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Driver alleged to have left woman with serious injuries is refused bail

High Court

A man facing dangerous driving charges over a collision which allegedly led to a woman’s finger being amputated has been refused bail by the High Court.

Brian Reilly (23), with an address at Tailteann, Navan, Co Meath, is charged with three counts of criminal damage, three counts of dangerous driving, endangerment, driving without a license and failure to remain at the scene at various locations around Finglas, in Dublin on January 29 last.

He was refused High Court bail today on foot of objections by gardaí.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said the accused man was charged with “very serious offences” arising ….read more

Boakye Osei

Ghanian men who raped 'blind drunk' student are jailed for nine years

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Boakye Osei. Credit: Collins)

Two Ghanaian nationals who raped a “blind drunk” student after bringing her back to their flat have been jailed for nine years.

Boakye Osei (30) of Tooban, Burnfoot and Kelvin Opoku (33) of Cill Graine, Letterkenny, Co Donegal had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the rape of the woman in a town in the county in February 2015.

The woman had been out with her friend in a nightclub and the two women were walking home when they met Opoku and Osei. She got into the car believing the men had offered to take ….read more

Paula Farrell

Woman accused of murdering partner was suffering with PTSD, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A 47-year-old woman was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependency at the time she stabbed her partner to death, a psychiatrist has told her trial.

However Dr Brenda Wright, testifying on behalf of the defence today in the fourth week of the Louth woman’s murder trial at the Central Criminal Court, also told the prosecution that PTSD had not played a “significant role” in the killing.

Paula Farrell, of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the unlawful killing of Wayne ‘Quilly’ McQuillan (30) ….read more

Airport

Woman jailed for escorting illegal immigrants into Ireland

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An Italian national who escorted three illegal immigrants on two flights from Italy into Dublin airport has been sentenced to 18 months with the final six months suspended.

Paula Dos Santos (22), who moved to Italy from Brazil when she was five years old, agreed to act as an escort for an Albanian man and his fiancée after they had been provided with bogus Italian identity cards.

She also admitted that she had chaperoned another Albanian man who came to Dublin in the same circumstances three months earlier.

Dos Santos, who has been on remand in prison since her arrest in Dublin airport ….read more

Outside Stock

Creche worker not guilty of sexually abusing one of four child complainants

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes and Declan Brennan

A childcare worker has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting one of four child complainants in a crèche.

On day 22 of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury returned verdicts today on five of 23 charges of sexual assault allegedly carried out by the 29-year-old man.

The jury foreman asked Judge Elma Sheahan for more time to continue deliberations on the outstanding charges.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of sexually assaulting the girls at the crèche on dates between August 2014 and December ….read more

Jury room

Jury begin deliberating in triple rape trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury has begun deliberating in the trial of three young men alleged to have raped a woman and left her in the middle of nowhere.

The three accused, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping a woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The trial heard that the then 18-year-old woman was allegedly driven to Dollymount Strand, raped by three men in turn and then left in the middle of nowhere. The three men were all teenagers at the ….read more

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