Friday 15 December 2017

Delay as CCTV video footage 'not compatible' for defence in Freddie Thompson violent disorder charge

Freddie Thompson
Freddie Thompson

Fiona Ferguson

A further arraignment date has been set for a Dublin man accused of violent disorder in the city last year

Frederick Thompson (33) was sent forward from the District Court last month on a charge of engaging in violent disorder along with two other named men at Morrissey’s Pub, Cork Street on January 7, 2013.

Today Mr Thompson of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for arraignment.

Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said the case had been put back to enable CCTV to be served on the defence but it was not in a compatible format for their system at present.

James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, said the defence had no issue with the adjournment.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the case to July 11th for arraignment.

At a previous hearing Mr Dwyer asked the court to remind the press that Mr Thompson’s case is sub-judice and that the accused enjoys the presumption of innocence.

Judge Ring said that any reporting that jeopardises Mr Thompson’s trial could result in contempt of court proceedings, “including locking people up if I have to.”

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