Murphy sent for trial over Jobstown protest
Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has been sent forward for trial accused of false imprisonment of Tanaiste Joan Burton during the Jobstown water protest.
The Labour leader and her entourage had left a graduation event at An Cosán education centre at Jobstown, in Tallaght, just after midday on November 15 last year when a demonstration delayed her for about two hours.
She and her team had been attempting to travel by car to St Thomas' Church, a short distance away, for the rest of the ceremony when it is alleged violence broke out.
The TD and 17 other people from Dublin appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday to be served with books of evidence.
They face a variety of charges which include false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her political adviser Karen O'Connell, violent disorder and criminal damage to garda cars, at Fortunestown Road.
State solicitor Rachel Joyce said the DPP directed "trial on indictment" meaning the case would go before a judge and jury in the circuit court which has can impose lengthier sentences.
Books of evidence were handed over by Det Gda Paul Smith of Tallaght station.
Solicitor Michael Finucane, applying for legal aid, told the court that one of his clients who is charged with false imprisonment could "get life potentially".
The DPP consented to them being returned for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where they will face their next hearing on January 22. Judge Walsh made the order sending them forward for trial and warned them that if they intended to rely on alibis they must inform the prosecution within 14 days.
Deputy Murphy (32), with an address at The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer, Dublin, replied "yes" when asked if he understood. There was no objection to the 18 defendants remaining on bail pending trial.