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Sunday 20 October 2019

Trial of DPP man accused of leak to hear garda interviews

Jonathan Lennon denies disclosing information
Jonathan Lennon denies disclosing information

The trial of a service officer in the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who is accused of breaking the Official Secrets Act will hear evidence from two more of his interviews with detectives.

Jonathan Lennon (35), of Clonee, Dublin 15, denies disclosing information connected to criminal proceedings resulting from the 2013 murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

Mr Lennon, who worked in the mail room in the offices of the DPP, is accused of disclosing information without authorisation about the arrest of a suspect on September 7, 2017 and the following day.

A suspect was arrested on September 8, 2017, and gardai believed he had been alerted beforehand.

Mr Lennon's trial began last Tuesday before Judge John Hughes at Dublin District Court.

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Judge Hughes heard yesterday that evidence from the remaining two garda interviews has to be heard following closing speeches by counsel for the prosecution and the defence.

The case will resume tomorrow.

In total, Mr Lennon was interviewed eight times, Judge Hughes heard.

On Friday, the trial heard that in one of his garda interviews, Mr Lennon admitted he read files about people or incidents known to him.

When asked to deliver a file, he would have a quick read and put it away, "nothing sinister".

The civil servant also saw some of the Butterly file but claimed he only read the introduction.

He said he did not tell anyone outside work about what he read.

He told gardai he only discussed matters that were already in the public domain.

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