Thursday 22 February 2018

Judge asks for tighter security after court 'mooning'

Justice Patrick Durcan
Justice Patrick Durcan

Gordon Deegan

A judge has demanded heightened security after he was "mooned at" in court.

Last Friday Brian Joyce (21) slapped his exposed bare backside shouting "Up the Joyces! Up the Clare Joyces!"

Mr Joyce of St Enda's, Beechpark, Ennis then turned around to expose his penis to a shocked Judge Patrick Durcan.

Mr Joyce's actions came after Judge Durcan refused bail to his brother, John Joyce (18), of St Enda's, Beechpark, Ennis.

Judge Durcan suspended court sittings and went to his chambers.

Upon his return to court, he said what had occurred "was the worst outbreak of violence I have ever witnessed in a court either as a practitioner or as a judge".

The judge said that behaviour in the courtroom had "sunk to a level of depravity that I've never encountered before".

In the first court sitting since the incident at Ennis yesterday, Judge Durcan told the court that there was "an appalling breakdown in security" in court on Friday.

He described the events as "shameful".

He told Inspector Tom Kennedy: "As and from tomorrow and including family law days, convey to the Chief Superintendent that I will not sit in any court unless it is advised to me in chambers in advance who the court guard is."

He added: "I have made no demands as you know in the four years in matters of this nature, but events that occurred here last Friday put the sitting court registrar at great risk and disrupted the business of the court.

"That type of situation should not be allowed to occur again. It is something that should have been anticipated."

Judge Durcan said: "I am making my position very clear. I am not going to hang around if the facility of the court guard is not available when the court sits."

"Either the Chief Superintendent takes it seriously or he doesn't - that is entirely a matter for the administration of law and order in this county"

Last Friday, Judge Durcan remanded both Joyces in custody on an assault charge to appear in court in Ennis today.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News