Friday 17 November 2017

Accused in Trinity gates case faces trial

A DUBLIN man has been sent for trial charged with damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College.

John Farrell (66, pictured) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared at Dublin District Court.

He is facing trial on a total of 22 charges over the incident last year in which more than €61,000 worth of damage was caused to the gates, other property and vehicles.

Mr Farrell, with an address at Faussagh Avenue, Cabra, is charged with causing criminal damage to the gates.

He is also charged with four counts of criminal damage to vehicles and other property, as well as three counts each of endangerment of life and dangerous driving.

Eight further counts are of hit-and-run in relation to damage caused to two vehicles, with two charges of having no road tax.

The offences are all alleged to have happened at and around Trinity College on April 2 last year. Mr Farrell has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.

The case has been before the court several times and was adjourned previously because the defendant was in hospital.

He was present yesterday and a book of evidence was presented to him. A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to him being returned for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


The DPP directed trial on indictment on all charges.

Judge Michael Walsh gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends use.

Mr Farrell was remanded on bail on existing terms.

The historic front gates of Trinity were erected in the early 1870s as part of a college refurbishment and entrance to the Front Square, replacing the original gates from 1759.

They were reinstated following repairs last June.


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