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Crack addict knocked down cyclist in stolen taxi

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A crack cocaine addict who knocked down a cyclist while driving a stolen taxi in a high speed garda pursuit has been jailed.

Carl McGuinness (24) drove the seven seater van at dangerous speeds and in a dangerous manner, almost colliding with pedestrians and with other vehicles.

He collided with a cyclist who was lifted up on the bonnet and thrown up in the air. McGuinness drove on and the high speed pursuit only ended when the van collided with a lamp post.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the cyclist James Byrne had his leg broken in two places and was deeply ….read more

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Public order garda tells trial he feared for his safety

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Colm Hand. Credit: Collins)

The prosecution case has closed in the trial of garda accused of assaulting a camera man during street protests.

Garda Sean Lucey (42) was detailed to a public order unit to deal with confrontations between “anti-racism” protesters and gardaí who were trying to prevent protesters from getting to supporters of a “far right group”.

Garda Lucey has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault causing harm to Colm Hand at Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre on February 6, 2016 and to damaging his camera.

Mr Lucey, who has an address in south Dublin, is a garda who ….read more

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Infant suffered "gross brain damage" after forceful impacts, jury hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Consultant Pathologist Professor Jack Crane. Credit: Collins)

A 20-month-old baby died from head injuries which were most likely caused from his head impacting at least three or four times against a hard surface such as a wall or floor, a murder trial has heard.

The jury was also told that the nature and severity of the toddler’s head injuries could not have been caused accidentally.

Former Northern Ireland State Pathologist, Professor Jack Crane, was giving evidence today in the trial of Yusif Ali Abdi, who is charged with murdering 20-month-old Nathan Baraka Andrew Ali at The Elms, College Road, Clane, Co ….read more

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"Evil" taxi driver (84) jailed for sexually abusing adopted daughter

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

An 84-year-old taxi driver who sexually abused his adopted daughter over a ten-year period has been jailed for three and half years.

John Walker, described by his daughter as “an evil man, a dangerous man”, was found guilty by a jury of 40 counts of indecently and sexually assaulting her over a ten-year period between 1990 and 2000, when she was aged between eight and 17 years old.

Jennifer Kelly waived her right to anonymity allowing her father to be named in reporting the case.

It took the jury just over two hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts ….read more

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Gardai unable to ensure public safety if "hit team" defendant attended son's funeral

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man who pleaded guilty to having a silenced handgun after his arrest during a garda operation against a feud-related “hit team” has withdrawn his request to attend his teenage son’s funeral mass, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

It follows a barrister for the Director of Public Prosecutions telling the court that a risk assessment carried out by gardai found that they would not be able to ensure the safety of the public in the church or that of gardai escorting him.

Owen Cummins (40), with an address at St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at the Special ….read more

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Psychiatrist has changed view on man's mental illness after he spent 16 years in jail for murder

Central Criminal Court

A psychiatrist who gave evidence at a 2003 trial that a man, who subsequently spent 16 years in jail for the murder of his infant son, was not suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, is now of the view that the man displayed early signs of the mental condition at the time, a jury has heard.

It was during the opening of the trial of Yusif Ali Abdi at the Central Criminal Court today that a prosecuting barrister said the matter of insanity is at issue in the case but that there is a large amount of agreement between the parties in ….read more

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