Saturday 16 December 2017

Man sent for trial over spray attack at theatre

Shane Carey: contesting the charges against him
Shane Carey: contesting the charges against him

Tom Tuite

A 29-YEAR-OLD man is to go on trial in connection with a pepper-spray attack on audience members during a children's show at a theatre.

Around 150 people were evacuated from the Tivoli in Dublin on April 27 last and four people were treated for injuries but not hospitalised.

Children – some as young as six – were on stage when the alleged incident occurred.

The young performers were in the Spotlight Kids, a group of 72 young people from Inchicore, in Dublin, and were staging a variety show, 'Fantasy Street', at the Tivoli in Francis Street.

On May 22 last, Shane Carey, who is in receipt of a disability allowance, appeared at Dublin District Court charged under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act with having a canister of Dragon pepper spray, made for causing injury to or incapacitating a person, at the Tivoli Theatre on April 27 last.

Earlier this month, four additional counts for assaulting two males and two females at the theatre were put to Mr Carey, who "made no reply" when charged.


He made his third court appearance yesterday . Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said she had received copies of the prosecution evidence.

She also told Judge Marie Quirke that Mr Carey, from Woodview Heights, Lucan, Dublin, was pleading not guilty to the charges.

Mr Carey's 28-year-old girlfriend, Jenna Lawlor, who has the same address, also appeared in court yesterday as a co-defendant.

She is accused of being intoxicated in public, using threatening and abusive behaviour,and failing to comply with a garda direction at the theatre on the same date.

Judge Quirke was informed that Ms Lawlor would also be contesting the charges brought against her.

The defendants were remanded on bail.

Their trial is scheduled to take place in October.

Irish Independent

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