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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Violent disorder accused has his curfew cancelled by judge

Devon Hennessy’s solicitor said he was pleading not guilty
Devon Hennessy’s solicitor said he was pleading not guilty

A dad-of-three accused of violent disorder with two other men at a bus stop has had his curfew lifted.

Devon Hennessy (24) was one of three men who beat up a man from a "rival gang", a garda witness claimed.

Garda Megan Furey objected to the curfew change, claiming it was required to strictly monitor the accused.

Judge David McHugh cancelled the curfew, after he heard Mr Hennessy had been compliant with his bail conditions, and the matter would take some time to go to trial.

Mr Hennessy, of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, is charged with violent disorder at Blackcourt Road in Corduff last March 7.

The DPP previously directed summary trial in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Justification

Defence solicitor Kieran Conway said Mr Hennessy was pleading not guilty to the charge, and a book of evidence would be required.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date in January for the book of evidence.

Mr Conway also made an application to vary Mr Hennessy's bail, a condition of which was a curfew between 11pm and 7am.

Mr Conway told Blanchardstown District Court the incident allegedly took place at 2.30pm and argued there was no justification for the curfew.

He acknowledged Mr Hennessy had accepted the curfew when he was first granted bail, but this was because an accused "will usually accept whatever conditions" to get bail.

Gda Furey objected to the bail change, saying the incident allegedly involved members of two "rival gangs", and the curfew was required to monitor Mr Hennessy's movements.

Judge McHugh said Mr Hennessy was otherwise compliant with his bail and he cancelled the curfew.

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