Saturday 21 September 2019

Accused warned about behaviour

A TAGOAT man was warned that he would be held in contempt of court and imprisoned if he disrupted a recent sitting of Wexford District Court one more time.

Before the court was Gareth Murphy from Ballyknockan, Tagoat, charged with the possession of anything with the intent to damage property and criminal damage at Bruce Betting on Redmond Square on July 14, 2008.

Superintendent Pat McDonald told the court that the 36-year-old defendant handed in more documentation that morning and explained that he has also challenged the situation in the High Court and lost.

From the Director of Public Prosecution's point of view the matter can proceed, said the Superintendant, who sought a hearing date in July.

However Murphy stated that it is his understanding that the DPP agreed that the case is to be struck out and added that Garda Twomey's, the prosecuting Garda's, position is 'untenable'.

'An Garda Siochana don't have a right to proceed with the case,' said Murphy, before Judge Haughton ordered that he sit down in the witness box and told him that if he disrupts court again he will be held in contempt of court and put in prison.

' The DPP is the prosecutor. If you think the DPP has no right to prosecute, you can get an order in the High Court preventing me from dealing with the case,' explained the Judge.

'I cannot and will not accept that the DPP is not willing when there is a statement from the Inspector saying he is willing,' added Judge Haughton, who adjourned the case until July 16 when it will be heard.

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