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Directors of foreign real estate company are jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Fiona Ferguson

Two directors of a real estate company who failed to give clients the proceeds of the sales of their homes outside the State have been jailed.

Lawyers for Sean Boylan (72) and Colin Horan (38) told the court that there had not been a plan to defraud the customers and the offending arose from poor business management.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the modus operandi of the company was “classic robbing Peter to pay Paul”. In some cases, clients were being paid not from the proceeds of the sale of their properties, but rather from the ….read more

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Man accused of murdering grandmother found in burning car is refused bail

High Court

A man accused of murdering a 72-year-old grandmother whose body was found in a burning car has been denied bail by the High Court this afternoon.

Michael Leonard (63) of Hillcrest, Glenosheen, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, who appeared at the bail hearing by video-link,
is accused of murdering pensioner Mary O’Keeffe (72) at Doneraile, Co Cork on February 4 of this year.

Detective Sergeant James O’Shea, of Fermoy Garda Station, told State counsel Mr Emmet Nolan BL that he was objecting to bail on the basis of the strength of the evidence, the seriousness of the charge and on the grounds that the accused ….read more

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Accused who refrained from withdrawing crime cash is given leniency

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An accused prevented over €18,000 in crime cash from being laundered after it was transferred into his account following a fraudulent email correspondence, a court has heard.

Alexander Cribbin (21) gave his bank details to a friend but realised things were not “legitimate” when the money was transferred into his account and he refrained from using it.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that because the accused man did not access the funds, they were able to be recalled by the bank and returned to the doctor to whom they belonged. The doctor had believed he was in contact via email with his ….read more

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Judge indicates ban on naming of child murderer will be lifted

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Paul McDermott. Credit: Collins)

A High Court judge has said he does not see any difficulty in lifting a court order, which prevented a child murderer from being publicly identified, once the law on a controversial section of the Children’s Act is changed tomorrow.

However, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said he would prefer that parties in the case such as the State and the accused were put on notice should they have submissions to make to the court and for their views to be ascertained.

The Children (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was sent to President Michael D Higgins to ….read more

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Husband strangled wife after she slept with other man, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A father-of-three strangled his wife when she arrived home in the early hours after having sexual intercourse with another man, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Opening the trial of Rafal Karaczyn today Conor Devally SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said the accused man’s marriage to Natalia Karaczyn was “not terribly happy” but they stayed living together for their children, to whom they were devoted.

Natalia was “anxious to move on” from the marriage, Mr Devally said, and on the Saturday night before she died she went out with friends and went to another man’s house where she had ….read more

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'Red mist' saw dad-of-five fire handgun at youths

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Michael Hoolohan. Credit: Collins)

A father-of-five who fired shots in a residential area in broad daylight “when the red mist went down” has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Gardaí were alerted after residents heard the shots that were fired by Michael Hoolohan (42) at four youths as he was driving his van through a Dublin housing estate.

His defence barrister told the court that the gardaí accept that this was not a case of “a feud” nor was Hoolohan part of “a criminal gang”.

Michael O’Higgins SC, defending, said his client “overreacted in a way that was criminal” after he felt his son ….read more

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