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Charges dropped against one of the seven Jobstown defendants

Applause broke out in court after the charges against 50-year-old Ken Purcell were officially dropped.

File Photo Charges have been dropped against Ken Purcell Ken Purcell arriving at the Central Criminal Court with his wife last month Source: Leah Farrell

THE CHARGES AGAINST one of seven men on trial for falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton and her adviser at an anti-water charges protest have been dropped.

On day 27 of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial today, Judge Melanie Greally told the jury she would be discharging Ken Purcell from the indictment and he was free to go.

Clapping broke out in court as Purcell shook hands with the six remaining defendants before leaving the courtroom.

The jury was told that prosecution counsel Sean Gillane SC had an application to make as a result of a ruling Judge Greally made earlier today following legal argument in their absence.

Gillane then said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had asked him to enter a nolle prosequi in relation to the two charges against Purcell.

“The case proceeds no further against Mr Purcell,” Gillane said.

Purcell (50) of Kiltalown Green had pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on 15 November 2014.

After clapping broke out in court, Judge Greally reminded supporters that the trial was “not a public performance”.

“You can continue whatever celebrations you like outside the courtroom,” she said.

Gillane said the prosecution case is now concluded. The jury was told it will not be required again until later this week.

Paul Murphy (34) of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght; Kieran Mahon (39) of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght; Michael Murphy (53) of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin; Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght; Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght and Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght have pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Burton and O’Connell.

The trial continues.

Comments are closed as the case remains before the courts

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