Wednesday 23 January 2019

father and daughter embassy case delayed

PROSECUTORS have been given more time to prepare their case against a father and daughter accused of breaking a sign at the Israeli embassy in Dublin during a protest.

Activists Stephen (42) and Saoirse Bennett (20) are both charged with causing criminal damage at the embassy in an incident in July.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case at Dublin District Court to a date later this month, for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

The defendants, from Pearse Green, Sallynoggin, are both charged with causing criminal damage to a sign at the Israeli embassy on Pembroke Road on July 19.

They are also charged with one count each of resisting arrest, while Stephen Bennett faces a third charge of resisting gardai again at the US embassy on the same date.

A garda sergeant told the court the DPP's directions were still awaited. Solicitors Michael French, for Mr Bennett and Lorraine Stephens, for Ms Bennett, both consented to the adjournment.

Judge Walsh granted free legal aid and remanded them on continuing bail.

Previously, Judge Michael Coghlan granted bail. Under conditions, Ms Bennett must refrain from trespassing on private property, to wit the Israeli embassy. She must also be of good behaviour.

Mr Bennett has given an undertaking not to break the law under his bail conditions.

He was anxious to continue to "protest legitimately".


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