Tuesday 20 August 2019

Jobstown protester pleads guilty to criminal damage of garda car

Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Isabel Hayes and Aoife Nic Ardghail

A remaining Jobstown water charge protester accused of criminal damage to a garda car has pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Today Dylan Collins (22) of Bawnlea Green, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to criminal damage of a rear window on a marked Hyundai garda car at Fortunestown Rord, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

Former Tánaiste Joan Burton and her advisor Karen O'Connell had left a graduation ceremony at An Cosan Education Centre at Jobstown, south Dublin on that date when protesters surrounded their car, delaying them for three hours.

Last June, six men, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, were found not guilty by a jury of falsely imprisoning the women following a nine-week trial. Charges against a seventh man, Ken Purcell, were dropped halfway through the trial.

In October, charges against ten of Collins' former co-accused were dropped by Judge Melanie Greally, to cheers and air horns sounding in court.

Prosecution barrister Sean Gillane SC told the court the DPP had requested that a nolle prosequi be entered in respect of all of the charges against those ten accused, except for one count of criminal damage against Collins.

Today Judge Martin Nolan remanded Collins on continuing bail until January 18, next year for his sentence hearing which is expected to last half an hour.

His former co-accused Carol Purcell (58), Declan Kane (49), Glen Carney (22), Keith Preston (38), Thomas Kelly (35), Paul Kiernan (39) and Peter Herbert (66) had been charged with falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and Ms O'Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014, along with violent disorder on the same date.

Adam Lyons (22) had been charged with falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and Ms O'Connell along with one count of violent disorder and one count of criminal damage to a garda car windscreen on the same date.

Antoinette Kane (24) and Calvin Carlyle (20) were charged with violent disorder at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

Collins was charged with violent disorder as well as criminal damage to a garda car rear window on the same date.

Outside the court building last October, Mr Herbert spoke on behalf of the protesters and said that they would continue to demand a public inquiry into the prosecution and to campaign for the dropping of a conviction of a minor found guilty of false imprisonment.

Carol Purcell, with an address in Kiltalown Green, Tallaght; Declan Kane, of Glenshane Green, Tallaght; Glen Carney, of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght; Keith Preston, of Sundale Lawns, Tallaght; Thomas Kelly, of Cushlawn Dale, Tallaght; Paul Kiernan, of Brookview Way, Tallaght; Peter Herbert, of Rossfield Park, Tallaght; Adam Lyons, of Drumcairn Drive, Fethercairn, Tallaght; Antoinette Kane, of Cloonmore Park, Jobstown; Calvin Carlyle, of Gleann na Hearna, Tallaght had all faced charges.

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