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Grandmother left bruised and grazed when dragged along the footpath

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsGrandmother left bruised and grazed when dragged along the footpathBy admin – August 3, 2011 490 Linkedin A 30-year-old man who dragged a grandmother along the ground in attempting to steal her handbag, was jailed for three years at Limerick Circuit Court. John Coleman, with an address at St John’s Square, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of the woman’s handbag as he grabbed the strap after taking her eight-year-old granddaughter’s bag off the ground. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The incident, on June 19, 2010, happened as the woman in her 60s sat on the wall at St John’s Hospital. Coleman, the court was told, approached and took the child’s bag and then grabbed the grandmother’s, but she refused to leave go and held on to it as she was dragged along the ground. The woman suffered bruises and grazing to her left arm, shoulder and face. A passer-by intervened and grabbed hold of the bag, before Coleman fled to an apartment block in St John’s Square. During the incident, the accused dropped a set of keys into the bag and when gardai arrived, they tried the keys in the door to Coleman’s apartment, and he subsequently invited them in and made full admissions. Coleman, referred to as well known to gardai, was very apologetic for frightening the woman. Judge Carroll Moran convicted and sentenced him to four years in prison, and suspended the final year. Email Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook Previous articleEmployees stole €3,000 from employer and set up rival businessNext articleBuses take technology route admin WhatsApplast_img read more

Jamaican banker paid $8 million in ‘tainted’ gifts

first_img 93 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share NewsRegional Jamaican banker paid $8 million in ‘tainted’ gifts by: – May 14, 2012 David SmithPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — According to recently obtained Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) court documents, convicted Ponzi scheme operator, David Smith paid over $8 million in “tainted” gifts to politicians, political parties and government officials in Jamaica and the TCI.In a Confiscation Order dated April 25, 2012, the TCI Supreme Court ruled that a number of payments made by Smith, a former banker in Jamaica, are “tainted and caught by” the Proceeds of Crime Ordinance 2007.Payments made by Smith to political parties and individuals in Jamaica are recorded by the court as follows:US$5 million to the Jamaica JLP PartyUS$2 million to the Jamaica PNP PartyUS$1 million to former prime minister of Jamaica, PJ PattersonUS$100,000 to an unnamed political candidate for Mandeville, JamaicaUS$50,000 to the former information minister in Jamaica, Daryl VazUS$190,000 to Dwaine WilliamsThe list of payments to recipients in the TCI is as follows:US$20,000 to the former managing director of the Financial Services Commission, Neville CadoganUS$25,000 to the Progressive National Party (PNP)US$25,000 to former premier and leader of the PNP, Michael MisickUS$10,000 to former deputy premier and finance minister in the previous PNP government, Floyd HallUS$10,000 to former PNP health minister Karen DelanceyUS$10,000 to former deputy premier and PNP health and education minister Lillian BoyceUS$10,000 to former PNP natural resources minister McAllister HanchellUS$25,000 to former PNP backbench member of parliament, Samuel BeenThe total value of all of these gifts is included in a confiscation order totaling US$20,919,950.53 to be paid by Smith, and in default of such payment he is ordered to serve a term of imprisonment of eight years.The larger part of the amount to be repaid by Smith is represented by assets acquired or owned by him, including $4 million worth of real estate in the TCI. In addition, the court order records almost $30 million held in various accounts with the TCI Bank, which is now in liquidation, of which only a small part will be recoverable as part of the liquidation process.In the meantime, the revelation of the payments by Smith to Jamaican political interests has caused much controversy there, with the individuals concerned scrambling to explain the truth and the circumstances of the gifts in question.In the TCI, the payment to Cadogan may prompt comparison to a similar situation in Antigua and Barbuda, where the former head of that country’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission, Leroy King, is one of four people accused of taking bribes to divert regulatory attention from the activities of another convicted Ponzi scheme operator, Allen Stanford. After being sentenced to 30 years in prison in the US for money laundering and fraud, Smith was brought back to the Turks and Caicos Islands last September to finish serving a prior six-and-a-half-year sentence for similar offences in the TCI, which runs concurrently with the US sentence. Smith, who was residing in the TCI when he was arrested, was a close friend of former Premier Michael Misick, who publicly referred to him as a “model citizen”.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more