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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Rihanna's ex-bodyguard to go on trial for 'harassing garda'

Geoffrey Keating has changed his plea to not guilty
Geoffrey Keating has changed his plea to not guilty

A former head of security for pop singer Rihanna will go on trial in May accused of harassing a garda in Dublin.

Geoffrey Keating (39) all- egedly sent messages to the sergeant using the Viber app after being given his private phone number.

Mr Keating, of Woodbank Drive, Finglas, had pleaded guilty earlier to one count of harassing Gda Sgt Brendan Carey from his home address on August 21, 2016.

However, his plea has been vacated and he has changed it to not guilty.

Judge Anthony Halpin agreed yesterday that an acc-used may change a plea if sentencing has not yet taken place.

He ordered that his trial, which is expected to last one day, will take place at Dublin District Court on May 8.

Witnesses

Mr Keating told the court that he had obtained evidence under the Freedom of Information Act.

There are to be 17 prosecution witnesses, and the judge noted that the defence will call two witnesses to testify during the trial. There will also be a video of a garda interview.

The case will be listed again for mention in April, to ensure the trial can proceed on the scheduled date.

A complaint made by Mr Keating to An Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was "not to his benefit", his solicitor Michael Hanahoe told the court yesterday.

Det Sgt Gavin Ross has told the court the alleged offence happened on August 21, 2016.

Mr Keating had pleaded guilty last October 10 before changing his plea back to not guilty yesterday.

He had worked as a body-guard for Rihanna in 2012 and 2013.

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