Sunday 21 January 2018

Man fails in bid to have assault charge struck out

A JUDGE has refused to strike out an assault charge against a man remanded in connection with the alleged false imprisonment of a woman after the defendant's solicitor claimed that his client had been prejudiced by "scandalous newspapers reports".

At Limerick District Court, solicitor John Devane submitted a number of national newspaper articles to Judge Eugene O'Kelly, which reported on a young mother who is alleged to have been held against her will at an apartment in Limerick city for six days.

Last week, Mr Devane's client, Jody Curtin (33), of Claughaun Avenue, Garryowen, Limerick, was one of three men charged in connection with the incident.

He is charged with assault causing harm to a woman at a flat in Limerick city on May 3.

When Mr Curtin's case was called yesterday, his solicitor claimed that his client had been "gravely prejudiced" by articles published last week in the Irish Independent, the 'Evening Herald' and the 'Sunday World'.

Rejecting an application to have the charge struck out, the judge said Mr Curtin had not been identified in any of the national newspaper articles.

He described an article in the Irish Independent on May 17, in which Mr Curtin was named, as an accurate account of the court hearing that had occurred two days previously.

The judge remanded Mr Curtin in custody until July 18.

Irish Independent

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