Man jailed for shooting Dublin publican loses appeal

A Dublin man sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting publican Charlie Chawke during a robbery has lost his High Court challenge into the legality of his detention.

The High Court today, following an inquiry under Article 40 of the Constitution brought by Frank Ward into the legality of his detention, refused to challenge.

Ward (aged 55), a father of three, Knockmore Avenue, Tallaght, was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2007 for his role in an incident outside Mr Chawke's restaurant and bar, The Goat Grill, Goatstown, south Dublin, on October 6, 2003.

Mr Chawke was seriously injured in the shooting and his right leg was amputated five days later.

Judge Patrick McCartan imposed two life sentences for the charges of intentionally causing serious harm to Mr Chawke and robbery of €48,652 in cash and cheques.

In his application yesterday Ward claimed that his detention was unlawful because at his trial, following his change of plea from not guilty to guilty the judge had discharged the jury without asking them to return a verdict. He claimed that the jury had to return a verdict in the case.

However today at the High Court Mr Justice Michael Peart said that the ground of Ward's application were "insufficient" and he refused the challenge.


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