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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gardai impersonation trial hit by new delay as accused unwell

Corrie Grimes
Corrie Grimes

The trial of two friends accused of impersonating gardai while holding a man captive in a car for a bogus drug search has been delayed because one of the defendants was too ill for it to proceed.

The case against Dean Parkes (23) and Corrie Grimes (20) has been heard in part. It was adjourned again after Dublin District Court was told Mr Parkes was unwell following recent hospital treatment.

The pair are each charged with falsely imprisoning Darren Osborne and making a statement or committing an act to suggest they were gardai.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Sheriff Street, on December 20, 2015.

Mr Grimes, of Ferryman's Crossing, Seville Place, and Mr Parkes, of Montpelier Park, Infirmary Road, both deny the charges.

The first part of the trial was heard last January, but its resumption has been delayed since.

Unfit

The case was back in court and due to resume when defence barrister Alan Grace said Mr Parkes had been in hospital, had only been released the day before and was certified unfit for work.

Mr Grimes was in court, barrister Emer Ni Chuagan said.

Judge Bryan Smyth asked the prosecuting garda to go to Mr Parkes' nearby address to check.

Mr Parkes then came to court voluntarily and Mr Grace said Mr Parkes was "quite unwell".

The judge agreed to adjourn the case to a date next week to arrange a new trial date in January.

The pair were prosecuted after a video allegedly of them pretending to be gardai appeared on a serving officer's Facebook news feed.

According to the prosecution, the accused had picked up Mr Osborne, told him he was under arrest and 'interrogated' him before dropping him off on a nearby street. The prosecution's case has not yet concluded.

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