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Thursday 21 November 2019

Couple accused of false statement in dog shooting case

Sharon and Edward Stokes from Coolarthy, Co Longford
Sharon and Edward Stokes from Coolarthy, Co Longford

A husband and wife have been accused of making false statements over the alleged shooting of their dog by a garda.

Edward and Sharon Stokes appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday facing charges over statements they made to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) about claims that the dog was shot in Co Longford.

Misleading

The shooting allegedly happened when a garda discharged a firearm at the scene of a confrontation near Granard last December 3.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the accused to decide how they intend to plead.

Mr and Mrs Stokes, of The Cottage, Ferskill, Coolarthy, Co Longford, are each accused of one count of providing information that they knew to be false or misleading to the GSOC.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the commission's offices on Abbey Street Upper, Dublin, last February 5.

The alleged false statement was in relation to a complaint or investigation under Part 4 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005, the charge alleges.

The prosecution is being brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of GSOC.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said today was the first mention date for the case after summonses were applied for and issued by the court on October 1.

The couple's barrister said she was making an application for full disclosure of prosecution evidence in the case, to include CCTV footage.

Mr Durkan said he believed the prosecution was in a position to provide this and would make inquiries.

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