Tuesday 17 October 2017

Further delay in violent disorder trial of Frederick Thompson

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson

Conor Gallagher

Disclosure issues have again delayed the trial of a Dublin man accused of violent disorder in the city last year.

Frederick Thompson (33) was sent forward from the District Court last month on a charge of engaging in violent disorder along with two other named men at Morrissey’s Pub, Cork Street on January 7, 2013.

Today Mr Thompson of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for arraignment.

His defence counsel said that video evidence they have received in disclosure was not in the correct format and could not be played.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring granted a requested to adjourn the matter for two weeks. She put the case back to July 29, 2014 when Mr Thompson will indicate how he will plead to the charge. There will also be an application for legal aid on that date.

The judge informed the parties to “sort out the CCTV sooner rather than later.”

At a previous hearing Mr Dwyer asked the court to remind the press that Mr Thompson’s case is sub-judice and that the accused enjoys the presumption of innocence.

Judge Ring said that any reporting that jeopardises Mr Thompson’s trial could result in contempt of court proceedings, “including locking people up if I have to.”

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