Former probationary Garda is cleared of stealing cans of cider
A FORMER probationary Garda from Duncormick has been acquitted of the theft of cans of cider after a four-day trial at Wicklow Circuit Court.
James Murphy, who was stationed in Bray at the time of the alleged offence, had been accused of dishonestly appropriating for himself two slabs of cider that had earlier been stolen by two youths from a Centra shop on Dargle Road, Bray, in June 2009.
Murphy (24) had pleaded not guilty to the charge, and last week a jury took just under two hours to return a unanimous not guilty verdict.
Previously the court heard evidence from Garda Antoinette Foley who said that on some between February 10 and February 18, 2010, Murphy put two slabs of cider into the boot of her car saying 'we will have them at the party'.
She lived in the same estate as Murphy in Greystones and was due to have a birthday party.
In his statement Murphy said he had taken the cans to a house party but hadn't consumed any himself.
An emotional Mr Murphy, who resigned from the force as a result of the case, said he was delighted with the verdict and thanked his legal team and friends who stuck by him.