Monday 23 October 2017

Teenager alleged to have thrown brick released by gardai

Dylan Collins from Tallaght
Dylan Collins from Tallaght

Brian Byrne

A TEENAGER who allegedly threw a brick at a garda car during an anti-water charges protest refused to comment after he was released from garda custody yesterday.

Dylan Collins (19) declined to comment when approached outside his Tallaght, Co Dublin, home by the Irish Independent.

"I'm not giving any statement," said Mr Collins, minutes after his release from Tallaght Garda Station, where he had been held for about four hours.

The Irish Independent can also reveal that Tánaiste Joan Burton will be the key witness in any court prosecutions brought against a number of water protesters.

The revelation comes after four people were arrested yesterday morning over their alleged participation and later released without charge.

Ms Burton made a detailed statement to gardaí five days after the violent protest in Jobstown on November 15 last, in which she was trapped in her car for more than two hours.

She met with gardaí for more than an hour on November 20 and "gave her version of events as they unfolded", according to her spokesman.

Sources said that if Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, who was arrested and released on Monday, is charged with Ms Burton's false imprisonment, her evidence would be "absolutely vital in a court of law".

"Her evidence would also be required in relation to a number of other protesters in their court cases if it gets that far," the source added.

Ms Burton was held in her vehicle and was also hit with a water balloon.

She previously said missiles were thrown and homophobic and verbal abuse was hurled at gardaí.

Speaking after she made a detailed statement to gardaí, Ms Burton said she got a "bad bang" on the back of her neck during the incident.

She pointed out that 100 demonstrators surrounded her car, banging on the roof and windows.

"The one thing I'm really upset about (is the protesters') language," she said.

Gardaí have also investigated whether Ms Burton's special adviser Karen O'Connell was injured in the protest.

More arrests are expected in the coming days as gardaí finalise their investigation into the protest. A total of 11 people have now been arrested.

Irish Independent

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