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# courts - Today’s News


# courts - Friday 27 November, 2015

Man accused of raping woman who has Down syndrome pleads not guilty

The man said that the woman “is a bad person”.

Homeless man to receive payout of €4,500 from €1.5 million trust fund

Declan Heffernan had asked the court to grant him the money to tide him through the “bitter winter months”.


# courts - Thursday 26 November, 2015

Woman awarded €30,000 after being told “just do the f**king job”

The woman claimed she had been asked to do “illegal tasks”.

From Business ETC Software pirate ordered to make a viral video to avoid paying a major fine Unusual Punishment

Software pirate ordered to make a viral video to avoid paying a major fine

The Czech Republic courts said it won’t force the man to pay around €350,000 in damages if his anti-piracy video gets 200,000 views on YouTube.

# courts - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

A man who posted photos of his wife’s dead body to Facebook is convicted of murder

Derek Medina wrote under the photos that he had suffered years of abuse.

Man (25) charged with murder of mother at family home in Cork

A psychiatric assessment has been ordered for Paul Horgan, whose mother Marian was killed on Monday.

# courts - Tuesday 24 November, 2015

Woman with special needs tells rape trial that man took her to house for sex

She had become separated from her mother while out walking in Dublin.

Dunnes worker awarded €15k after slipping on wet floor while carrying box of doughnuts

Alison Leavey’s wrist was injured after it was caught in a door.

Man jailed for charging pensioner €14,000 for doing €1,000 worth of work

Thomas Coffey pleaded guilty to defrauding 81-year-old Sinclair Downey in September 2013.

# courts - Monday 23 November, 2015

Man denied sex with 15-year-old until it was proven he was her baby’s father

“It is the greatest mistake of my life. It is a great lesson to me because now I will go to prison,” he told investigators.

Man found guilty of killing 26-year-old “gentle giant” on St Stephen’s Day

David Spain was stabbed in Shankill in 2013.

Homeless man appeals for money from his mother’s €1.5m trust fund

Declan Heffernan said he has been homeless since a fire damaged his house in January.

# courts - Friday 20 November, 2015

Defence team for Veronica Guerin’s killer says court must look at ‘flaw’ in original trial

The convicted killer of the journalist is seeking for his conviction to be quashed.

Boy who bought car with birthday money gets 16 months for killing friend in crash

The boy was 15 at the time and cannot be named.

Driver (19) who broke red light and hit 6-year-old girl jailed for 12 months

The child’s mother thought she was dead in the wake of the crash – but she has since made a good recovery.

Ex-Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years

Fogle was given the sentence for having sex with minors and possessing child pornography.

# courts - Thursday 19 November, 2015

Woman loses case after suing Lidl for €75k over groceries placed in a baby buggy

The woman sued Lidl for defamation after staff asked her if she paid for some motor oil in the buggy.

Veronica Guerin’s killer is appealing his conviction for her murder

On 26 June 26 1996, Veronica Guerin was shot in her car at traffic lights on the Naas Road.

# courts - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

Man who defecated in Garda interview room sentenced to 16 months

Alan Stone committed the act in the middle of his interview for stealing Fairy Liquid tablets.

Dublin Airport WON’T have to pay woman €60,000 for fall

Sally Moses said she did not see a step because it was not adequately illuminated.

# courts - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Drunk driver who killed a woman and paralysed another jailed for four years after successful appeal

Sean Casey (27) had originally been sentenced to seven years in prison.

# courts - Monday 16 November, 2015

Jail term ‘unduly lenient’ for ‘worst case of dangerous driving in history of the State’

Shaun Kelly from Donegal will be re-sentenced next month

Former fireman sentenced to seven years over sexual relationship with young teen

She was under 17 years of age at the time.

Judge rules out effect of ‘high heels and a tight skirt’ in Ryanair back-pain damages claim

A former employee’s case was ultimately lost because the airline showed they’d provided bag-lifting training.

Woman convicted of microwaving her daughter to death

Prosecutors say Ka Yang put her daughter in a microwave for between two-and-a-half to five minutes.

# courts - Friday 13 November, 2015

“Sorry madam, wrong house” – would-be burglar jailed for three years

David Mantle was attacked with a walking stick by his 83-year-old victim when he broke into her house.

Man jailed for having sex with his underage step-sister when he was a teenager

Russell Ward (23) has been jailed for 18 months for carrying on the relationship which began when he was 16 and his step-sister was 12.

Man who raped two young girls in Athlone moves to appeal ‘excessive’ life sentence

The 32-year-old man is looking to appeal his sentence, arguing that he co-operated fully with the investigation.

Nathan Matthews will spend at least 33 years in prison for killing his step-sister Becky Watts

Shauna Hoare was handed down a 17-year prison sentence.


‘I was nine when he first abused me, I was home from school because I was sick’

Emma and Vanessa Witherow’s mother stood by their stepfather after he was jailed for sexually abusing them over ten years.

# courts - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Man, who demanded ‘drug debt money’ from another man’s father, jailed for one year

Daniel Malone was found guilty of demanding money with menaces in June of this year.

Limerick man sentenced to 12 and a half years for brutal, repeated rape of woman in her home

Alan Hanley received concurrent sentences for three counts of rape, a more serious attack than which would be ‘hard to envisage’ according to judge Deirdre Murphy.

# courts - Wednesday 11 November, 2015

Becky was a ‘beautiful, happy, funny, feisty, caring, loyal and witty girl’

Tributes were paid to the 16-year-old girl today as her murderer was found guilty.

Man accused of killing 63-year-old along with his sister changes his plea to guilty

Thomas Horan was killed in January, 2014.

‘Very good man’ who stole almost €1.7 million from Credit Union jailed

The total net loss amounted to €453,300 as he was repaying debts he already had with the banks.


Stepbrother of Becky Watts found guilty of her murder

His girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, found guilty of manslaughter.

# courts - Tuesday 10 November, 2015

Margot Seery’s daughter: ‘I think of the pure terror she went through’

Howard Kelly confessed to killing Margot Seery last year. Her 1994 death was not thought to be suspicious at the time.

The unusual case of a woman found guilty of raping a severely disabled student

Anna Stubblefield told the man’s family that she had helped him communicate with her.

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