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Friday 13 December 2019

Father and son deny breach of peace after 'scuffle' near home

Jason Hennessy Jnr and his father, also Jason
Jason Hennessy Jnr and his father, also Jason

A father and son accused of a breach of the peace following a scuffle near their home in west Dublin will have their cases heard in December.

Jason Hennessy (43) and his son, also Jason (22), have denied the charges.

Lawyers for both men had sought to have the charges struck out after the State applied to make an amendment to the charge sheets.

Judge Paula Murphy adjourned the case, saying she would not strike out the charges, but she was willing to give the lawyers time to consult their clients.

The accused, both of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, are charged with threatening and abusive behaviour and with resisting or wilfully obstructing gardai.

The breach of the peace allegedly took place at Sheephill Avenue on July 11, 2016.

Prejudice

The case was due for hearing at Blanchardstown District Court after the men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Before the opening of the State's case, gardai sought to amend the charge sheet, accusing the men of resisting or wilfully obstructing gardai.

Defence lawyers Kieran Conway and Ciaran MacLoughlin asked for the matters to be struck out, arguing that "very late in the day", gardai were applying to change the charge before the court.

Mr MacLoughlin said the charges related to an alleged scuffle.

Judge Murphy said she did not see any prejudice to the two men and refused to strike out the charges.

However, she said she was willing to grant an adjournment if the lawyers wanted to consider the new charge.

Mr Conway and Mr MacLoughlin both said they wished to speak with their clients, and the cases were adjourned.

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