Solicitor avoids conviction with €1,000 charity payment

first_imgAdvertisement NewsLocal NewsSolicitor avoids conviction with €1,000 charity paymentBy admin – October 23, 2012 473 Linkedin Print Facebook A PROMINENT Limerick solicitor has avoided a criminal conviction for assault after he made a donation of €1,000 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The facts of the case against 50-year-old John Devane, with a practice on Quinlan Street, had been earlier proven before Judge Patrick Clyne at Limerick District Court on June 9, 2011. Evidence was heard of how he had “thrown a headbutt” and grabbed fellow solicitor John Herbert  by the throat during “an exchange of words” outside Limerick District Court last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up John Herbert told the court of how he was assaulted by John Devane after he refused an offer to “forget about” an earlier incident between them two weeks earlier as he felt “it was not made in earnest”.  He said he had his hands in his pockets at all times and said it was “preposterous and a lie” that he pushed John Devane.The court heard that Mr Devane was irate and agitated and a witness, Paul O’Dwyer, saw the two standing in the foyer of the courthouse with Mr Devane saying “who do you think you are? You will not bully me like you did last week?”Mr Devane told the court that the relationship between the two was not “amicable” and there was a lot of tension between them.Judge Clyne said he was satisfied that something happened and that the assault occurred. He said he would dismiss the case if he made a €1,000 contribution to St Vincent de Paul before October 18 and last week, the court was notified that the payment had been made.After proceedings, State solicitor, Michael Murray said he had specific instructions from the DPP that the court should either convict Mr Devane and have the proceedings struck out or have the matter dismissed under the Probation Act.However, Judge Clyne said that the case was closed and he had made his decisioncenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Email Previous articleDrug driver banned for six yearsNext articleMan pleads guilty to dangerous driving resulting in death of 16-year-old adminlast_img read more

Company director jailed for manslaughter

first_imgCompany director jailed for manslaughterOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today The surprise inspections during May led to enforcementaction being taken at more than half of the 444 sites visited. The case was the result of a joint investigation by theHealth and Safety Executive, Staffordshire police and the Crown ProsecutionService. Previous Article Next Article The two workers were killed in July 2000. They weredemolishing a tunnel kiln in Stoke-on- Trent when it collapsed, burying themunder tonnes of rubble. Comments are closed. Dave Boulton, HSE investigating inspector, said: “It isimportant to understand, if you are in charge of work activities and someone iskilled, you could be on trial for manslaughter.” George Brumwell, leader of the construction union UCATT,added: “This sentence should send shockwaves through the building industrywhere health and safety regulations are all too often ignored.” Brian Dean, director of Stoke-on-Trent firm Brian Dean,Builders and Civil Engineers, was sentenced in May to 18 months in custodyafter being found guilty of the manslaughter of Michael and Carl Redgate. The HSE’s campaign will continue across the country for thenext 12 months. It follows a similar blitz on sites in London, which led toenforcement action being taken against almost two-thirds of the 223 sitesvisited. Dean was also charged with failing to provide a safe systemof work and failing to provide information instruction, training andsupervision to ensure their health and safety. A director of a construction company has been sent to jailfollowing the death of two workers for which he was responsible. This is thefirst time a custodial sentence has been given in these circumstances. The HSE’s ‘blitz’ on construction sites that began in Aprilhas been continuing, with inspectors descending on sites in Scotland andnorthern England. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more