Tuesday 21 November 2017

Frederick Thompson granted legal aid in violent disorder case

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson

A Dublin man has been granted legal aid to deal with a charge of engaging in violent disorder in a city centre pub last year.

Frederick Thompson (33) was sent forward from the District Court last month accused 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 where his lawyers requested that he be granted legal aid including a senior counsel.

Defence counsel Sandra Frayne BL said her client has no income and is supported by his mother who works as a street trader.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring granted the request for legal aid and a senior counsel and adjourned the case until Thursday when it is expected Mr Thompson will indicate how he will plead.

At an earlier hearing James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, 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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