Friday 20 April 2018

TD Paul Murphy sent for trial at the Circuit Court

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy

Andrew Phelan

ANTI-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy and a group of protesters have been sent for trial accused of falsely imprisoning Tanaiste Joan Burton in her car during a demonstration in west Dublin.

Mr Murphy and 17 other people had books of evidence served on them at Dublin District Court today over an incident in Jobstown, Tallaght last November.

The case against a 19th person was adjourned until tomorrow.

Mr Murphy (32), of The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer, is charged with false imprisonment of Ms Burton and her political advisor Karen O'Connell.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Fortunestown Road, Tallaght on November 15 last year.

Also charged with two counts of false imprisonment are South Dublin County Councillors Michael Murphy (51) of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden and Ciaran Mahon (37) of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght.

Other Tallaght defendants accused of false imprisonment are Michael Banks (44) of Brookview Green, Frank Donaghy (69) of Alpine Rise, Peter Herbert (63) of Rossfield Park; Glen Carney (20) of Cloonmore Park; Declan Kane (46), of Glenshane Green; Thomas Kelly (33) of Cushlawn Dale; Paul Kiernan (39) of Brookview Way; Adam Lyons (21) of Drumcairn Drive, Scott Masterson (31) of Carrigmore Drive, Keith Preston (35) of Sundale Lawns, Philip Preston (36) of Dromcarra Avenue; Carol Purcell (55) and Ken Purcell (49), both of Kiltalown Green.

Keith Preston, Mr Kiernan, Mr Kelly, Mr Carney, Mr Kane and Mr Herbert are also charged with violent disorder.

Mr Lyons is also charged with violent disorder and damaging a garda car.

Dylan Collins (20) of Bawnlea Green, Tallaght is accused of violent disorder and damaging a garda car.

Antoinette Kane (22) of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght and Calvin Carlyle of Gleann Na hEorna, also in Tallaght are charged with violent disorder.

State Solicitor Rachel Joyce said the DPP was directing trial on indictment in all cases.

The accused were sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. They have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges.

Judge Michael Walsh deferred a decision on whether to extend free legal aid to cover both junior and senior counsel in the Circuit Court.

He gave the defendants the formal warning that they must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibis they intend to rely on.

He also ordered disclosure by the prosecution of copies of videos of the defendants' garda interviews.

Mr Murphy, wearing a grey blazer, open necked light blue shirt, blue jeans and black shoes replied: "yeah" when Judge Walsh asked him if he understood the alibi caution.

He then leafed through the book of evidence before acknowledging his signature on his bail bond.

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