Saturday 10 December 2016

Murphy and co-accused resist separate trials

Sonya McLean

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy and 18 others have contested a State application for separate trials on charges of false imprisonment of Deputy Joan Burton and other offences, following a water protest in Jobstown two years ago. Photo: Collins Courts
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy and 18 others have contested a State application for separate trials on charges of false imprisonment of Deputy Joan Burton and other offences, following a water protest in Jobstown two years ago. Photo: Collins Courts

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy and 18 others have contested a State application for separate trials on charges of false imprisonment of Deputy Joan Burton and other offences, following a water protest in Jobstown two years ago.

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Tony McGillicuddy SC, prosecuting, told Judge Melanie Greally at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that there were 45 counts on the indictment, including false imprisonment, violent disorder and criminal damage.

He said it was the prosecution's position that there was "a case to have the case tried in manageable blocks" of four separate trials.

He said, from a practical point of view, he didn't believe any court room in the Criminal Courts of Justice would have the capacity to deal with 19 accused people.

Colman Fitzgerald SC, defending Antoinette Kane (23), of Cloonmore Park, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin, who is charged with violent disorder, opposed this.

Mr Fitzgerald said that it would be inefficient to run four separate trials from the same book of evidence, with the same prosecution witnesses and the same exhibits.

"Instead of one jury dealing with complex issues, you now have four separate juries having to deal with the same difficulties," counsel said.

Judge Greally said she needed time to consider the various authorities and arguments. She said she would make her decision on May 12, and excused some of the accused from attending on the next occasion.

Irish Independent

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