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A judge has refused to lift an order she imposed preventing the media from identifying a public servant charged with falsely imprisoning and sexually assaulting a woman at his workplace last year.
Via RTE News:
The Director of Public Prosecutions agreed that there was no legal basis for the imposition of reporting restrictions.
The judge Treasa Kelly, however, said this afternoon that she “had some bit of a look” at the case and the legislation during lunchtime, but said she was “not satisfied it is quite as straightforward“.
Judge Kelly said defence solicitor Martin Moran had asked for time to “give him a chance to put in submissions on behalf of his client” and she said she was going to give him time.
However, the book of evidence was also served on the accused, so the case has now been sent forward to the higher Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for trial.
Judge Kelly said that this meant that she will no longer have any involvement in the case and the “obvious thing” is that “the circuit court deal with it“.
She said she had a look at the matter “over lunch“ but she had not given it “a huge look” and “haven’t resolved the issue in my head“.
Judge Kelly also said she was “not in a position to make a decision” on the reporting restrictions she had imposed and it was up to the media “to take the matter elsewhere“.
The case has now been sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
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