Tuesday 16 October 2018

Case of man accused of IRA membership adjourned

The Special Criminal Court
The Special Criminal Court

Daniel Hickey

The Special Criminal Court trial of a Dublin man accused of IRA membership has been adjourned until tomorrow morning.

Defence lawyers at the trial of Vincent Banks (47), who the prosecution allege purchased the car that was later used in the fatal shooting of Northern Irish prison officer David Black, are objecting to the legality of the accused man's arrest.

Mr Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot dead on November 1st 2012. He was driving to work at Maghaberry prison when the incident occurred.

Mr Banks, of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7 has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on December 18th 2012.

Padraig Dwyer SC, for Mr Banks, has told the three-judge, non-jury court that his client is challenging the legality of his arrest on the day of the alleged offence.

Evidence was heard this morning as part of a voir dire - or 'trial within a trial' - to help the judges determine the matter.

The legal argument will resume tomorrow in front of Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Gerard Haughton.

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