Sunday 25 February 2018

Maeve Sheehan

Matthew Horan: Jailed for exploiting children online

Inadequate loner stalked victims from his bedroom 

Last Monday night, the windows and front door of a modest terrace house on St John's Crescent in Clondalkin were smashed. It was an unusual act of violence in this quiet corner of the sprawling west Dublin housing estate. People usually keep to themselves and there is rarely any trouble, said one neighbour. But earlier that day, the young man, 26-year-old Matthew Horan, who lived here with his widowed father, had pleaded guilty in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to exploiting children, stalking them on social media, pretending to be their friend, and eventually coercing and...

Abuse: More than 16,000 messages — many sexually explicit and derogatory of her — were exchanged by Tom Humphries and the girl before he was discovered by his own daughter

How Tom Humphries waited six years to confess to child abuse 

IT was easy to forget that the celebrated sportswriter Tom Humphries took six years to confess to his crimes. At his sentencing in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last Tuesday, he looked resolved to his fate. Humphries, 54, had spent the last three weeks waiting for this day in prison - because he had chosen to go straight to jail rather than apply for bail. It was as though he couldn't get there fast enough. Such was his guilt that he had refused psychiatric help because he wanted to suffer. He wanted to feel the pain.

Television personality: Grainne Seoige and her partner Leon Jordaan Photo: Gerry Mooney

Grainne Seoige folds her TV firm after racking up 'dramatic' losses 

With her ice-cool beauty, Grainne Seoige was one of RTE's hottest stars. But new records reveal how the Galway television presenter faced plunging revenues at her production company as RTE reduced her workload. Seoige's company, Grace Productions, suffered a "dramatic fall in revenues" since 2011 because of a "significantly reduced" contract with the station. As the TV presenter now focuses on the bespoke diamond business which she founded with her South African fiance, Leon Jordaan, it has emerged that her media production company was wound up last month with €364 to its...