Meanwhile, At Courtroom 13


From left: Michael Banks, Paul Murphy TD, Kieran Mahon, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson and Frank Donaghy (far right)

This morning.

The six men accused of falsely imprisoning former tánaiste Joan Burton during a water charges protest arrive at the Central Criminal Courts of Justice as the jury begins its deliberations.

The men – Paul Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Michael Murphy, Frank Donaghy, Michael Banks and Scott Masterson – all deny the charges.


From courtroom 13…

More as we get it.

Previously: To Heli And Back


51 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At Courtroom 13

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Whatever happens – and I hope the Jury do the right thing – might I commend the excellent charge to the Jury rendered by Judge Greally. Balance and fairness, alongside due deference to the law, were much in evidence. Well done, Judge.

      1. Happy Molloy

        Not one of us has heard a fraction of what the jury has heard over the course of the trial, nor will any of us give more than a fraction of the consideration they have.

        For that reason I am comfortable that the jury will make the right decision, whatever that decision may be.

          1. Happy Molloy

            have you any examples of when they get it wrong?

            can’t think of any off hand. quite often of course it’s the prosecution who get it wrong and the jury cannot convict

      1. Rowsdower

        Id imagine its hard to prove Perjury, the defense could always be “Thats how I remember it”

    1. Topsy

      Gardai & a politician would never commit perjury, would they? Couldn’t possibly happen.

      1. bored@memes

        Hardcore, Topsy…
        …Consider this as a salute.

        You can drive my car.

        (I’m drunk.)

  1. Eoin

    How this trial has made it to the deliberation stage is beyond me. It should have been thrown out as the ridiculous, politically motivated fantasy that it is. If anyone goes to jail they’ll be martyrs and if they get off it’s a massive embarrassment. And now you have Gardai caught up in the mix with evidence contradicting statements. What a mess.

          1. Rob_G

            Who needs due process when the mob has already decided who is innocent and who is guilty?

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            Not you. You already decided these “thugs” are guilty before the trial even begun. Shame on you.

  2. MoyestWithExcitement

    ‘Video footage contradicted Garda statements’

    Of course. But they were poor so they were out of control animals abusing an elderly lady and the DPP are independent so this couldn’t be a political show trial.

    1. Rob_G

      The fact that you are aware that the trial is taking place and are able to freely comment on the details of the ongoing trial demonstrates that it bears very little resemblance to the show trials of Stalin.

  3. rubbertits@memes

    Eh, Admin…
    I set my own boundaries.

    You’re the one stepping over the line.
    I never do.

    Push me once more and I might.
    Trust me.

    1. rubbertits@memes

      When I was younger, people used to tell me what to do.
      They’re all dead now.

      – It’s just a coincidence.. Don’t dwell on it.
      – it was a joke, FFS…

      Sleep well.

      1. rubbertits@memes

        I have nothing to say.
        I only posted this to change my name and send a love letter to anyone who’s brave enough to click my name.

        I’m very drunk. Not at the top of me game, so to speak.
        This is all I have.
        Deal with it.

        All me best stuff gets deleted.
        It only makes me worse.

        It doesn’t annoy me in the slightest.

    1. twiddleatwat@memes

      If I never come back here I’ll remember Broadsheet for ONE thing…
      …even when it was unwarranted.

      You know that’s not right, Mr. or Ms
      So do I.

      I promise… I will NOT leave ‘quietly’.
      I’ll admit that I mask my idiocy with my vocabulary, and mix my metaphors line a guest on a Breakfast program on British TV making an omelette.
      . (Not TV3. U have standards.
      …hold on…
      …isn’t this where we started?

  4. twiddleatwat@memes

    Hang on a minute… let me speak:.
    Let Roger Waters speak…

    Home. Home again.
    I like to be here when I can.
    When I come home cold and tired
    It’s good to warm my bones beside the fire..

    …blah-di-blah, something, somthing something…
    … abdthen he sings..
    ;Call the Faithful to their knees’

    I used to like that band, until I listened to them.

  5. Mel

    My enduring worry here is that the precedent has already been set in the Children’s Court. If the youth there was found guilty of false imprisonment but let off with a slap on the wrist. The whole point of his trial was to set the precedent. Either they have to go back and declare a miscarriage of justice in his case or there will be a guilty verdict in the Jobstown case. I fully expect the latter as you don’t invent this much time, effort, and money in the political show trial of the century only to come out with the result you started out to get.

    Regarding garda perjury, I’m not exactly hoping for a miracle.

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