Friday 6 December 2019

'Important' issue pauses assault trial of four gardai

THE trial of four gardai accused of assaulting a youth in his bedroom has been adjourned because of an "important matter" that arose suddenly yesterday, writes Nicola Anderson.

Barrister Tom O'Connell SC, for the prosecution, told Judge Desmond Hogan at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he needed to take further instructions about the matter.

Gardai Sean O'Leary, Eoin Murtagh, Alan Conlon and Claire Delaney have pleaded not guilty to forcing entry to a Basin Street Upper premises, entering as trespassers and assaulting Owen Gaffney (21) of Basin Street Flats in south inner city Dublin, causing him harm on February 17, 2008.

Gda Delaney, Gda Murtagh and Gda O'Leary were stationed at Kilmainham at the time, while Gda Conlon was stationed at Kevin Street.

Adjourning the trial until Tuesday morning, the judge told the court that he did not know the reason behind the application and was not entitled to at this stage.

He said he was not reading anything into the application and nor should the jury.

Irish Independent

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