Tuesday 17 July 2018

Declan 'Whacker' Duffy pleads guilty to assaulting one man and falsely imprisoning another

Declan 'Whacker' Duffy
Declan 'Whacker' Duffy

Daniel Hickey

A man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to assaulting one man and falsely imprisoning another man.

Declan 'Whacker' Duffy (43), of Hannover Street West in Dublin, admitted today to assaulting John Roche, causing him harm, at the Towers, Garters Lane, Saggart, County Dublin.

He also pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne in Rathcoole/Saggart, County Dublin.

Both offences date from June 9, 2015.

Declan 'Whacker' Duffy
Declan 'Whacker' Duffy

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court, remanded Duffy in custody until October 18th, when the case is listed for mention again.

The judge also ordered the preparation of victim impact statements, to be read at a future sentence hearing.

Duffy and his two co-accused, Christopher Maguire (38) and Daniel Kane (28), had been due this week to go on trial.

On Wednesday, Maguire, of Dun Emer Place in Lusk, had pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne in Saggart and Lisa Byrne in the Towers, Garters Lane, Saggart, County Dublin, on June 9th, 2015.

The third man, Mr Kane, of Hollycourt in Ballybrack, failed to attend the court.

He is also charged with counts of false imprisonment.

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