MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTY

first_imgJudge Paul KellyTWO men accused of assaulting two other men on a night out in Ballybofey have been found not guilty at their trial in Letterkenny.Keith Flynn, who is 29 and from 13 Railway Ave Killygordon and Ciaran White, who is 24 and from Dreenan in Ballybofey denied a January 2011 attack on two local men – Don Moss and David Russell. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday January 6th that year.Defence lawyers accepted that Mr Moss and Mr Russell were attacked, but insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.A Garda officer told the court that his patrol car was flagged down after 3am in Glenfin Street and two men – Mr Moss and Mr Russell – reported they had been assaulted by a group of males and had facial injuries.Their friend – and Mr Moss’s sister-in-law – Linda Doherty said she had witnessed the assault and identified Mr Flynn and Mr White as the assailants.In June 2011 both men were arrested but refused to give statements.Mr Moss told Judge Paul Kelly that he had left a disco at Jacksons with his friend Mr Russell to go to Main Street for food and a taxi.“We were walking up Glenfin Street when a group people walked past us. Words were spoken – someone said something about ‘yous old men shouldn’t be out’,” said Mr Moss.Mr Moss said he backed away, fell to the ground and he was kicked repeatedly in the face, chest and head. He lost consciousness.He didn’t know who his assailants were.Mr Russell said the men who attacked them had said something like: “Boys your age shouldn’t be out at this time of night.”He said he was held whilst Mr Moss was kicked on the ground.Linda Doherty gave extensive evidence and viewed CCTV footage.She said Mr Flynn and Mr White repeatedly kicked and punched Moss.“I screamed at them to stop. I was told to stay out of it; to not get involved,” said Ms Doherty.She said two girls who were with the alleged assailants walked on.“One of them told Davy: ‘I’m going to slit your throat’,” she alleged.“I shouted ‘Please Keith stop this’; they were roaring at him (Mr Flynn) and kicking him in the head.”She was asked if she had had a relationship with Keith Flynn.But she said she knew him ten years and admitted once kissing him saying: “It was just kissing – he was always a gentleman.”She said she had known Ciaran White for around three years.The victims and Ms Doherty said Mr White and Mr Flynn were together on the night when the incident happened.However Mr Flynn and Mr White, backed up by separate witnesses, said they had even been together that night.Mr White said he hadn’t been out that night and had arrived at the scene by car along with friends Michael Lafferty and Derek Robinson.He said he saw people fighting in Glenfin Street, but didn’t know who they were.Mr Flynn told Judge Paul Kelly that he had been in Jacksons with his girlfriend, a friend and his friend’s girlfriend.He said he remembered being accused by Linda Doherty of striking somebody, but he hadn’t and told her she was confused.He said his friend Aaron Neeson got struck in the back of the head and he had gone back to see if he was ok.He said there were 20 people in the area at the time.“There was some sort of scuffle, but I didn’t see anyone getting kicked on the ground. She (Linda) was accusing me of being in a fight.“We had walked up the street and my friend had been struck and we went back to see what happened.”Mr Neeson also gave evidence and largely confirmed what Mr Flynn said.Aileen Holmes – girlfriend of Keith Flynn – told the court: “Linda was roaring at Keith. She was accusing him of hitting somebody. He hadn’t hit anyone. There was a lot of roaring and shouting going on.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian argued before the judge that it was clear that two men had been assaulted on the night in question but it was completely unclear as to who had carried out the attack.There were a large number of people leaving Jacksons Disco and the evidence of defence witnesses had made it clear that neither of them were involved.Judge Paul Kelly said there was “a considerable amount of confusion” about what had happened on the night.He said Ms Doherty and Ms Holmes in particular had given what they believed to be clear evidence.“But they both can’t be right,” said the judge.“There were considerable conflicts in the evidence; I have just about sufficient doubt not to proceed to convictions in this matter.”The assault charges were dismissed.MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTYlast_img read more

