Sunday 25 February 2018

State given more time to prosecute man accused of attacking senior judge

Alleged incident happened outside Four Courts

Attack: Judge Anthony Barr
Attack: Judge Anthony Barr

Andrew Phelan

THE state has been given more time to prosecute a Dublin man charged with attacking a senior judge and a security guard outside the Four Courts.

Eoin McGinn (23), who is also accused of getting into Judge Anthony Barr's car without permission, had the case against him adjourned at Dublin District Court today.

Judge Cormac Dunne put the case back for a month for the directions of the DPP after hearing a medical report on the security guard's injuries was being sought.

He was arrested and charged following an incident in which Mr Justice Barr and a security guard were allegedly attacked last December.

Today was his second court appearance since his arrest.

Mr McGinn from Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, is charged with three offences in connection with the alleged incident at Inns Quay on Dec 1.

He is accused of getting into Anthony Barr’s car, contrary to Section 113 of the Road Traffic Act.

He is further charged with common assault 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.

A garda sergeant said the prosecution was seeking an adjournment for a medical report in relation to the more serious alleged assault.

The sergeant sought six weeks but the judge adjourned the case for eight, remarking that "these medical reports are very difficult" to obtain.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe consented to the adjournment. The defendant, wearing a navy and blue hooded top, blue jeans and navy and white runners, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Previously, a garda sergeant handed evidence of arrest, charge and caution in to court by way of a certificate.

Judge Ann Ryan had granted an order for copies of CCTV evidence from the location of the alleged incident to be made available to the defence.

Legal aid was granted after a statement of the defendant's financial means was handed into court and the judge was told he was an apprentice.

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