Assault accused duo granted two barristers each by judge
Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00
Both defendants in a Bridgetown assault causing harm case were allowed the services of two barristers apiece under the free legal aid scheme.
Before the court was Karl Conlon (23) from 104 Hazelwood, Bridgetown accused of an assault on Nigel Kennedy on October 26, 2014.
Also facing a similar charge was Lee Murphy (26), with an address at Mooretown Great in Ballymitty.
Conlon was brought to the District Court sitting in Ardcavan where Garda Sean Whelan confirmed that books of evidence had been served before the defendants sent forward for trial at Wexford Circuit Court.
Barrister Jordan Fletcher pointed out that Conlon was already in custody in the Midlands Prison.
He reckoned that his client's contribution to any assault was minimal but was concerned that the alleged offence occurred while the defendant was on bail.
In this circumstance, Mr Fletcher said Conlon was at risk of being sentenced to five months imprisonment, consecutive to the term for which he was already in jail.
Judge Gerard Haughton acceded to the application for two barristers.
This prompted the lawyer appearing for Lee Murphy to seek 'parity' of legal aid, pointing out that he was being portrayed by the prosecution as the primary instigator in an assault.
Again, Judge Haughton granted a certificate for two counsel, with bail extended until the matter comes before the Circuit Court.