Wednesday 21 March 2018

Judge sets date to see security footage in case of man who admitted attack on senior judge outside Four Courts

Eoin McGinn Photo: Courtpix
Eoin McGinn Photo: Courtpix

Tom Tuite

A JUDGE will be shown CCTV evidence in July in the case of a young Dublin man who has admitted attacking a senior member of the judiciary and a security guard at the Four Courts.

Gardai from the Bridewell station were called to the court building on the afternoon of Sunday December 1 last and arrested a young man in connection with an assault on Mr Justice Anthony Barr and a security officer.

A guilty plea was entered at Dublin District Court by 23-year-old Eoin McGinn from Liscarne Gardens, in Clondalkin, who faces three charges arising from the incident.

Judge Cormac Dunne adjourned the case until a date in July when garda witnesses will be available to give evidence and for the security camera footage to be to be shown. Mr McGinn, a apprentice, who has admitted the offence, remains on bail.

Judge Barr was appointed to the High Court in June last year having previously worked for six years as a senior counsel at the Morris tribunal into Garda irregularities in Co. Donegal.

Eoin McGinn is accused of getting into Anthony Barr's car at Inns Quay, contrary to Section 113 of the Road Traffic Act. He is also facing connected charges for attacking the judge contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act as well as a more serious allegation of assault causing harm to the security guard at the same location.

Last month, Judge Cormac Dunne had asked to hear an outline of the allegations to determine jurisdiction because the charge for assault causing harm can possibly go to the Circuit Court which has wider sentencing powers.

He was told told that the incident happened at the main gates to the Four Courts. The accused tried to open the back door of a car which was being driven by a member of the judiciary and, “the security officer intervened”.

The security man was "dripping" blood after being punched and sustained a small cut on the bridge of his nose. Judge Dunne has accepted jurisdiction; this means the case is to be dealt with at district court level.

Security camera evidence from the scene already been made available to McGinn's solicitor Michael Hanahoe who has told the court that “a plea is forthcoming”.

The lawyer had also said, “I am anxious that the court would view the video in relation to the plea, I believe that will be important in relation to it.”

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