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Saturday 3 December 2016

Water protest trial will be a test case

Stephen Bennett
Stephen Bennett

A PROTESTER charged with obstructing Irish Water will go on trial in June.

Stephen Bennett (44), of Pearse Green, Sallynoggin, had been charged under the Water Service Act 2007 for obstructing the company exercising its powers last October 21 at Villa Park Gardens, Cabra.

His legal team have claimed this is a test case and among the first prosecutions brought under the Water Service Act.

The case is to be dealt with at district court level where it can result in a maximum €5,000 fine as well as a possible jail term of up to three months.

Judge Anthony Halpin ordered that the trial, at Dublin District Court, would take place on June 17.

Mr Bennett, who contests the charge, was remanded on continuing bail.

The court had earlier ordered disclosure of video evidence - footage on camcorders of Irish Water workers - to the defence.

His lawyer had previously said this was a test case which raised constitutional arguments.

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