Monday 20 November 2017

Garda pleads not guilty to assault on TV cameraman

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Andrew Phelan

A garda has been sent for trial after pleading not guilty to assaulting an RTÉ cameraman during a violent protest in Dublin city centre.

Garda Sean Lucey denies assaulting and injuring cameraman Colm Hand who was filming while protesters were being baton-charged.

He is also denying that he damaged Mr Hand's camera during the clashes that erupted when protesters came out against the launch of the Irish branch of anti-Islamic group Pegida.

Gda Lucey, based in Crumlin station, is accused of assault causing harm and criminal damage at the junction of O'Connell Street and Cathedral Street on February 6 last year.

The court had heard Mr Hand attended hospital following the incident having suffered bruising to his groin.

The judge granted legal aid, saying he was taking into account the serious nature of the charges, the complexity of the case, the time involved and the fact it was "somewhat novel".

Gda Lucey was remanded on bail on a nominal bond with no cash lodgement required.

Irish Independent

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