NewsLocal NewsFormer garda abused disabled young boysBy admin – December 31, 2012 1009 Twitter WhatsApp Print Linkedin Previous articleAirport strike unlikelyNext articleLimerick home helps welcome cut reversal admin Facebook Advertisement Email A FORMER Garda and scout master abused young boys when he was in charge of a special scout troop for disabled children, Limerick Circuit Court has been told. John Joseph (Jack) Dunne, formerly based at Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault on young boys in Dublin on dates unknown between 1963 and 1969.The court heard that two of Dunne’s victims were polio sufferers whom he contacted through his work with a group of disabled scouts.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The now 82-year-old, who lives at Cannon Breen Park, Thomondgate, Limerick, indecently assaulted two of his victims at Pearse Street Garda Station, where he worked as Juvenile Liason Officer, while other indecent assaults took place at scout camps in Dublin and Waterford, and in his car after he dropped the boys home from scout meetings.In his evidence Sargent Martin Philips from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Harcourt Square, Dublin, said Dunne resigned from the force in 1976 when he was the subject of allegation of indecency but no charges were brought.A native of Limerick city, Dunne was a Scout Master from 1953 to 1976 and involved with a special group for disabled children at a scout hall near Pearse Street which was then known as Westland Row.Judge Carroll Moran was told the sexual abuse first came to light after the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009 when one of Dunne’s victim’s contacted gardai.In his victim impact statement, the now 58-year-old, who contracted polio when he was six months old, recalled how he met Dunne while on a train to Knock with the Polio Fellowship of Ireland.He said the former Garda was the scout leader with a group of disabled scouts from Dublin and he invited the ten-year-old to join the troop when they got back to Dublin.The victim, who is confined to a wheelchair for the past four years, said he was first abused during an overnight stay in the scout den, when Dunne put his hand down his pyjamas and started touching his private parts.The victim also recalled incidents of abuse where he was kissed and fondled by the former Garda during a trip to the cinema and on another occasion in the Phoenix Park when Dunne gave him a lift home from the scouts.“Jack Dunne was in a position of trust; he was a Scout Leader; a Garda and a person of power. He abused that power and hid behind his so-called good works. I now see him as a bad person who used that trust and his position to gain access to young boys,” the victim said.Another victim, who is now aged 56, told the court that he met Dunne when he was hospitalised for polio which he contracted when he was two years old.In his victim impact statement, he called the former Garda a paedophile and claimed Dunne had visited a particular ward at a children’s hospital in Dublin “especially to recruit new victims”.He said he was abused by Dunne in his car just a short distance from his home in Dublin, and also in Pearse Street Garda Station as well as at the annual scout camp.“He had free access everywhere he went; nobody questioned his word. He was seen as the good garda looking after the poor little handicapped kids,” he said.The court heard Dunne met his two other victims, two brothers from Dublin, at a swimming gala organised by the scouts.Dunne brought one of the boys to play snooker in a room on the top of Pearse Street Garda Station and cooked him a fry and then put his hand down his pants and fondled his penis.Defence Counsel Mark Nicholas (BL) said his client’s behaviour was “disgraceful and unforgiveable” but said Dunne, who joined a religious order after he left the Gardai, had sought help for his problems in America twenty years ago.The court heard he joined the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in 1977 and, following advice from his superiors, went to seek help for his problems at Trinity House in Chicago in 1992.Mr Nicholas said the abuse involving the four victims had come to light as a “downstream effect of the Ryan Report “ when people got the strength to come forward. He said that his client had made early admissions of guilt.Judge Moran was told Dunne had one previous conviction for indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy in 1986 for which he received the Probation Act.The Judge said it was a difficult case with a lot to consider and adjourned sentencing until January 18.
Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articleFatal Limerick stabbing under investigationNext articleMotorcyclist killed in county Limerick admin Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement TAGSfeatured First Irish death from Coronavirus Print Email NewsBreaking newsMurder investigation launched in LimerickBy admin – November 10, 2013 601 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter By Andrew CareyGardai have launched a murder investigation after a 65-year old man was found with stab wounds in an apartment in the city in the early hours of this Sunday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 22 months after the last unlawful killing in the city, Gardai are now hunting the perpetrator of the latest murder when the man was pronounced dead after 3am when uniformed members arrived at the scene.The victim, known locally as Patrick Redmond from Limerick, was found in a 1st floor apartment with the wounds that led to be fatal.Two apartments were preserved for forensic and technical examinations.A post mortem carried out this Sunday afternoon at the University Limerick hospital and the results have now determined that Gardai are now on a manhunt in this the first murder in the city in almost two years.Originally from Dublin, Mr Redmond had been living in a first floor apartment in The Mount Kennett apartment block for a number of years.The 65-year old father of three is understood to have died after sustaining a single puncture wound to the back.Gardai are now appealing for assistance of the public.Superintendent Daniel Keane is appealing for information and has appealed to anyone who may have witnessed or heard anything to come forward and contact Gardai on 061 212400. Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL
ARLA Propertymark has written to housing minister Chris Pincher to plead with the government not to U-turn again on its promise to re-start possession hearings again on Monday.“It is vital that the courts begin hearing cases again as soon as possible so that those who choose not to pay or are guilty of unacceptable behaviour, face justice,” the letter says.ARLA Propertymark has repeatedly raised the issue that tenant arrears incurred prior to the Coronavirus pandemic are unrelated to the outbreak and should be treated separately.“In addition, further last-minute announcements delaying the courts from reopening and extending notice periods, fail to consider the practical implications and knock-on effects for agents as businesses who manage multiple tenancies,” it says.In the meantime, HM Courts & Tribunals Services has revealed how it plans to cope when the stay on possession claims if indeed it does end on Sunday, including changes that letting agents will have to observe to successfully eject tenants from properties.This follows a working group on possession proceedings headed up by the Master of the Rolls Terence Etherton, including new procedures many of which are designed to help manage the expected wave of reactivated and new possession claims in the coming weeks and months.Reactivation noticesIt has been revealed that landlords have until January 24th to reactivate stayed possession claims using two non-mandatory Reactivation Notices – one for the landlord, the other for the tenant.As before, these ask letting agents and landlords to find out as much information about a tenant’s financial circumstances in relation to Covid, and give the reason for the claim, so it can be prioritised including those claims issued before Covid kicked off.These include anti-social behaviour, rent arrears of more than 12 months’ rent or nine months’ rent that is more than 25% of a landlords overall income. Others include squatting, domestic violence, fraud/deception, illegal subletting and property abandonment.Initial reviewExcept in accelerated possession claims, letting agents and landlords will be given an initial ‘review date’ for new and stayed claims of 21 days. Then, 14 days beforehand, they must provide all the written evidence in written or electronic form and then, on the review date, be available for a telephone conference with the tenant or their advisor, after which the court will make a decision, which may be followed by a more substantive hearing 28 days later.MediationThe new guidance reveals that a new voluntary mediation pilot is to be conducted to facilitate a pre-hearing agreement between landlord/letting agent and tenant, which will be provided by an independent provider jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).Accelerate possession claimsIf issued before 3rd August 2020 these will now require a Reactivation Notice as with all other stayed claims and be subject to the same prioritisation which, along with other measures, are designed help manage workflow.Read the full HMCTS document and guidance.Download the new Reactivation Notices.Read more about previous bans.terence etherton master of the rolls possession hearings evictions September 16, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘Don’t U-turn on possession hearings again’, letting agents tell government previous nextRegulation & Law‘Don’t U-turn on possession hearings again’, letting agents tell governmentTrade association has written to the housing minister to make the case for possession hearing re-starting on Monday, as planned.Nigel Lewis16th September 20200919 Views