Friday 19 January 2018

Judge mugged outside courts

Attack: Judge Anthony Barr
Attack: Judge Anthony Barr

Tom Brady and Dearbhail McDonald

A man has been arrested by gardai investigating the attempted mugging of a High Court judge.

A security guard was headbutted as he grappled with the thief, who had jumped into a car, owned by Mr Justice Anthony Barr, outside the entrance to the Four Courts car park.

The judge had stopped at the security checkpoint shortly before lunchtime on Sunday and was getting out of his car to speak to the guard.

A young man, who had been passing by on the street, immediately jumped into the car.

But he was spotted by the guard, who reacted quickly and tackled the would-be thief.

During a struggle, the guard was headbutted in the face. However, he managed to hold on to the suspect while the gardai were contacted.

Officers from the nearby Bridewell station were alerted and arrested a 23-year-old suspect from west Dublin.

The suspect was later questioned about the incident and then released.

Gardai said nothing was stolen from the car and Judge Barr was not injured.

TIPSTAFF

The security guard sustained a facial injury but was not seriously wounded.

Judge Barr, who was appointed to the High Court by the Government last June, had previously worked for six years as a senior counsel at the Morris tribunal into garda irregularities in Co Donegal.

The judge, who was sitting in the High Court in Dundalk yesterday, is understood to have sought the services of a tipstaff, who acts as an assistant to a judge but also provides some security.

Issues surrounding the deployment of tipstaffs were raised yesterday at a meeting between their union and officials from the Courts Service.

Irish Independent

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