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Woman and garda for trial on false statement claim

A DUBLIN woman and a garda accused of making false statements to GSOC in the course of an investigation have had dates set for their trials.

Julie Browning and Detective Garda David O’Brien are both pleading not guilty to the charges against them and are to be tried separately at Dublin District Court.

Judge Ann Watkin agreed to set different dates for the two hearings after Ms Browning’s solicitor argued that her case could be prejudiced if the trials were run together.

They were listed for consecutive days in September.

Ms Browning, of Dermot O’Dwyer House, Hardwicke Street, in Dublin denies a charge of giving information that was false or misleading to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission at its headquarters in 2012.

Det Gda O’Brien, of Harcourt Square Station is facing the same charge and is also pleading not guilty.

When the cases came before Judge Watkin yesterday, Ms Browning’s solicitor, Terence Hanahoe, said he was anxious to get a separate date for his client’s trial.


He said her case was “simple and straightforward” and would take no more than 15 minutes to hear.

“I am anxious that it would not be tainted by a charge against anyone else,” he said.

Judge Watkin said she believed she would be entitled to hear the context of the case and that she could put out of her mind any evidence that was deemed not to be relevant.

“I believe that if they are run together, you will hear evidence that you can’t put out of your mind,” Mr Hanahoe said.

There were no submissions from the prosecution and the judge agreed to set separate trial dates.