Hearing suspended after accused’s indecent exposure

A district court hearing was suspended yesterday after a commotion was caused when an accused man mooned and handled his penis in front of a judge.

Proceedings at Ennis District Court were yesterday suspended after the man took his pants down in front of Judge Patrick Durcan. The Ennis man turned his back on the judge and started beating his behind with his hands after Judge Durcan refused bail to the man’s younger brother.

The two Ennis men were before the court on Section 3 assault charges on a 17-year- old male; and after ‘mooning’ at the judge, the man with his pants around his ankles turned around and handled his penis and shouted at the shocked judge.

As gardaí in court restrained the 24 year old and his 18-year-old brother who was also lashing out, Judge Durcan retreated from his bench into his chambers.

During the mêlée one garda was assaulted in the court. Around five gardaí were in court at the time and garda reinforcements were called to deal with the disturbance and after court business was suspended for 20 minutes, Judge Durcan re-commenced the bail hearing.

For the recommenced hearing, gardaí cleared the court of family and friends of the two who had been present for the earlier hearing.

At the resumed hearing, Judge Durcan remanded the two men — who are members of the Travelling community — in custody.

Insp Tom Kennedy was leading the garda case in the bail hearing yesterday and said he was “horrified” by what he witnessed in court.

Speaking after court, Insp Kennedy said: “What happened in court today was unbelievable. In all my time working in court, I never saw an indecent display like I witnessed today. What happened was incredible and to see someone moon at a judge and then show his genitals to the court... was an affront to the administration of justice in the court.”


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