Lack of di­rec­tions from DPP leads to dis­missal of case

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

A LACK of di­rec­tions from the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions for the third time of ask­ing re­sulted in a case of as­sault caus­ing harm be­ing struck out at the District Court.

Ivan O’Con­nor (35) of Kelvick, Ark­low Road, Gorey, was charged with as­sault caus­ing harm to Gavin Kenny at To­ma­gaddy, Bal­ly­canew, on De­cem­ber 13 last.

When asked if DPP di­rec­tions were forth­com­ing on this charge, Sgt Mairead Bro­phy told the court that they had still not re­ceived di­rec­tions. Solic­i­tor Lana Do­herty pointed out that the case had al­ready been marked for en­try against the state twice and moved for the case to be struck out. Judge Haughton said he had lit­tle op­tion but to com­ply.

This still left a charge of as­sault on Tereasa Walsh aris­ing from the same in­ci­dent, which was ad­journed un­til June 13.

O’Con­nor, who is cur­rently serv­ing a sen­tence of three years with 18 months sus­pended in the Mid­lands Prison on other of­fences was also charged with crim­i­nal dam­age to four win­dows at The Coach House, Main Street Gorey, and pos­ses­sion of a ham­mer on Septem­ber 24, 2015.

Ms Do­herty said that her client had been pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion, but would now be in dif­fi­culty as he is in cus­tody. As a re­sult of this, Judge Haughton or­dered what­ever com­pen­sa­tion had been col­lected to be handed over to the in­jured party and handed down a six month prison sen­tence to be served con­cur­rently. The charge of pos­sess­ing a ham­mer was taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

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