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Monday 26 September 2016

Man is accused of witness intimidation

Blanchardstown District Court

Stephen Gardiner
Stephen Gardiner

A MAN accused of intimidating a woman who is a witness in a criminal prosecution has been sent for trial.

Stephen Gardiner (32) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Gardiner, with an address at Deansrath Road, Clondalkin, is charged that he "did harm, threaten, menace, intimidate and put in fear" the woman who is a witness in proceedings for an offence "with the intention of causing the course of justice to be obstructed, perverted or interfered with".

The offence is alleged to have happened at Castlegrange Court, also Clondalkin, last December 19.

A state solicitor told Blanchardstown District Court that the DPP was consenting to the defendant being sent forward for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

The judge granted legal aid to cover the accused's solicitor, Jeremy Ring, and one junior counsel in the Circuit Court.

He also made an order for disclosure to the defence of copies of the video of Mr Gardiner's garda interview.

The accused was remanded on bail, on existing terms and conditions, to appear in the Circuit Court on May 1.

Mr Gardiner has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge against him.

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