Saturday 22 October 2016

Man facing trial accused of intimidating a witness

Dublin District Court

A DUBLIN man has been sent for trial on a charge of intimidating a witness in a prosecution in the Criminal Courts of Justice complex.

Colin McGettrick (39) told the judge who sent him forward that the courts were "facilitating the gardai bringing false charges" against him.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Mr McGettrick, with an address at Woodbine Park, Edenmore, Raheny, is charged with intimidation of a witness at the CCJ.

The charge, under Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act, relates to an alleged incident on September 18 last year.

The charge alleges that he intimidated a named man who is a witness in proceedings.

A State Solicitor told Judge Ann Ryan that a book of evidence was ready and the DPP was consenting to the defendant being returned for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Ryan gave Mr McGettrick the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

She also made an order for disclosure to the defence of copies of the video of the defendant's garda interview.


The accused was remanded on bail on existing terms and conditions.

After the judge gave him the alibi warning, McGettrick replied: "These courts are facilitating the gardai bringing false charges against me. It's disgraceful."

The defendant is due to appear this week in the Circuit Court, where his case will be mentioned before a trial date is arranged.

The alleged offence carries a longer potential prison sentence on conviction on indictment in the Circuit Court than at District Court level.

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