Five member of a ruthless Dublin gang who had over 300 previous convictions between them and who received sentences of up to 20 years imprisonment for an aggravated burglary perpetrated on a Tipperary family, are set to appeal the length of their sentences.
The gang had been found guilty on October 1st, 2015, of breaking into the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran, and their young children; armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and a machete. Mr Corcoran, the father of 3 children aged eight, six and two years, suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken nose, brought about by a blow from the butt of one of the raiders guns; resulting in him later undergoing four separate surgeries in an effort to reconstruct his face. The children, who were present in the house at the time, were threatened with death.
Luckily Mrs Corcoran managed to dial 999; leaving her mobile phone switched on for Gardaí to eavesdrop on what was happening, as the criminal acts progressed.
The gang members were initially sentenced by Judge Mr Thomas Teehan at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court in 2015 and while not present in court on last Monday, their appeal date was set by Justice Mr George Birmingham for March 2nd, 2017, in the Court of Appeal.
Mr Patrick Gately, aged 28, with an address at Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17, and who had 85 previous convictions, was sentenced to 20 years, with four suspended.
Mr Dean Byrne, aged 22, with an address at Cabra Park, Dublin 17, and who had 120 previous convictions, was also given a sentence of 20 years, with four suspended.
Mr John Joyce, aged 21, of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, Dublin, who had 55 previous convictions, was sentenced to 15 years, with four of those suspended.
Mr Patrick Joyce, aged 24, of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with the final four suspended.
Thomas Flynn aged 22, of Moatview Avenue, Coolock received a 12 year sentence to run consecutively with a sentence already being served.
Local Gardaí were later applauded for their swift action in both apprehending the raiders and in their help to the family afterwards; assisting them through the aftermath of their terrifying ordeal.
The case of these above named five individuals will be viewed by Tipperary residents with great interest in March next year, especially by those who would argue that our present Justice System has become lenient.
One of Ireland’s top greyhounds, stolen in a robbery in the early hours of Monday morning last from Riverside Kennels, Athassel Abbey, Golden, Co. Tipperary; latter owned by top Tipperary trainer Mr Graham Holland, has been located safe and well.
The dog ‘Clares Rocket’, regarded as the Shergar of the greyhound racing world and which is tipped as one of the favourites to win the 2017 English Derby (latter prize of some €300,000), has a potential stud value estimated at some €1m.
Following a Garda Operation yesterday, 6th of December 2016, four males were arrested in relation to the theft. It is understood that two males are being detained at Tipperary Town Garda Station, while two others are being detained in Clonmel Garda Station; all held under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
It was confirmed that a ransom demand was made for the dog’s safe return, however the stolen dog is understood to have been tagged and micro-chipped, which would have helped Gardaí in the determination of its whereabouts.
Three men, understood to be aged between 17 and 27 years, were arrested on Friday afternoon last, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and are being questioned at three different Garda stations.
The arrests follow a major operation undertaken which involved Gardaí from Co. Limerick and Co. Tipperary.
Some 20 Gardai were involved in the searches of houses and property in the areas of Cappawhite, Bruff and Cappamore; seizing cannabis valued at around €10,000 together with numerous identified stolen goods, including power tools.
The three arrests were made as part of a joint operation involving ‘Operation Thor’; set up in 2015 to actively target organised crime gangs and repeat offenders, through co-ordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity to protect rural communities.
Those arrested are understood to include two individuals from the area of Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary and one from the locality of Bruff, Co. Limerick.
Judge Sean O’Donnabhain, in Cork Circuit Criminal Court, has remanded three people on continuing bail, following their guilty pleas, which contributed to the tragic death of a Cork teen.
The now deceased teenager, Mr Alex Ryan, aged 18, of Liscahane, Millstreet, Co Cork, became violently ill at a house party held at St Patrick’s Terrace, Green Street, Co. Cork, on January 19th last. Mr Ryan unfortunately died from cardiac arrest having ingested a psychedelic drug which deprived his brain of an adequate oxygen supply; according to a Cork Coroner’s Court inquest held in June of this year.
The three individuals remanded on continuing bail are named as:-
Mr Ruairí Maher, aged 22, with an address at Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Latter had pleaded guilty previously to conspiring with another to handle drugs, namely “N Bomb” or “Smiles” (Sold illegally as an alternative to LSD or Mescaline), for sale or supply.
Mr Harry Clifton, aged 29, with an address at St Finbarr’s Place, Proby’s Quay, Cork who pleaded guilty to four charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act, included possession of Cannabis, “N Bomb”, DMT (Known as “Businessman’s Trip”), MDMA (Known as Ecstasy), all for sale or supply, on January 18th last.
Miss Jessica O’Connor, aged 20, with an address at Rosebank House, Ballyhar, Killarney, Co Kerry, who pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiring with another to possess a controlled substance, namely “N Bomb”, for sale or supply in Cork city also on January 18th last.
Sentencing has been set for Wednesday next (November 23rd).
The State Pathologist has been notified following the discovery of the body of a male, in his forties, found dead with what is understood to be stab wounds at a house in Co Tipperary in the early hours of this morning.
Gardaí have arrested a woman in her mid-forties in relation to the incident, after the body was discovered at a residents at ‘The Maltings’, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, shortly after 2.30am.
The arrested female is being detained at Nenagh Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Gardaí in Roscrea were alerted to the incident in the area this morning and attended the scene, where a male suffering apparent stab wounds was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardaí have preserved the scene and are currently investigating.