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Garda treated in psychiatric hospital

THE trial of a garda facing charges of harassing a woman has been delayed after a court heard he is being treated in a psychiatric hospital.

Donal Maguire, who has served at Aras an Uachtarain, is charged with two counts of harassment in 2012 and 2013.

He was due to be sent for jury trial on the charges when his case came before Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned it for another six weeks for the service of a book of evidence.

Gda Maguire (38) was remanded on continuing bail in his absence. The defendant, with an address in north Dublin, is accused of twice harassing a woman at a location within the State.

The charges are under Section 10 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and the incidents are alleged to have happened on dates unknown between February 18 and March 11, 2012, and between August 1, 2012 and February 4, 2013.

CONSENT

When the case was called, defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said Gda Maguire was not present and was an in-patient at St Vincent's Hospital in Fairview.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date in April, with the consent of the prosecution. None of the circumstances of the alleged offences have yet been disclosed to the court.

Previously, a State solicitor told the judge that the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case on a guilty plea only. This means it could be heard at District Court level if the accused was admitting the charges.

However, Mr Kenny said his client was pleading not guilty.

The accused will be sent for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book of evidence is served.

The judge also granted free legal aid to the accused.

APHELAN@HERALD.IE


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