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Suspended Prison Sentence For Tipperary Hurler

An All-Ireland winning Tipperary goalkeeper, who won six Munster Championship medals, an All-Star award and a National Hurling League medal, has been given a three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence, having admitted the offence of obtaining €10,000, by deception, from an elderly man, over four years ago, in 2013.

Mr Darren Gleeson, who is scheduled to line out for the defending champions Tipperary in their qualifying match against Westmeath this weekend; this morning, pleaded guilty at Nenagh Circuit Court to a breach of Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

Mr Gleeson was expected to go on trial before Judge Mr Thomas Teehan and a convened and sworn jury, however his barrister Mr John O’Kelly Senior Counsel indicated, at the outset of the court sitting, that a jury would not be required.

Mr Gleeson aged 36 years, with an address at Shesharoe, Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, had been charged with two counts of stealing a total of €32,000 from 80 year old Mr Timothy Heenan in 2013, and two alternate counts of obtaining the same monies by deception. Mr Gleeson pleaded guilty this morning, before the jury panel, to one count of obtaining €10,000 by deception.

Mr Justin Dillon Senior Counsel for the State, directed that this plea was indeed acceptable to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), subject to the facts of the other charge, relating to deception, being put before the court. He said that, in due course, the State would enter a “nolle prosequi” (dismissal or termination of legal proceedings), in relation to the theft charges.


Tipperary Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of A Gun & Explosives

Justice Ms Isobel Kennedy, sitting with Judge Ms Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge Mr James Faughnan, today handed down sentencing to a Tipperary man, who had earlier pleaded guilty, at the Special Criminal Court, to the possession of two pipe-bombs, a pistol and ammunition.

Mr Dylan Cahill, aged 24 years, residing at Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had pleaded guilty last April to the possession of a .380 calibre Colt semi-automatic pistol, together with four rounds of .380 calibre ammunition, at Sradrine, Glefarne, Co Leitrim on May 13th, 2015. He had also pleaded guilty to the possession of two improvised explosive pipe-bomb devices, at the same place on the same date.

Mr Cahill was today sentenced to six years in prison, with the final year suspended, for each of the offences, with the sentences set to run concurrently.

The court had previously heard that the investigating Gardaí were on routine traffic duty on the day in question and had stopped a maroon coloured Volkswagen Passat car, following earlier reports that a vehicle answering a similar description had absconded from a filling station, having failed to pay for fuel.

The car was being driven by Mr Cahill, and on searching the vehicle, Gardaí found a plastic shopping bag on the floor of the front passenger seat, containing a pistol and two pipe bombs.

During subsequent interviews with Gardaí, Mr Cahill stated that he had no idea for what purpose the gun was intended. Gardaí however believe that the gun and pipe bombs were being transported as part of future intended IRA activities.


Suspended Jail Sentence for Tipperary Garda

A Tipperary Garda, convicted of assaulting two women during a night out in Co. Tipperary, has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence. The assaults occurred following a row over payment for a lift home.

Mr Brian Hanrahan, aged 34 years, who was based in Newcastle West, Co Limerick and who is a native of Killenaule, Co Tipperary, with an addresses at Ballintotty, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, was convicted earlier this year of the double offence of assault, causing harm to the two women, named as Ms Emer Kelly and Ms Aisling King.

Mr Hanrahan had denied the charges, which involved punching and kicking one of the woman; while striking the other.

Mr Hanrahan first came to news prominence in 2015 when he suffered spinal injuries and a bullet wound to the leg, following a shooting incident while on holiday in New Orlean in the US state of Louisiana. He had been hospitalised in the United States, before undergoing emergency surgery; on completion of which he was allowed to return home and back to work.

Following a sentencing hearing today, Judge Elizabeth MacGrath stated that the assault on one of the women, Ms Emer Kelly, should be viewed as a serious assault, while the other woman who was assaulted, Ms Aisling King, had been acting as a good Samaritan, in trying to help her friend.

Judge MacGrath imposed a six-month prison sentence, which she suspended for two years, in relevance to the assault on Ms Kelly, and a three-month sentence, suspended for one year, in relevance to the assault on Ms King. Sentencing had been adjourned last February, to allow for the preparation of probation and psychological reports on Mr Hanrahan.


Irish Boxer Pleads Guilty To Criminal Damage In Thurles Court

Thurles District Courthouse

Mr Michael O’Reilly, with an address at No. 20 New Line Close, Mountrath, Co. Laois; who tested positive for a banned substance prior to taking part in the 2016 Rio Olympics, appeared before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath, at Thurles District Court today.

Mr O’Reilly, who has 37 previous convictions, related to road traffic offences, had been summoned to appear, today, to answer charges relating to threatening and abusive behaviour, public intoxication and causing criminal damage. Explaining his late attendance at today’s Court appearance; Mr O’Reilly made it known to the court that same was caused by a necessary medical appointment, requiring blood tests.

Three other co-accused, namely his father Mr Michael O’Reilly (Snr.) with an address at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; Mr Bernard O’Reilly, with an address at Main Road, Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; and Mr James O’Reilly, also of Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, were also in attendance in court.  The latter, Mr James O’Reilly was a juvenile at the time of the committed offences, but is now aged over 18 years old.

Garda Inspector Mr Padraic Powell informed the court that all parties were pleading guilty to the throwing of rocks, damaging a Nissan Micra the property of Mr Michael Doyle, and a Citroen Hatchback, belonging to Ms Mary Doyle. Similar criminal damage was also caused to a Bailey Regency 2001 Caravan, the property of Ms Brigid Doyle. Damage to the caravan it was agreed would be dealt with separately by the families themselves.

While the Doyle and O’Reilly families are related, it is understood that some difference of opinion occurred at an engagement party, which in turn escalated; resulting in the committing of this criminal damage. The court heard that damages of €879.63 was caused to the Nissan Micra, while impairment to the Citroen incurred some €663.98 in repairs.

Judge MacGrath directed that this case be now put back to October 24th 2017, with the condition that all four accused pay compensation in full, by that date.


Tipperary – Had Anything ‘Nicked’ Recently?

Following a series of surveillance led operations by Gardaí in Tipperary and adjoining Garda Divisions, a considerable quantity of stolen equipment has, thankfully, been recovered.

This recovered property includes item such as industrial generators, gardening equipment, chainsaws, power tools, agricultural equipment etc, all believed stolen during burglaries in Ireland and in the UK.

In an effort to reunite this recovered property a ‘Property Recovery Day‘, will take place between 3.00pm and 7.00pm on Tuesday next, June 27th, and on Wednesday next, June 28th, 2017 respectively, in Comerford’s Yard, Tyone, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, (Formerly the old Castle Brand Factory).

Normally property recovered by An Garda Síochána is returned to an identified owner, however this displayed property has as yet not been fully identified or claimed and presently remains in Garda custody.

The victims of crime, attending to view this property, can also readily take advantage of advice from a Crime Prevention Officer and Victims of Crime Services, who will be present on both afternoons.

For further information why not contact the Gardaí at Thurles, Tel: (0504) 25100, or if more appropriate to your area, Kilkenny Garda Station, Tel: (056) 7775000.