Football star Paddy McCourt was declared ‘an innocent man’ after a nightmare 22 months involving a conviction for sexual assault concluded when Northern Ireland’s Prosecution Service told an appeals court he had no case to answer.
McCourt, a Glasgow Celtic and former League of Ireland star, had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Derry bar two years ago by putting his hand up her skirt.
Now his legal team at Madden and Finucane solicitors want answers from the PSNI about what they claim was shabby treatment by an investigation team they say singled him out due to who he is.
Nicola speaks to Niall Donald about the case and the extraordinary sequence of events that led to the c...
The fate of Limericks mobsters are being left more and more in the hands of the court as police crackdowns on money launderers, hit teams and even debt collectors continue. Nicola speaks with Eamon Dillon about the jailing of two Larrys, the dramatic plea changes, and one senior drug dealer who had a lucky day in the Court of Criminal Appeal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26 February Finished
Former Republic of Ireland footballer Anthony Stokes is doing porridge in a Scottish jail after handing himself up to police after failing to appear in court to be sentenced for abusing his ex-partner by text. Stokes father John owned the Players Lounge Pub when an attempt was made on the life of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan there. The 35-year-old, once tipped as Ireland’s greatest footballing hope, has had a chequered career and only recently got off a cocaine charge in Dublin after the substance he was caught with wasn’t certified as the Class A drug by Forensic Science Ireland. Nicola speaks to Niall Donald about the highs and lows in the life of Stokes who was tipped for stardom but who has ended up on football's scrap heap. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24 February Finished
Murdered Hutch associate Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneaux died from gunshot wounds as his mother Liz begged him to be strong. Harrowing evidence was heard at a Coroners Court hearing of the last moments of his life while an investigation into his murder is ongoing. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about the murder of ‘Buda’ and the complex double crosses and gangland games of lies and treachery that led to his death. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23 February Finished
The sister of gang boss Christy Keane has admitted to money laundering after a court heard that €124,000 in cash was found in her home. Sandra Hehir will face sentencing but says she is now predominately estranged from her siblings and works as a hairdresser. Nicola speaks with with Niall Donald about a sophisticated crime outfit which emerged from the warring gangs of Limerick and the risks of storing cash in the attic. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21 February Finished
An extraordinary drug seizure of more than €30 million in meth at Cork port has resulted in a number of searches around premises in Kerry, Cork and Waterford and a focus on the Irish links with the notorious Sinaloa Cartel. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about Mexico’s biggest drug mob and its Irish connections. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20 February Finished
A Taliban ban on poppy cultivation in Afghanistan along with ambitious Mexican Cartels now based in Europe mean experts are forecasting a perfect storm. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about the next deadly threat from a potent factory-produced drug which has become the biggest killer of young users in the US. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19 February Finished