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Leon Wright ‘will strenuously contest charges against him’

Leon Wright ‘will strenuously contest charges against him’

Leon Wright ‘will strenuously contest charges against him’

A 31-year-old man will go on trial in June charged with violent behaviour at a Dublin garda station following his arrest for a public order incident.

Leon Wright, of Clonshaugh Avenue, Priorswood, Coolock, has been accused of five offences in connection with incidents at Parnell Street and Store Street Garda Station last September 16. He denies the charges.

He faced his third appearance in connection with the case at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Mr Wright was charged with obstruction of a garda, engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Parnell Street, criminal damage to an inside panel of a back passenger door of a patrol car and violent behaviour at Store Street Garda Station.

Judge John Hughes ordered that the non-jury District Court trial will take place on June 22.

Mr Wright's solicitor Jenny McGeever has told the court her client will strenuously contest the charges.

She had sought disclosure of CCTV footage, but the prosecuting garda had canvassed the Parnell Street area and there was no footage of the alleged incident.

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"It is strenuously contested. As matters stand, it is one word against another, and that is how the prosecution appears to want to proceed," the solicitor submitted.

Ms McGeever argued that it was an important issue that had been raised on day one of the proceedings, and CCTV from the garda station had also been sought.

The charges were summary offences, meaning they will remain in the District Court