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Midwife convicted of money laundering offence challenges dismissal

High Court

A midwife convicted of a money laundering offence has brought a High Court challenge against the HSE’s decision to dismiss her from her employment.

The action has been taken by Samantha Sinnott, a midwife at Wexford General Hospital, who claims the HSE sacked her after she received a 12-month suspended prison sentence from Wexford Circuit Criminal Court last February.

She had previously pleaded guilty in May 16th 2019 to one count of Money laundering contrary to Section 7 of the 2010 Criminal Justice Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act.

The 41-year-old mother of five children admitted that on September 22nd 2018 she moved ….read more

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'Rialto's James Bond' avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man described as “Rialto’s James Bond”, who was caught waving around an airsoft gun on the street, has received a fully suspended sentence.

Ross Kenny (28) took the airsoft pistol off of “youths” who had previously thrown snowballs at him and was “acting the cowboy” when gardaí spotted him on CCTV.

Kenny, of St Anthony’s Road, Rialto, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a handgun at Reuben Walk, Rialto, on March 12, 2019.

Detective Garda Colm Reynolds told John Berry BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, gardaí were monitoring CCTV cameras in Rialto when they ….read more

Samantha Otto

Woman who harassed man and poured boiling water over his face avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Samantha Otto. Credit: Collins)

A Filipino woman who harassed a man and poured boiling water over his face in an unprovoked attack in a casino has received a fully suspended sentence.

Samantha Otto (58) committed the “utterly unprovoked” assault on the victim following “a period of harassment” after the victim had rejected her advances.

Otto, with an address at Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Empire Casino, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, on April 27, 2019. She has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Pauline Collier told Karl Finnegan BL, prosecuting, that the background to ….read more

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Coercive control complainant 'always had bruises', witness tells trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban

A woman “always had bruises on her” whenever her former workmate saw her with her then partner, a coercive control trial has heard.

The 52-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his then-partner.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive of his partner at various locations, including their Dublin home, between January 1, 2019 and September 22, 2019.

He has also pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of assault causing ….read more

Mr Justice Michael White

Brothers accused of trying to murder garda must wait until 2022 for trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Michael White. Credit: Collins)

by Paul Neilan

Two brothers accused of the attempted murder of a garda, who tried to help a wounded man, will have to wait until 2022 before their trial.

Lee Quinn (24) of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12, and Gavin Quinn (26) of Tyrone Place, Inchicore, Dublin 8 are both charged with the attempted murder of Garda Alan Murphy, who was responding to an incident on St Vincent’s Street, Inchicore, in the early hours of March 30, 2020.

The DPP had directed trial on indictment and this morning Mr Justice Michael White fixed January 11, ….read more

Justice Tony Hunt

'Hard to see' victims interest in being identified should child rapist be named, court told

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt, who heard today’s application. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for a child rapist have told the High Court that “it was hard to see” how it could be in the interest of his victims to have their identity published should their abuser be named, despite their wishes that he be named.

The 56-year-old man pleaded guilty in 2015 at the Central Criminal Court to the repeated rape and sexual assault of his wife’s two sons at his Co Wicklow home over a ten-year period. The victims were under ten years old when the abuse started in 1993 and ….read more

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