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Nine Years Jail For Assault, Imprisonment & Hijacking

Two Co. Tipperary men were before Clonmel Circuit Court yesterday and received their sentence, following the assault and imprisonment of a man during a car hijacking incident.

The original incident, which occurred on July 7th of last year (2016) saw a vehicle unlawfully stolen in Clonmel, south Tipperary, and later found burnt out in Tipperary Town. It was during this incident that a male victim was also falsely imprisoned; during which time he was also assaulted.

The charges against both individuals; named as Mr Adam Brady aged 23 years, with an address at Glenoaks Close, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and Mr Ryan Tate aged 19 years, with an address at An Duiche, Scallagheen, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary, included assault causing harm, robbery, the unlawful seizure of a vehicle, false imprisonment and arson.

Judge Mr Tomas Teehan, presiding, sentenced both men connected with the crime, to a total jail term of 24 years, or 12 years each, with the final 3 suspended.

Yesterday’s successful court appearance and prosecutions followed on from investigations carried out jointly by members of an Garda Síochána from both Clonmel and Tipperary Town stations.

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Gardaí Out In Force Today For ‘Slow Down Day’

A reminder and warning that an Garda Síochána will be out in force today, running vehicle speed checks as part of their national “Slow Down Day” initiative.

The 24-hour operation began at 7.00am this morning right across the Irish Republic, with more than 1,000 separate speed checks expected to be set in motion.

During this day in 2016, Gardaí detected over 1,000 breaches of the law in relation to speed limits and were called to attend over 114 traffic collisions; with many classed as serious and one resulting in a tragic fatality.

Garda personnel this year, as part of a motorist education drive, will be providing road safety advice and handing out road safety leaflets, at identified busy locations. Same will highlight that nationally road deaths in 2016 showed a marked increase in fatalities, with most of the 188 road deaths linked to speed.

Statistically a 1% reduction in average driving speed will results in a 4% reduction in fatal collisions. A total of 61 people have lost their lives in crashes so far this year. Same figure represents a decrease of 12 persons compared with this time last year.

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Revenue Seize Tipperary ‘Fag Stash’.

Revenue Commissioners

In excess of some 2,500 cigarettes were seized from an address in Cahir, Co. Tipperary yesterday (May 18th 2017).

The tobacco products, branded as ‘Richman’, ‘M1′ and ‘John Bull’, were found, located as part of a search; embarked on under a warrant, issued to officers of the Revenue Commissioners.

The above named cigarettes brands are understood to hold a retail value of some €1,500, with same representing a potential loss of around €1,300 to the Irish Exchequer.

Contiguous inspections regarding the above seizures are understood to be currently continuing.

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Tipp Woman On Commission For Future Of Policing in Ireland

Membership of the Review Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland unveiled.

The Cabinet have approved a 12 member Review Commission to undertake a ‘root and branch’ review of an Garda Síochána.

In announcing the Commission, An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Mrs Frances Fitzgerald has stated that along with a final report; this new Commission will also introduce and hasten immediate recommendations, which it justifiably feels requires to be implemented within the immediate or short term.

Ms Noeline Blackwell.

The new 12 member review body will include former Tipperary Solicitor Ms Noeline Blackwell; herself a human rights lawyer who is currently Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and was formerly the Director General of the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC).

Ms Blackwell began her career as a solicitor here in Co.Tipperary in the mid 1970’s at the age of 21,  gaining a wide range of legal experience under then employer Mr Kieran Flynn, for some 8 years, before moving to Dublin to set up in practice in the 1980’s.

Named Membership of Review Commission
Along with Ms Blackwell, the new Commission will be Chaired by Ms Kathleen O’Toole, (Seattle Police Chief), and other membership will include Mr Conor Brady (Former Editor of the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune and a previous member of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission from 2005 to 2011); Dr Johnny Connolly (Irish Research Council Enterprise Scholar at the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies at the School of Law in the University of Limerick); Dr Vicky Conway (Current Lecturer in criminal law and criminology in the School of Law and Governance in DCU); Mr Tim Dalton (Retired Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality); Sir Peter Fahy (Chief Constable of Cheshire and previous Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police with 13,000 staff under his command); Dr Eddie Molloy (Independent Management Consultant, Director Advanced Organisation, specialising in Strategy, Organisation Change and Innovation); Ms Tonita Murray (International Police Development Consultant); Dr Antonio M. Oftelie (Executive Director, Leadership for a Networked World and Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard); Professor Donncha O’Connell (Established Professor of Law at the School of Law, NUI Galway), and finally Ms Helen Ryan (Former Chief Executive Officer of Creganna-Tactx Medical from 2005 – 2013).

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Gardaí Close To Arrests In Roscrea Aggravated Burglary Case

Gardaí appear to be “hot on the heels” of raiders who escaped with a small amount of cash, having ransacked the home of former Tipperary hurler Mr ­Jimmy Campion, aged 94, and his wife Mrs Mary Campion, aged 87, in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday night-week last.

The gang members, who also attacked the couple on the night of May 7th last; striking Mr Campion over the head with his own walking stick, leaving him needing several stitches to head wounds, are suspect in a spate of past home burglaries, committed across the Munster and Connacht area, over the past number of years.

Mr Campion, who has now been discharged from the Midland Regional Hospital, in Portlaoise, following his ordeal, is said to be making a good recovery from the injuries to his head.

Yesterday morning Gardaí, who have identified a travelling gang whom they believe are responsible, visited a number of addresses in South County Dublin, including one halting site. During these visits, mobile phones and other articles believed to be linked to the Roscrea raid, were removed for forensic examination, and as part of an evidence-gathering operation. Specialists from the Garda Technical Bureau will now forensically examine clothing taken in the raids, while mobile phones removed will be sent for full scrutiny to the computer crime unit.

Individuals suspected of involvement in this crime are understood to have departed from their previous known addresses, since this recent serious criminal occurrence.

These raids yesterday follow a close study of CCTV footage, taken from various security cameras which were located on or near the Old Dublin Road area of Roscrea town.

Anyone with information on this case are being asked by Gardaí to contact their investigation team on Tel: (0505) 24230 or phone their confidential line on Tel: 1800 666111.

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