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Ex-minister praises judge in son affray case

Breda Heffernan

Published 03/12/2012 | 05:00

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FORMER minister Dick Roche has praised a judge's handling of a case, which saw charges of affray against his son dismissed.

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Benjamin Roche (28) and four other men were charged with affray arising from an incident in Bray on April 9, 2011.

Judge John Coughlan, at Bray District Court, ordered that the case be dismissed and directed Benjamin Roche and three others to pay €1,000 each to charity and the fifth man, €150.

The court was shown CCTV footage, in which a man was seen approaching Benjamin Roche's group and assaulting one of them. The group pursued the man, who was kicked and punched. Mr Roche told the Irish Independent the incident was brought to an end by his son's intervention.

While pleased with the outcome of the case, Mr Roche was concerned about legislation on affray, saying it was "very open".

"I have no comment to make on the court case itself, save to say that I believe that the judge handled the matter in an exemplary fashion," he said.

However, he said he was considering bringing his concerns about the legislation on affray to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Irish Independent

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