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Jason Hennessy allegedly defaced the book of condolence

Jason Hennessy allegedly defaced the book of condolence

Jason Hennessy allegedly defaced the book of condolence

A Dublin man who allegedly wrote the word "rat" in a book of condolence for tragic Detective Garda Colm Horkan has had his case adjourned to await CCTV footage of the alleged incident.

Jason Hennessy (23) was not required to appear before Blanchardstown District Court for the matter, which was adjourned by Judge Gerard Jones to a date in November.

Violent

The accused, with an address at Sheephill Avenue, Blanch- ardstown, is charged with criminal damage at the town's garda station on June 19.

He is also accused of violent behaviour there following his arrest.

Simon Fleming, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned pending the receipt of CCTV footage and a summary of the evidence.

Gardaí said there was consent to the adjournment, and Judge Jones put back the matter for two months.

Sergeant Alan Lynch previously told the court that a book of condolence for Det Gda Horkan had been left at the counter in Blanchardstown garda station for the public to sign.

The officer had died in a shooting incident in Castle- rea, Co Roscommon, in June.

Tampered

Sgt Lynch said he became aware that two men were at the book and it had been tampered with.

The book was examined, and it was alleged that the word "rat" had been written under Det Gda Horkan's name, the court heard.

It was also alleged that the accused took a photo of the book with his mobile phone.

Sgt Lynch said the book was supposed to be given later to the Horkan family as a token from gardaí.