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Man agreed to move €400k in drugs to service €5k debt

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who agreed to move nearly €400,000 worth of drugs in order to service a €5,000 drug debt has been jailed for four years.

After gardaí found the four 5kg packages of cannabis herb in the boot of his car, James Ryan (33) told them he was moving the drugs to pay off the last of a drug debt.

He said if they didn’t believe him, they could look up his nose, referring to damage to his nose due to excessive use of cocaine.

Ryan of Tymon Crescent, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Scholarstown ….read more

Michael Quinn

Violent offender jailed for cowardly attack during anti-lockdown rally

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Michael Quinn. Photo: Collins)

Izzy Kamikaze, who was attacked by a violent offender during an anti-lockdown protest, has told a court that video footage of the attack and its aftermath caused many people to come “to their senses about how dangerous it is to ignore far-right protest”.

Judge Martin Nolan described as “cowardly” the attack by Louth man Michael Quinn (30) on Ruth O’Rourke – AKA Izzy Kamikaze – in September 2020. The judge said the behaviour of Quinn and his associates after the attack was reprehensible.

Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, outlined to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court how on September 12 ….read more

Dylan Cronin

Attempt to extort €25k from innocent family with false drug debt claim

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dylan Cronin. Photo: Collins)

A man who took part in an attempt to extort €25,000 from a “completely blameless” family has been jailed for 18 months.

Dylan Cronin (20) and another man went to the family’s home at night, claimed one of the children was involved in drugs that had gone missing and demanded the family give them €25,000.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that this claim was entirely false and had been concocted in order to attempt to gain the money. The blackmailers returned on two further occasions, during which property was damaged and notes were left demanding the money.

Cronin, with ….read more

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'Lowest of the low' jailed for holding drugs under duress

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A defendant described as the ‘lowest of the low’ in the criminal hierarchy and who was caught holding over €70,000 worth of drugs under duress has been jailed for three years.

Derek O’Callaghan (41) was found to be storing over €44,000 worth of cocaine and ecstasy in a bedroom in his uncle’s house and over €29,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis in another home, his caravan and two cars during two garda searches in 2017 and 2018, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

The total street value of the drugs found amounted to €73,450, Detective Garda Gavin Curran told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting.

Sentencing ….read more

Osborn Irabor

Court upholds bus driver's conviction for causing death of cyclist

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Osborn Irabor. Photo: Collins)

The driver of a double-decker bus whose careless driving caused the death of a cyclist has lost his appeal against his conviction.

Osborn Irabor (60) of French Park, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to careless driving causing the death of Mary White (55) on November 17, 2014.

However he was convicted following a two-day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal court in October 2018 and disqualified from driving for four years.

His lawyers claimed later that the trial judge, Judge Francis Comerford, did not explain legal terms to the jury in a way they could understand ….read more

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Fraudster conned St Vincent de Paul out of €20k

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An on-bail fraudster who conned a woman and a charity out of €30,000 by claiming to need it for medical expenses has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Gareth White (33) did not pay his first victim back €10,000 after a cheque she lodged for him bounced. He defrauded The Society of St Vincent de Paul of over €20,000 by claiming he needed it for urgent medical expenses.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the money went to pay gambling debts. White has 44 previous convictions including fraud and was on bail at the time of these offences.

White, of Hogan Place, Dublin 2, pleaded ….read more

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