Friday 23 February 2018

No verdict in case of urine tampering accused

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Brian McDonald

A JURY has failed to reach a verdict in the case of a Post Office manager accused of perverting the course of justice in a drink driving investigation.

Kevin Rogers (50) of Mote Park, Roscommon, had denied perverting the course of public justice by interfering with or tampering with potential evidence on March 5, 2012.

The trial at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court heard that a urine sample had been taken from Michael Lyons, another Roscommon Post Officer worker, arising from a road traffic accident on March 3 last year.

The Medical Bureau of Road Safety said a urine sample had been interfered with. A forensic scientist strongly supported the view that the urine sample had been microwaved.

Judge Hunt remanded Kevin Rogers on continuing bail and the case will be for mention at the March sittings of the court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will now have to decide if she wishes to proceed with a re-trial of the case.

Irish Independent

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