Saturday 25 November 2017

Burton protester freed as charges dropped

Ken Purcell was cleared. Picture: Collins
Ken Purcell was cleared. Picture: Collins

Isabel Hayes

The charges have been dropped against one of seven men on trial accused of falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton and her adviser at an anti-water charges protest.

On day 27 of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial, Judge Melanie Greally told the jury she would be discharging Ken Purcell from the indictment and he was free to go.

Clapping broke out in court as Mr Purcell shook hands with the six remaining defendants before leaving the court room. Mr Purcell (50), of Kiltalown Green, had pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and her adviser Karen O'Connell at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght, on November 15, 2014.

After clapping broke out, Judge Greally reminded supporters the trial was "not a public performance".

The prosecution case is now concluded.

The jury will not be required again until later this week.

Paul Murphy (34), of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght; Kieran Mahon (39), of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght; Michael Murphy (53), of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin; Frank Donaghy (71), of Alpine Rise, Tallaght; Michael Banks (46), of Brookview Green, Tallaght, and Scott Masterson (34), of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght, have pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and her adviser Ms O'Connell at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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