Written Answers. - Special Criminal Court.

Wednesday, 4 July 1990

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 401 No. 1

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  73.  Miss Quill  Information on Máirín Quill  Zoom on Máirín Quill   asked the Minister for Justice  Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke   the number of people tried in the Special Criminal Court in 1989; whether they pleaded guilty or not; and the outcome of cases of those who pleaded not guilty.

  74.  Miss Quill  Information on Máirín Quill  Zoom on Máirín Quill   asked the Minister for Justice  Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke   the types of offences for which persons were convicted in the Special Criminal Court in 1989 giving the number of persons convicted on each count.

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  75.  Miss Quill  Information on Máirín Quill  Zoom on Máirín Quill   asked the Minister for Justice  Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke   the outcome of cases heard in the Special Criminal Court in 1989 outlining (i) cases tried (ii) numbers found guilty (iii) numbers found not guilty and (iv) sentences imposed including suspended sentences.

[138]Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  I propose to take Questions Nos. 73, 74 and 75 together.

The information sought is contained in the attached schedules.

Charges Number Charged Guilty Plea Not Guilty Plea Sentences/Outcome
Possession of Explosives 10 7 3 One sentenced to 4 years
Two sentenced to 5 years each
Two sentenced to 6 years each
One sentenced to 7 years
Three sentenced to 10 years each
One sentenced to 12 Years
(Of the 3 not guilty pleas, sentences of 5, 6 and 12 years were imposed)
Robbery, unlawful possession of firearms 6 5 1 One sentenced to 7 years
One sentenced to 10 years (last 5 years to be
suspended and bound to peace)
Two sentenced to 12 years each
One sentenced to 16 years
One discharged (pleaded not guilty)
Possession of firearms 1 1 One sentenced to 4 years
Possession of firearms, membership of unlawful organisation 1 Nolle prosequi entered
Possession of firearms, wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm 2 2 Both discharged
Importation of firearm without licence 1 1 Sentenced to one year
Escaping custody in Northern Ireland, unlawful possession and use of firearms 1 1 Sentenced to 5 years for escaping custody. Not guilty of possession and use of firearms
Escaping custody contrary to common law 1 1 Sentenced to 12 months but suspended when accused bound himself in the sum of £500 to keep the peace
Burglary, malicious damage, false impris- onment, assault, intimidation 1 1 Discharged
Burglary, malicious damage 4 4 Two sentenced to 12 months each
Two discharged
[141][142]Burglary, demanding money with menaces 3 Nolle prosequi entered
Robbery 3 3 All three sentenced to 9 years each
Possession of forged bank notes 3 1 2 One sentenced to 5 years (guilty plea)
One sentenced to 4 years (not guilty plea)
One sentenced to 7 years (not guilty plea)
Membership of unlawful organisation 1 1 Discharged
Larceny, receiving stolen property, unlawful use of vehicle 1 1 Fined £100, 3 months to pay and 4 days impris onment in default. Driving licence endorsed disqualification from driving for 6 months
Malicious damage 4 4 Discharged

Number of cases tried, 16; Number of people charged, 43; Number found guilty, 28; Number found not guilty, 11; Nolle prosequi, 4.


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