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Yesterday’s News


Friday 26 February, 2016

Drama teacher jailed for raping girl (7) at Offaly school

The victim said a woman at the school had told her not to tell her mother about the abuse.

A man has been acquitted of raping a woman during a night out in Donegal

The woman said she left the nightclub to make a phone call when the accused went with her.

Tuesday 23 February, 2016

A teacher who raped a seven-year-old student is appealing because a juror was 'smiling'

The victim, now aged 25, said the pain was “unbelievable”.

Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Judge praises sex workers' "courage and determination", returns "hard earned" cash stolen from them

The prosecution in the case of thief Mantas Grazevicius had suggested that two sex workers’ earnings that Grazevicius had stolen be confiscated by the State.


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.

Wednesday 27 January, 2016

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.

Friday 22 January, 2016

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.

Tuesday 19 January, 2016

Judge warns head lice removal company they must pay employee for jury duty

“I’m happy to serve but I fear I may lose my job,” the woman told Justice McCarthy.

Monday 18 January, 2016

"I can't go out on my own anymore..." - Victim impact statement of woman with Down syndrome read to court

Faisal Ellahi was found guilty of rape and sexual assault last month.


Tuesday 12 January, 2016

Man jailed after pretending to be a girl online so he could have sex with teen

He told her he was a teenage girl called ‘Julie’ after meeting her on the website

Tuesday 22 December, 2015

Victim in horrific abuse case: "Some people had cereal for breakfast, I seemed to be molested for breakfast"

A 51-year-old Wicklow man is to be sentenced in February for raping and sexually assaulting two boys hundreds of times.

Friday 18 December, 2015

"Absolutely correct" - Man found guilty of raping woman with Down syndrome

The judge said the man’s claims that the woman had consented to the acts was “absolutely ludicrous”.

Wednesday 9 December, 2015

Rape trial hears from accused who claims woman with Down syndrome enjoyed sexual activity

The Pakistani man also said that in his country people with mental disabilities are kept in hospitals or at home.

Friday 4 December, 2015

Woman with Down syndrome could not consent to sex, court told

A man is accused of luring the woman back to his house and raping her after she became separated from her mother.


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”.

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.

Monday 16 November, 2015

Woman who broke DART passenger's eye-socket spared jail at victim's request

Leanne Goode was convicted of assaulting Paula McCarthy by punching her in the face – but her victim appealed for leniency.

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

She was under 17 years of age at the time.

Friday 13 November, 2015

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.

Tuesday 10 November, 2015

Man attacked 73-year-old parking warden with bolt cutters after getting two tickets in one day

“The redness descended on him”, his lawyer told the court today.

Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Limerick man jailed for six years after sexually abusing young nephew

His now 32-year-old victim said the abuse has torn his family apart.

Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Dublin man convicted of using fake social media profile to convince young girl to have sex

The 26-year-old set up a profile as a 13-year-old girl called “Julie” and later introduced himself as Julie’s brother.

Monday 19 October, 2015

Man jailed for using Facebook to try to get sisters (12 and 14) to have sex with him

He tried to get one of the girls to bring her sister so he could ‘train’ her

Thursday 15 October, 2015

Man caught cycling with stolen phone box under his jacket is jailed for three years

Judge Martin Nolan said Austin Byrne (38) was either a “very incompetent or very unlucky” burglar.

Friday 7 August, 2015

Man jailed after raping girl (14) in a field as she was walking to a friend's house

Martin Stokes (24) was jailed for ten years after a trial in which he called the girl a liar.

Friday 31 July, 2015

Anglo officials jailed for trying to hide accounts connected to Sean FitzPatrick

The three were found guilty on all charges.

Thursday 30 July, 2015

Anglo verdict was delayed over anonymous claim about jury foreman

The three accused had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to conceal or alter accounts.

Friday 24 July, 2015

Ex-Anglo officials hid accounts from taxman, jury told

Closing speeches are taking place in the trial of three former Anglo officials.

Friday 17 July, 2015

Revenue official pocketed nearly €20,000 in motoring fines

John Kelly’s job was to collect the fines from people who hadn’t paid vehicle registration tax.

Fake reporter threatened to put sex offender “beside Larry Murphy” in newspaper

31-year-old John Murphy pretended to be a journalist to extort money from an elderly sex offender.

Thursday 9 July, 2015

No jail for 'out of his head' Dublin man who attacked shopkeeper with broken sword

The shopkeeper confronted the man as he tried to steal sweets.

Monday 6 July, 2015

Sean Fitzpatrick told employee not to submit accounts to Revenue, Anglo Irish trial is told

Three Anglo officials are in court, accused of hiding accounts connected to Mr FitzPatrick.

Friday 19 June, 2015

Tipperary man jailed for raping young girl who believed he was her Dad

Michael Smith will spend at least 12 years in prison.

Tuesday 16 June, 2015

Anglo officials in court accused of hiding records linked to Sean FitzPatrick

The three are charged with hiding accounted linked with Seán Fitzpatrick.

Wednesday 10 June, 2015

A trial of Anglo officials ran out of jurors today

13 were objected to by counsel for the State and the defendants.

Wednesday 13 May, 2015

Fake journalist threatened to publish man's picture 'beside one of Larry Murphy'

The man extorted money from an elderly sex offender.

Saturday 9 May, 2015

Pensioner jailed for two years for sexually abusing his sister-in-law

The judge said that it was the maximum term she was able to impose.

Friday 24 April, 2015

Gail O'Rorke cleared on two charges of assisting the suicide of her friend

The jury were ordered to acquit her due to a lack of evidence.

Thursday 23 April, 2015

Gail O'Rorke says someone else was with her friend when she took her own life

Gail O’Rorke has named a woman who she says was with her friend when she died.

Monday 20 April, 2015

Jury in assisted suicide case hears the last words of dead woman

A woman who was a friend of the dead woman is the first person in the State to be charged with the offence.