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Man jailed for seven years over Glenamaddy killing

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Latvian man has been sentenced to ten years in prison with the final three years suspended for the manslaughter of another Latvian man in Glenamaddy two years ago.

38 year old Sergejs Krauze, with a former address in Dudley Heights, Glenamaddy, had denied murdering 30 year old Juris Buls on a date unknown between July 7 and 23, 2011, when he appeared at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway.

He then pleaded guilty three days into his trial to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Juris Buls was strangled before his body was dumped in a drain in isolated bogland.

The trial had heard that although the accused had not actually killed Mr Buls, he had helped his violent brother, Andrejs Krauze to carry out the murder and had assisted him in fleeing the country.

Andrejs Krauze is currently on the run and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Passing sentence, Justice Barry White told the accused that although the Gardai were satisfied he was not the instigator of the attack, he had provided valuable assistance to his brother, enabling him to carry out the actual killing.

He suspended the final three years of the ten year sentence.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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