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Friday 23 February 2018

7 in court on Finglas pub brawl charges

Scott Capper Arriving at Blanchardstown Court in relation to a Incident in Finglas
Scott Capper Arriving at Blanchardstown Court in relation to a Incident in Finglas

Seven men have appeared in court charged with violent disorder following a major public order incident in a pub in Finglas last month.

The men did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison for a week.

They are David Mulvey (35), Gerard Hogg (33) and Robert Gaynor (27), all of Berryfield Drive, Finglas; Dean Thomas (26), of Glenties Drive, Finglas; Scott Capper (28), of Cappagh Green, Finglas; Paul Brannigan (28), of Tuiterath, Balrath, Navan, Co Meath; and Dean Smith (24), of Scribblestown Green, Finglas.

Fight

The men appeared before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday charged with violent disorder at The Cardiff Inn, Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas, on October 19.

They were charged following a fight in a pub involving at least 10 men.

Six of the accused had made no reply to the charges after caution. Mr Brannigan told gardai: "It's b*****ks, it's not me."

Their lawyers told Judge Miriam Walsh that the men were not making applications for bail but would be applying on the next date.

Gardai had serious objections to bail, the court heard, and Judge Walsh remanded the accused in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.

The men were arrested at various locations in the Finglas area early on Monday morning and were taken to garda stations in Finglas, Ballymun and Clondalkin, where they were detained for questioning and were subsequently charged with violent disorder.

Mr Hogg was first to be brought before the court.

Sgt Shane Mc- Cartan gave evidence of arresting him at his home shortly before 6am on Monday.

Sgt McCartan said Mr Hogg had been detained for questioning and charged by Sgt Nicola Brady.

Tracksuit

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Mr Hogg, who is unemployed and on social welfare, would not be applying for bail.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit, the bearded defendant did not address the court during the short hearing.

Next to appear was Mr Mulvey. Sgt McCartan said the accused had been arrested at his home at 6.19am and taken to Finglas Garda Station for questioning.

He was later charged and had made no reply to the charge after caution, said Sgt McCartan.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said Mr Mulvey would not be applying for bail at this stage. The salt-and-pepper haired defendant did not address the court.

Mr Gaynor was the third of the accused to appear, and Ms Breen said he had consented to a week's remand in custody.

Mr Thomas and Mr Capper agreed to the same terms.

Mr Smith appeared wearing an orange T-shirt and grey shorts.

Judge Walsh told him that shorts were not appropriate attire for court.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming explained that the accused had been arrested at his home early on Monday morning and was unprepared for court.

Sgt Gavin Ross said that, when Mr Brannigan had been charged, he replied after caution: "It's b*****ks, it's not me."

Defence lawyer Aoife O'Leary said Mr Brannigan would not be applying for bail.

He was on social welfare and Judge Walsh assigned solicitor Tony Collier on free legal aid.

The men have not indicated any pleas to the charges.

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