Monday 11 December 2017

Apprentice (23) charged with attack on judge outside court

Eoin McGinn arriving at Dublin District Court yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts.
Eoin McGinn arriving at Dublin District Court yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts.

Tom Tuite

A 23-YEAR-OLD Dublin man has been charged with attacking a senior judge and a security guard outside the Four Courts in Dublin.

Gardai from the Bridewell station were called to the court building on Sunday afternoon and arrested a young male in connection with an alleged assault on Mr Justice Anthony Barr and a security man.

Judge Barr was appointed to the High Court last June having previously worked for six years as a senior counsel at the Morris Tribunal into garda irregularities in Co Donegal.

Yesterday, Eoin McGinn from Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, appeared at Dublin District Court to face three charges in connection with the alleged incident.

He is accused of getting into Judge Barr's car at Inns Quay.

He is also facing connected charges for attacking the judge as well as a more serious allegation of assault causing harm to the security guard at the same location.

A garda sergeant told Judge Ann Ryan that evidence of the 23-year-old man's arrest, charge and caution was being furnished by way of a certificate which was lodged in court.

Judge Ryan was told that the prosecution was seeking time to obtain directions from the DPP as they were not yet available.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe consented to the adjournment and was also granted an order for copies of CCTV evidence from the location of the alleged incident to be made available to him ahead of the next hearing.

Mr McGinn, who was wearing green trousers, a blue top and blue runners, did not address the court yesterday and there has been no indication yet as to how he intends to plead.

A statement of his means was also handed in to court and there was no objection to free legal aid being granted after the judge was told that the 23-year-old man had a job and was an apprentice.

There has been no objection to bail and the 23-year-old was remanded to appear again on a date in January.

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