Friday 15 December 2017

Drug lord was slumped in cell

a drug lord who died in prison was seen slumped in his cell 15 minutes before the alarm was raised, an inquest has heard.

Colum Carroll (40) from Riverstown, Glanmire in Co Cork was found by prison officers collapsed in his cell at Mountjoy Prison on August 30, 2013. He had been serving a 16-year jail term for possession of €4.5m worth of ecstasy and cocaine.

Dublin Coroner's Court previously heard from the deputy state pathologist that Carroll had died as a result of heroin intoxication. On the second day of the inquest, prison officers said it was presumed Carroll was just sleeping when first seen slumped in his cell. The inquest continues.

Chip man sold fake licences

a chip shop owner helped an allegedly corrupt civil servant sell false driving licences.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Altin Meci (30) was in a relationship with a woman in the Motor Tax Office who was responsible for the issuing licences. Meci would find clients who paid €1,000 per licence. Meci, who comes from Kosovo and now lives in Aulden Grange, Santry, Dublin pleaded guilty to 11 counts of making a false instrument between 2008 and 2010. Judge Patricia Ryan took into account his guilty plea and imposed a one-year suspended sentence and fined him €5,000.

Boy accused of phone thefts

a YOUTH accused of being involved in thefts from St Patrick's Day revellers in the Temple Bar area has been remanded in custody.

The 17-year-old, originally from Romania, appeared at Dublin Children's Court charged with possessing seven stolen phones which were allegedly stolen late on Monday night. He will appear at a bail hearing next Monday.

Free bassist Fraser dies

Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem All Right Now when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California aged 62.

Fraser had been living in the California desert community of Temecula, where he died on Monday. The cause of death emains under investigation.

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