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Thursday 18 October 2018

Brothers charged with violent disorder sent forward for trial

Jason Hennessy and his brother have not yet indicated pleas
Jason Hennessy and his brother have not yet indicated pleas

Two Dublin brothers have been sent for trial charged with violent disorder in an incident in the west of the city.

Devon Hennessy (23) and Jason Hennessy (21) both had books of evidence served on them when they appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

The defendants, both of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, are each facing one charge of violent disorder.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Grove Road, Blanchardstown, on November 9 last year.

The charge, under Section 15 of the Public Order Act, alleges that they used or threatened to use violent conduct, causing others to fear for their safety.

They are alleged to have committed the offence along with each other and a third named man.

Alibis

A State solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the defendants being returned for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and books of evidence were ready.

Judge David McHugh gave each defendant the formal warning that they must provide details of any alibis they intend to rely on in the course of their trial to the prosecution within 14 days. He ordered disclosure by the prosecution to the defence of copies of the accused's garda interview videos.

The defendants first appeared in court on the charges last November and had been on bail subject to conditions since then.

Judge McHugh sent them forward on existing bail terms.

They are due to appear in the Circuit Court on a date next month.

Free legal aid was granted, with no garda objection.

Neither defendant was required to address the court during the brief hearing and they have not yet indicated pleas to the charges.

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