Criminal law



Supreme Court: Mandatory minimum sentence for possession of firearms repugnant to the Constitution

A man who was given a five-year custodial sentence for possession of a firearm has been granted a declaration that s.27A(8) of the Firearms Act 1964, which imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, is repugnant to the Constitution.

Published 16 May 2019

Supreme Court: Man serving seven years for manslaughter loses appeal against sentence

A man who was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Published 12 April 2019

Maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder to be increased to life under private member's bill

The maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder could be increased from 10 years to life imprisonment under a private member's bill backed by Fianna Fáil.

Published 8 April 2019

Rapist jailed for further 20 months after threatening garda in court

A rapist who followed a garda around a courtroom, shouting that he hoped she would "get run over by a bus", has been sentenced to an additional 20 months in prison.

Published 5 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man sentenced to five years for conspiracy to import and possession of cocaine loses appeal against conviction

A man who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for conspiracy to import and possession with intent to supply cocaine has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 4 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man who refused to comply with licence conditions loses appeal against recall to custody

A man who was recalled to prison when he ignored G4S staff who arrived at his home to fit electronic monitoring equipment on the night of his release has lost an appeal against his recall.

Published 2 April 2019

Lawyers for man charged with assault argue for dismissal following Supreme Court ruling

Lawyers for a man charged with assault have argued that the case should be thrown out because the prosecution could not prove the alleged injured party did not consent to the incident.

Published 22 March 2019

Craigavon Crown Court: Man who killed father’s partner on Christmas Day must serve 17 years before being considered for release

A man who killed his dad’s partner on Christmas Day 2017 has been sentenced to a minimum period of 17 years before he can be considered for release by the Parole Commissioners.

Published 19 March 2019

Court of Appeal: Unduly lenient sentence for attempted murder increased to 11 years

A man who pleaded guilty shortly before trial to offences of attempted murder, criminal damage, and resisting police, has had his sentence for attempted murder increased after the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal agreed with the Director of Public Prosecutions that the initial sentence was unduly lenient.

Published 12 March 2019

Belfast Crown Court: Dissident republican sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder of police officers

A dissident republican who was caught planting a bomb under a police officer’s car in 2015 has been sentenced to 25 years for the attempted murder of two police officers, together with a concurrent sentence of 20 years for possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Published 11 March 2019

High Court judge challenges DPP over 'last minute' disclosures ahead of rape and murder trials

A judge of the High Court has challenged the Director of Public Prosecutions to take steps to address the "last minute" disclosure of records for upcoming rape and murder trials.

Published 6 March 2019

Ireland must 'do better' for children in care who come into contact with justice system

Ireland must "do better" for the small minority of children in care who come into contact with the criminal justice system, according to new research on the link between care and justice.

Published 28 February 2019

Man committed to Central Mental Hospital after manslaughter conviction declared 'perverse'

A man has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital by the Court of Appeal after judges declared that a jury decision to find him guilty of manslaughter, despite unanimous expert opinion that he was legally insane, was "perverse".

Published 27 February 2019

Drink driving conviction referred back to court by Criminal Cases Review Commission

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has referred a Northern Ireland man's drink driving conviction to the County Court.

Published 14 February 2019

High Court: Accused was lawfully detained when giving urine sample two hours after drunk driving arrest

The lawfulness of a man’s detention was referred to the High Court by way of case stated, after a complaint was made regarding the two-hour delay in a doctor arriving at the Garda station for the purposes of taking a sample of urine.

Published 13 February 2019