Judge and solicitor abused via video link at Limerick Court

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Judge Eugene O'Kelly
A JUDGE and a solicitor were the subject of foul-mouthed abuse during separate cases at Limerick Court.

A JUDGE and a solicitor were the subject of foul-mouthed abuse during separate cases at Limerick Court.

During one case, Judge Eugene O’kelly was labelled a “clown”, a “thick c**t” and a “bastard” by a defendant who was appearing before the court via video link from Portlaoise Prison.

Geoffrey Duggan, aged 25, of Cregan Avenue, Kileely is accused of burglary and criminal damage charges at Rice’s Corner, Thomondgate on November 23, last.

He is also accused of posession of a knife on the same date.

When his case was called, Sgt Donal Cronin said the book of evidence was at a “very advanced staged” but that it was not yet complete.

As he applied for an adjourment Duggan could be seen on the courtroom moniters leaning forward to the micrphone before launching a into tirade of abuse.

“He said that the last time it (the case) was mentioned you thick c**t, you bastard,” he said.

Duggan then proceeded to tell the judge he was “full of sh**t” before threatening to “smash this video link to pieces”.

As he remanded Duggan in continuing custody until June 4, next, Judge O’Kelly told solicitor Sarah Ryan that her client should behave in a more civil fashion if he wants to be treated with respect by the court.

In a separate case, a short time later, solicitor John Devane was told by a client of his that he didn’t have a clue and was talking rubbish.

The man, who is accused of road traffic offences, also appeared before the court via video link from Portlaoise Prison.

Following the concluson of his case, Mr Devane indicated that he wished to speak to his client on the phone at which point the defendant told him “not to bother, you haven’t a clue what you are on about, you are full of rubbish”.