling addiction has been ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.

Paul Cashel (49) began taking small amounts of cash from the shop, then took further cash the following day to replenish what he had already taken. This progressed until he no longer had the means to replenish the funds.

Cashel of Larkfield Gardens, Kimmage, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to thefts at Aran Sweater Market Ltd, Grafton Street, Dublin City centre, on dates between March 2, 2019 and April 11, 2019. He has five ….read more

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