Tuesday 20 March 2018

Air Corps officer called superior 'a piece of sh*t' and prodded him in the chest - court martial told

Fifty-two-year-old facing five charges of breaching military discipline and insubordination

Nile (Niall) Donohue (Photo: Collins Courts)
Nile (Niall) Donohue (Photo: Collins Courts)
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

An Air Corps officer called his superior 'a piece of sh*t' and assaulted him by prodding him in the chest, a court martial was told.

Commandant Nile (Niall) Donohoe appeared before a military court at McKee Barracks in Dublin this morning.

The 52-year-old is facing five charges of breaching military discipline and insubordination.

The father-of-two stood to attention before the judge as each charge was read out.

The hearing was told he was involved in an exchange with a superior officer at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin, in August 2007.

It is alleged he accused Lieutenant Colonel John Maloney of "persistent lying", or words to that effect, when he knew such an accusation was false.

On the same date, August 10, he assaulted Lieutenant Colonel Maloney by "prodding him in the chest" with his finger, the court heard.

He also used "insulting language" when he called the superior officer "a piece of shit".

He denies all charges.

He made his plea before a seven-person Court Martial Board or jury, made up of officers in the Defence Forces.

Addressing the Board, Military Judge Col Michael Campion, said while no evidence has yet been heard, he warned them not to discuss the case with anyone.

He also instructed them to avoid all media coverage of the case.

"You can't allow yourself to be influenced by anything outside of the court room.

"You must not make up your mind until you've heard all of the evidence," he added.

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