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10 years for man who helped criminals murder Noel "Duck Egg" Kirwan

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Det. Supt. Sean Campbell speaks outside court today after the sentencing of Jason Keating. Credit: Collins)

A father-of-three who helped a “sinister and ruthless” criminal organisation carry out the “execution-style murder” of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan has been jailed for ten years by the Special Criminal Court.

Speaking outside court today, Detective Superintendent Sean Campbell said the case showed how an ordinary man with no links to organised crime can be targeted by those involved in Dublin’s “organised feud” and “executed” in front of his family members in callous fashion.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that the “most ….read more

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Criminal burgled six buildings after release from nearby garda station

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin man who had just been released from a garda station burgled six nearby buildings and left behind blood, fingerprints and documents bearing the false name he gave gardaí, a court has heard.

Aaron Dawson (23) had been arrested for a public order offence and had given gardaí a false name and address.

He was released from Swords Garda Station with charge sheets bearing these fake details and he then committed burglaries on adjacent buildings about 250 meters away.

Dawson, of Cushlawn Drive, Tallaght, came to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on signed pleas of guilty to eight charges of burglary and criminal ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Machine gun accused to be tried at non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

Three men charged with having a submachine gun, handguns and ammunition with intent to endanger life are to be tried at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Gary Thompson (34), with an address at Plunkett Green in Finglas, Dublin 11, his brother Glen Thompson (23), of Plunkett Drive, also in Finglas, and Robert Browne (35), of Phibsboro Road in Phibsboro, Dublin 7 are charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life at Belmont Hall Apartments, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 on March 10, 2018.

It is alleged the men had four firearms in their possession – a 9mm ….read more

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Man who stabbed "annoying" beggar in his own home is cleared of murder

Central Criminal Court

A Limerick man has been cleared of murder but found guilty of the manslaughter of an ‘annoying’ beggar, whom he stabbed after going to his home with a knife to ‘stop him demanding money’.

Desmond Coyle told those who restrained him afterwards that he hoped his victim was dead and that he had deserved it. He later told gardai that if he had ‘stopped f***ing annoying me, it wouldn’t have happened’.

The 60-year-old, of Davis Street in the city, was on trial at the Central Criminal Court, charged with murdering Calo Carpaci at lunchtime on 24th May, 2017. He had pleaded ….read more

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Garda in shock after fatal collision, dangerous driving trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Warren Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A garda charged with dangerous driving causing death of a pedestrian was in shock after the fatal collision, his colleague has told a jury.

Warren Farrell (35), a garda serving in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, was on duty as the driver of a marked patrol car that was responding to a panic button call at a Topaz garage when the car struck Elizabeth Core.

Mr Farrell has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Mrs Core at Fonthill Road South on August 28, 2014.

Garda Declan Bambrick told the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that ….read more

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Men wanted for alleged attempted murder of PSNI officer challenge their arrest

High Court

Lawyers for two men wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a PSNI officer have brought legal challenges against their arrest and detention in Co Donegal.

Dublin men Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Park, Finglas South and Sean Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, are wanted in northern Ireland for alleged attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Both men face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

A European Arrest Warrant issued by Northern Irish authorities states that an Improvised Explosive Device was found under the ….read more

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