Friday 15 December 2017

Garda not linked to abusive photo, court told

Accused: Garda Eve Doherty. Photo: Collins Courts
Accused: Garda Eve Doherty. Photo: Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

A garda accused of harassing a State solicitor could not be linked by any computer used by her to a photograph of the solicitor used on abusive posters, a jury has heard.

Eve Doherty (49), a garda based in Dublin, is charged with harassing Elizabeth Howlin between September 2011 and March 2013 and making false statements claiming Ms Howlin was perverting the course of justice.

On day three of the trial, former Detective Inspector Martin Cummins, now retired, showed the jury a poster which had photographs of Ms Howlin and Brendan Howlin TD, a distant cousin of Elizabeth Howlin, printed on them.

The jury has heard the posters had been left on cars around Ms Howlin's estate in Blackrock, south Dublin.

The court heard the photo of Ms Howlin used in the posters had been taken in 2007 during a meeting between a committee within the Department of Justice and Brian Lenihan, who had recently been appointed minister of that department.

The photo of Ms Howlin was uploaded to a website called criminalcode.ie, and the image could have been obtained only from that website, Dt Insp Cummins told Kerida Naidoo SC, prosecuting.

The detective said he obtained a list of IP addresses that had visited the website.

Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, asked Mr Cummins whether any computer connected to Mr Doherty had appeared on that list.

Mr Cummins told him that it did not.

The trial continues today before Judge Melanie Greally and a jury.

Irish Independent

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