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# courts - Today’s News


# courts - Saturday 6 February, 2016

“Jilted lover” has sentence for harassing and assaulting former partner suspended

The man had followed the woman on a bus journey twice, and also assaulted her with a lamp and hair straightener.

# courts - Friday 5 February, 2016

Wheelchair-user awarded €132,000 after court finds gardaí falsely imprisoned her

The jury found gardaí had trespassed and falsely imprisoned her in her home while questioning her about a missing iphone.

Trainee montessori teacher who sexually assaulted four-year-old girl to be sentenced next month

The girl told her parents he had taken photos of her “bum” and “pants”.

Man who left Garda in wheelchair after crushing him with stolen car jailed for seven years

Patrick McDonagh pleaded guilty to causing serious harm to Garda Ciaran Murrihy in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, last August.

‘Black Irishman’ wins court case after racist assault by bus driver

Bus Éireann made a financial settlement with the complainant.


Woman awarded €16k in damages after suffering whiplash when driver ‘tipped’ her car

The woman said she suffered injuries to her neck and left shoulder.

# courts - Thursday 4 February, 2016

“Very, very nasty” man who tried to bite a Garda and said “I have the virus” jailed

Noel Kinsella was sentenced for obstruction after refusing to be searched.

Man claims government department gave private investigator his personal information

David Lannon has alleged that the information was given to the investigator on behalf of Allied Irish Bank.

# courts - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

“He was so calm after what he had done” – court hears murder accused showed no emotion after killing

The accused has pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of insanity.

Former army private jailed for six years for attempted rape at his home

28-year-old Bernard Fleming had pleaded not guilty to the attempted rape which happened after he met the victim outside an early house in Dublin in 2011.

Man previously jailed for damaging €10m Monet painting convicted of having rare stolen books

Andrew Shannon told investigators he bought the books at a fair for about £300 and was using them to decorate his house.

Walker sues for €60k after falling and cutting her knee while hiking Wicklow Way

Teresa Wall says the ‘boardwalk was in a disgraceful state’.

# courts - Monday 1 February, 2016

Garda “ferociously and viciously” attacked by pit bulls during drug search

“It was horrific. I’ve never ever seen anything like that. The dogs were ripping open his leg. He was screaming and there was blood everywhere,” his colleague said.

Kilkenny man pleads not guilty to murdering woman in shopping centre

29-year-old Shane Smyth plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

# courts - Saturday 30 January, 2016

Student jailed for 11 months for wrecking holiday home on St Patrick’s Day

The judge said he had no choice but to impose a custodial sentence.

# courts - Friday 29 January, 2016

Man who ‘jabbed’ stranger in buttock with knife avoids jail

The incident occurred in a nightclub in Tallaght, Dublin.

Man who wrote graffiti saying “Pakis out now” believed Muslims “wanted to take over and kill everyone”

Mark Hobbs, a 50-year-old English man living in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, escaped a jail sentence having pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

# courts - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Man accused of possessing 67 allegedly stolen antique books said that he “can’t read too well.”

The man pleaded not guilty to possessing the books at his home while knowing or being reckless as to whether they were stolen.

Court hears how “mob of 40 people” prevented repossession of well-known bridal store

A receiver had attempted to repossess McElhinney’s of Athboy on Friday 16 January.

Former Scientologist sent message “connected with death of Jim Carrey’s girlfriend” to Church member

The hearing regarding an assault charge against John McGhee is the second trial concerning the Church of Scientology in front of the Circuit Civil Court today.

Hospital ‘solely responsible and negligent’ for cleaner being pricked by needle

St Vincent’s Hospital was found to be solely liable in the case.

Special needs assistant loses damages claim after accusing principal of bullying

The woman had claimed she suffered anxiety and distress as a result of her treatment by the principal.

# courts - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

From Business ETC Almost 580 jobs to go as liquidator appointed to Xtra-vision BUST

Almost 580 jobs to go as liquidator appointed to Xtra-vision

The movie chain blamed poor Christmas sales and the declining rental market.

Man accused of mugging schoolchildren throws Coke bottle at judge

Clyde Keogh is charged with stealing a number of schoolchildren’s phones and threatening to stab them.

Lowry hits out at ‘erroneous claims’ of bribery and perjury

The independent TD has criticised a High Court ruling against him today.

Man on trial for having ancient stolen books in his house

51-year-old Andrew Shannon stands accused of unlawfully possessing the antique books which were taken from Carton House in Co Kildare in or around 2006.

# courts - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

Father (71) jailed for six years for ‘heinous’ sexual abuse of three children

The children ranged in age between six and 15 years during the period of abuse.

Boy awarded over €50,000 after getting head stuck in electric gates

The boy had been rescued when a neighbour heard him calling for help.

# courts - Monday 25 January, 2016

Mother fears she will “have to sleep rough” after county council refuses emergency accommodation

The family have been refused accommodation by Kildare Co Council the High Court heard today.

“She’s not well. It’s very difficult for her to face him” – trial begins of ‘Sweden’s Fritzl’

The trial began today of a man accused of drugging, raping and detaining a young woman in a bunker.

Married man jailed for 18 months for intimidating sex worker

The married man had threatened to expose the woman as a prostitute if she did not drop the charges.

‘He can enter a bond and clear off’: Judge sentencing man who raped woman with Down syndrome

“This victim’s life has been upended in the most radical way,” Justice Tony Hunt said today.

# courts - Friday 22 January, 2016

“Everyone is entitled to one mistake” – Man avoids jail for ‘unprovoked’ nightclub attack

His victim was left with a broken jaw, and had nine staples inserted into his skull.

Tears in court as mother is found guilty of starving and abusing her children for five years

The woman was convicted of choking and attempting to drown one daughter, and trying to hit her two sons with her car.

Man who forced boy to have sex with him when they were both minors pleads with judge not to jail him

The man says a jail term may make him suicidal. He has been convicted of forcing his friend to have sex at his home in 2011 when he was 15.

Solicitor who claimed he was in IRA to be quizzed over Birmingham pub bombings

The man is now a Dublin-based solicitor.

# courts - Thursday 21 January, 2016

Dublin GAA coach gets 2 years for possessing €5,000 worth of cannabis

The sentence will run alongside another sentence he is currently serving for drugs possession.

Brown Thomas could be getting a full pub license

The Grafton Street store is currently refurbishing its third floor restaurant.

Killer of Melanie McCarthy McNamara has jail term cut

Dublin man Keith Hall has had his 20-year sentence cut by two-and-a-half years.

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