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Father who abused daughter and forced her to write retraction is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father who sexually abused his daughter for six years and had previously forced her to write a letter withdrawing the allegations has been given an eight and a half year sentence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard when she first disclosed the abuse as a nine year old, the victim was beaten and isolated in a bedroom for several days without access to the bathroom.

Six years later, as a 15-year-old, she disclosed at school what was happening to her but her father forced her to write a letter to the authorities withdrawing the allegations.

The 56-year-old man, who cannot be identified to ….read more

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Book of Evidence served on six accused of Hutch murder conspiracy

Special Criminal Court

Six men charged with conspiring to murder Patrick “Patsy” Hutch appeared in the Special Criminal Court this morning.

The books of evidence were served on each of the men and Mr Justice Tony Hunt remanded each of them in custody to appear again on March 9th.

State solicitor Ciara Vibien, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) also told the judge that the prosecution are at an “advanced stage” in terms of disclosure to the defence.

Michael Burns (43), of no fixed abode, Ciaran O’Driscoll (24), with an address at Avondale House, Cumberland Street, Dublin 1, Patrick Curtis (38) and his brother Stephen ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Man to stand trial at Special Criminal Court in connection with drive-by shooting

Special Criminal Court

A man accused of buying petrol and helping to burn out a car used in an attempted murder will be tried at the Special Criminal Court in October.

James Gately, father-of-two from north inner city Dublin, was injured but survived after he was shot five times at a Topaz garage in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, on May 10th, 2017.

Mr Gately (31) was shot in the neck and upper chest while sitting in a car.

Caolan Smyth (28), with an address at Cuileann Court, Donore, Co Meath, was arrested and charged at Coolock Garda station in October 2019 and subsequently appeared before Judge ….read more

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Witness tells capital murder trial that she recognised speeding car

Central Criminal Court

A murder trial witness has said she recognised a car that was traveling “in an awful hurry” on the night a garda was shot dead during a credit union robbery.

Frances Malone was giving evidence in the trial of Aaron Brady, who denies the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

She told Lorcan Staines SC, for the prosecution, that she was driving home with her husband some time after 9pm on January 25, 2013 when she saw two cars coming towards her “very very fast” near the Ballymascanlon roundabout, a short distance from Lordship Credit Union where Det Gda Donohoe ….read more

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Special Criminal Court trial for handgun accused

Special Criminal Court

A 31-year-old man facing a firearms charge will be tried in the Special Criminal Court.

Paul Norton, from Cromcastle Court, Coolock, appeared in the Dublin District Court last October, accused of unlawful possession of a Beretta and 31 rounds of 9mm ammunition at the Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock, Dublin on October 5th, 2019.

State solicitor Ciara Vibien, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), last week requested that Mr Norton be tried in the Special Criminal Court 1.

In certain cases, the DPP can certify that in his or her opinion the ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the effective administration of ….read more

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