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Gran appeals 'G-string and bullet' verdict

A GRANDMOTHER is to appeal a conviction she was given for lying to GSOC after she posted a lewd Valentine's card containing a g-string and a bullet to a garda.

Julie Conway Browning (50) has lodged notice of appeal against her conviction and €500 fine, which were handed down earlier this month at Dublin District Court.

Claims

Her trial had heard claims of bullying and harassment in the Serious Crime Review Team which was set up to examine unsolved historic murders.

Conway Browning (50), from Dermot O'Dwyer House, Hardwicke Street had pleaded not guilty to a charge of giving false or misleading information to GSOC.

She had denied being in contact with a garda detective around the time she sent the card to one of his superiors.

Conway Browning was not charged with any offence in relation to the sending of the card.

She did not give evidence in the trial and was prosecuted by the DPP following a GSOC investigation.

The appeal is expected to be listed for hearing in the Circuit Court in the new year.

At her trial, the defence said the mother-of-three has a good work history and no prior convictions.

Judge Bryan Smyth heard a complaint was made to GSOC on August 14, 2011 from the wife of Det Sergeant Michael Buckley, a member of the Serious Crime Review Team at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Mrs Buckley told GSOC her husband has been subjected to ongoing harassment and bullying by two named colleagues.

She alleged that in February 2011, her husband, "received an envelope in the post, containing a Valentine's card".

Inside the card was poem of a "graphic sexual nature" as well as a black and red g-string and a .22 calibre bullet".

Ms Buckley said her husband had carried out his own investigation and identified the accused as the sender.

She told GSOC she was making the complaint because she feared for her family's safety.

bullet

Conway Browning agreed she had sent the poem and the g-string "for a laugh" but claimed she did not put a bullet in the envelope. No DNA traces or fingerprints were found.

A detective garda has pleaded not guilty to the same charge and is to go on trial at the district court next year.

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