TWO Limerick-based gardai have been ordered to appear in court this Thursday as they may be required to give evidence in the trial of two Dublin-based gardai, who are accused of assaulting two brothers in the city centre during a Christmas Party last year.
Following lengthy legal arguments, this Wednesday, Judge Grainne O’Neill informed the two gardai, who are based in the city, they will be required to attend the trial, which began on Tuesday.
David Naughton, aged 33, from Lucan and Wesley Kenny, aged 36, who has an address in Sandyford have pleaded not guilty to assaulting Luke Morrison (19) and his brother James Morrison (22) at Catherine Street on December 5, 2013.
Limerick District Court has heard that both men are stationed at garda stations in the capital and were attending a Christmas night out in Limerick when the alleged offences occurred.
While statements made by the two Limerick-based gardai were disclosed to lawyers representing the two defendants in advance of the hearing, State Solicitor Michael Murray has indicated he does not intend calling them to give evidence as part of the prosecution case.
However, Breffni Gordon BL, defending, said he requires the attendance of the gardai in court in order to prove certain statements, which he intends to rely on as part of his defence.
Earlier, Judge O’Neill refused an application to halt the trial after Mr Murray told the court the prosecution regards statements made by the defendant’s as being “fictitious”.
It is the Prosection case that Garda Naughton and Garda Kenny assaulted the two brothers following an earlier incident outside Luke Morrison’s home on Cecil Street. It is alleged they tried to enter the apartment complex after telling the 19-year-old they were looking for “brazzers”, which is slang for prostitutes.
- See the Limerick Leader print editions for full coverage of this trial