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Man appeals 14-year sentence over shooting which hit woman in neck

Court of Appeal

by Gerard Cunningham

A man who fired a handgun through the window of a house in Cork city, hitting a young woman in the neck, has moved to appeal his 14-year sentence.

Gavin Sheehan (31), with an address at Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork city, was found guilty of the possession of a firearm and ammunition, reckless discharge of a firearm and assault causing serious harm to Ciara Sheehan, to whom he is not related, on May 15, 2016. He had denied the charge.

Sheehan was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with the final three years suspended by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin on February ….read more

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Cars bugged as part of Kinahan investigation, conspiracy trial hears

Special Criminal Court

Two cars allegedly used by a man accused of conspiring to murder were among five bugged with secret listening devices by gardai investigating the Kinahan cartel, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8, is charged with conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th, 2017.

The accused has pleaded not guilty.

Today Mr Brannigan’s trial heard evidence from the head of the National Surveillance Unit, Detective Superintendent William Johnson, about the deployment of listening devices on five vehicles – a Seat, a Volkswagen caddy, a Renault Laguna, ….read more

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Banned driver tried to ram pursuing gardai

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Brion Hoban and Fiona Ferguson

A father-of-three who crashed his car into a bollard following a chase and was later found hiding in an attic has been jailed for 18 months.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Edward Stokes (25) forced his way through a junction at Naas Road, Clondalkin, driving through a red light and over a Luas line while a tram was moving through.

Stokes, of Oldcastle Park, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to endangerment and dangerous driving at locations in Clondalkin and Ballyfermot on October 3, 2016.

Detective Garda Ciaran O’Neill told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question ….read more

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Jail for woman (56) who agreed to hold drugs to pay bills

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 56-year-old woman who held drugs valued at over €130,000 for others in order to pay bills and debts after falling on hard times has been jailed for two years.

Marie Penny, who has no previous convictions, had gotten out of her depth after developing a problem with cannabis use. She had run up debts for rent and borrowed money.

Penny, of Landsdowne Gate, Drimnagh, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin, cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin at her home on January 18, 2019.

Judge Cormac Quinn said the aggravating circumstances included the value and type of the ….read more

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Jail for man who rented bank account for €100k "invoice redirection" fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Keegan Davidson. Credit: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Fiona Ferguson

A man who allowed his bank account details to be used in a €100,000 “invoice redirection” fraud has been given a three year sentence with the final two years suspended.

Keegan Davidson (25) gave his bank account details to a criminal gang who then used it in the scam. Detective Garda Thomas Burke told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the fraud gang was known to place adverts on social media looking for people to “rent” out their bank account.

The gang would then use these accounts to launder money stolen from fraud scams.

In ….read more


Second child porn video discovered after man challenged first charge

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A father of five who was sent two videos of child pornography in a WhatsApp group has been jailed for 18 months.

Michael McDonald Agu (57) was being questioned in relation to a seizure of drugs at his home in October 2018, when gardaí confiscated his phone for technical examination.

A two minute video clip depicting a juvenile male raping an infant male, which had been sent to McDonald Agu via a WhatsApp group he was in, was discovered.

Detective Garda Alan Barry said McDonald Agu was charged with the offence of possession of child pornography but his defence team sought a hearing ….read more

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