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Aspiring DJ concealed heroin in buttocks

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An aspiring DJ found concealing heroin in his buttocks in a garda station will be sentenced later.

Mark Sorahan (44), who has 113 previous convictions, told gardaí he had bought the drugs in an effort to make money to fund repairs to his girlfriend’s car.

Sorahan, of Ferrycarrig Drive, Coolock, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin for sale or supply and obstruction of a garda in the course of a search at Priorswood Road, Priorswood on March 16, 2018.

Sergeant Killian Leydon told John Berry BL, prosecuting, that he observed Sorahan, who was driving a van, conduct ….read more

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Court orders Travellers to vacate Cabragh Bridge site

High Court

The High Court has made orders requiring members of the Travelling Community to vacate an unofficial halting in Co Tipperary by Tuesday of next week.

The orders were granted by Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds in favour of Tipperary County Council against eight persons whose presence at Cabragh Bridge, Cabragh, Thurles, it is alleged constitutes a public nuisance.

The council’s proceedings are against William McCarthy, Elizabeth McCarthy, Mary Ellen McCarthy, Jimmy McCarthy, John McCarthy, Winnie McCarthy, Belinda O’Reilly and Ned O’Reilly.

Last week the council obtained permission to serve short notice of the proceedings against the defendants. ….read more

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High Court clears way for senior Garda to progress claim against State

High Court

The High Court has dismissed applications by the Public Appointments Service and the State to strike out a senior garda’s action over an allegedly flawed recruitment process for the position of Deputy Commissioner.

In her judgement on Wednesday, Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds cleared the way for proceedings brought by Assistant Commissioner John Fintan Fanning to proceed to a full hearing.

Mr Fanning was also entitled to include an issue concerning the alleged non-disclosure of an anonymous letter as part of his claim against the defendants, the judge ruled.

In proceedings that commenced in 2015, Mr Fanning seeks declarations to the ….read more

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Dad-of-three jailed for raping woman in car

Central Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban & Sonya McClean

A father-of-three who raped a woman in the back of his car while on a trip to the beach has been jailed for six and a half years.

The man (37), a Pakistani national who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and sexual assault on a beach in Dublin on October 29, 2015.

Following a trial in May of this year, a jury found him guilty of the count of rape. The jury disagreed on the count of sexual assault.

Ms Justice Tara ….read more

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Murder accused said boyfriend had attacked her

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A woman, who stabbed her boyfriend to death, said that he had attacked her and she had several injuries afterwards, including a bite mark to her face.

A number of witnesses also told the Louth woman’s trial that the deceased’s trousers were down at his ankles following the New Year’s morning stabbing. One passerby said that the accused had said not to call an ambulance.

The Central Criminal Court jury heard the evidence today in the trial of the 46-year-old, who is charged with murdering the 30-year-old in her Drogheda home five years ago.

Paula Farrell, of Rathmullen ….read more

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Butcher admits handling slice of stolen profits

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An out of work butcher has admitted he handled a slice of the stolen profits from his former boss, a court has heard.

Jason Mahony (35) of Avonbeg, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at Tymonville Lawn, Tallaght on May 16, 2016. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering on dates in May 2016.

Detective Garda Ronan Coffey gave evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that in May 2016 he began an investigation into a break in at McLoughlin’s butchers in Ballyfermot, Dublin on May 13. €15,861 had been stolen and a former employee, was suspected to ….read more

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