Man pleads guilty to attack on judge and security guard

A man has pleaded guilty to attacking a senior judge and a security guard at the Four Courts.

Man pleads guilty to attack on judge and security guard

Gardaí from the Bridewell station were called to the court building on December 1 last and arrested a young male in connection with an alleged assault on Mr Justice Anthony Barr and a security man.

Eoin McGinn, aged 23, from Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, Dublin, faces three charges at Dublin District Court in connection with the alleged incident.

He is accused of getting into Mr Justice Barr’s car at Inn’s Quay, contrary to Section 113 of the Road Traffic Act. He is also facing connected charges for attacking the judge contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act as well as a more serious allegation of assault causing harm to the security guard at the same location.

Judge Cormac Dunne asked to hear an outline of the allegations to determine jurisdiction because the charge for assault causing harm can possibly go to the circuit court which has wider sentencing powers.

In a summary of the prosecution’s evidence, Judge Dunne was told the incident happened at the main gates to the Four Courts. The accused tried to open the back door of a car which was being driven by a member of the judiciary and, “the security officer intervened”.

The security man was “dripping” blood after being punched and sustained a small cut on the bridge of his nose.

Judge Dunne then accepted jurisdiction.

CCTV evidence from the scene of attack had already been made available to McGinn’s solicitor Michael Hanahoe who told the court that “a plea is forthcoming”.

Judge Dunne said, “Plea of guilty noted,” and adjourned the case until next week when the video evidence is to be shown to the court.

McGinn remained silent during the brief hearing and was remanded on continuing bail. He had been granted free legal aid earlier after the court had been told that he has a job, and is an apprentice.

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