Per­suaded to take le­gal aid

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A young Black­wa­ter man took the ad­vice of Judge Haughton to get him­self a solic­i­tor when he ap­peared be­fore the court to an­swer to a charge of en­gag­ing in threat­en­ing or abusive be­hav­iour.

Kevin Doyle (20) of 25 River­side, Black­wa­ter, was charged with the of­fence dat­ing from July 24 of last year near his home. When asked if he was work­ing, Mr Doyle replied: ‘No, I’m in school.’

When Judge Haughton asked if he wished to have a solic­i­tor ap­pointed under free le­gal aid, he said that he didn’t be­lieve he needed one.

Doyle then lodged a plea of not guilty and it was up to Judge Haughton to set a date for hear­ing.

Be­fore do­ing this, he said: ‘I’ll of­fer you again the chance to avail of free le­gal aid Mr Doyle. You are not a lawyer, you’re a stu­dent. It would be fool­ish of you to pro­ceed with­out le­gal ad­vice, but that’s a mat­ter for your­self en­tirely.’

When asked one fi­nal time if he wanted free le­gal aid, the de­fen­dant replied: ‘I’ll take all the help I can get.’

The case was then ad­journed un­til May 2 for Doyle to ap­point a solic­i­tor and a Gary Doyle Or­der was made for him to be fur­nished with the ev­i­dence against him.

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