Computer expert jailed for three years for horrific sex crimes

first_imgA computer expert who spied on children in public toilets using hidden cameras and placed secret cameras in his bathroom to spy on visitors has been jailed.Kieran Griffin showed no emotion as he was sentenced to a total of three years in prison for a range of sexual offences by Judge John Aylmer at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal today. The 57-year-old had pleaded guilty to a range of offences including making child pornography and possessing child pornography.Griffin, a distinctive man who often wore a kilt, had studied computers at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Gardai first became aware of him when he was spotted indulging in lewd behaviour in the toilets of Letterkenny Shopping Centre in Co Donegal on July 8th, 2016.He was using a covert camera wrapped in a newspaper to spy on young boys in the toilets.At the time, was found in possession of two phones, a memory card and a covert pen camera.Gardai then obtained a search warrant was secured and officers raided his home at Cashel, Fanad as they continued their investigation.They seized a number of items including a Sony laptop and other hard-drives as well as a five-page child pornographic story entitled ‘Swimland Beaver Patrol.’All the items were sent for analysis to the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau in Dublin.Garda Detective Stephen McGonagle outlined to the court the contents of the material found on Griffin’s computer.He revealed how the covert camera pen had been placed in Griffin’s bathroom at the home he shared with his elderly mother.The video recordings showed Griffin setting up the camera and then it showed a young woman using the bathroom, including scenes of her naked while showering.Other material found on hard-drives on the laptop seized showed Griffin engaging semi-naked chatting in a sexually explicit manner to boys as young as 14 years old.Garda Detective McGonagle was asked by Judge John Aylmer if he knew where these victims lived or what country they were from.Detective McGonagle said the young boys spoke broken English and he thought they were foreign nationals but that Interpol had not yet traced the victims.He added that he had been told by fellow detectives who specialised in such investigations that it would be “next to impossible” to identify the boys involved.Detectives interviewed Griffin on a number of occasions and he later pleaded guilty of a range of charges including possession of child pornography and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour on dates between 2011 and 2017.The accused man’s brother John took to the witness stand and said the investigation had ripped his family apart but that Griffin was still his brother.“None of us would attempt to condone this in any way,” he said, adding that he had broken the family trust.He added that if his brother went to prison his elderly mother, whom Griffin was now a carer for, would have to go into a care home.“If she has to go into a home I don’t think she’ll survive very long,” he added.The accused man was asked to take the stand and he apologised to his victims and to his family for all he had put them through.He said he could have easily clicked past to the next screen when young boys appeared on the chat room but he chose not to.The court was told that Griffin was a daily church-goer but that he had been fired from his previous job following publicity about his pending court case.A number of reports were handed into court by Griffin’s legal team for Judge John Aylmer to consider before sentencing.His barrister Ciaran O’Rourke said there was no question that the material seized was every distributed to other people or that Griffin had profited from the material.Judge Aylmer released the accused on his own bail for sentence in March so he could consider today’s sentence.Judge Aylmer went through each of a large number of offences committed by Griffin.These included six charges of producing child pornography for which he said the term of imprisonment was six years on each charge.However, he said he placed Griffin’s offences in the mid-range and said these charges merited a term of four years.He further sentenced Griffin for charges of possession of child pornography for 18 months but was reduced to 12 months.Judge Aylmer said there were a number of mitigating factors in Griffin’s favour and these included his early guilty plea and the fact that there was no evidence of profiteering or distribution form the videos he made.He said it was also clear that Griffin had been a hard-working man who had an issue with alcohol and was in need of help with his mental health.He also noted he had been a carer for his late father and was still a carer for his mother and that his time in custody would be another unfortunate consequence of his crimes.He said he would also suspend the last 12 months of the four-year jail sentence on the agreement that Griffin agreed to comply with the probation services and other authorities for two years from when he was released from jail.Griffin was hugged by his brother as he was led away in handcuffs by prison officers.Computer expert jailed for three years for horrific sex crimes was last modified: July 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn 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