‘Film case and face jail,’ judge tells court

Supporters of a man who stood on a table and shouted in a courtroom at Cork Circuit Court were warned they would be jailed for contempt of court if they tried to film the case against him at Cork District Court yesterday.

The middle-aged man, who had refused to give his name to gardaí, did not answer questions put to him by Judge Leo Malone yesterday and instead asked the judge questions and spoke loudly over the evidence being presented.

Insp Finbarr O’Sullivan said at the outset of the case: “There are indications by people in court that they wish to film it.”

Judge Malone warned several men pointed out by gardaí sitting in the public seating at Courtroom 1: “You are not allowed to carry out filming in court. If you do I will hold you in contempt and sentence you to prison.”

Garda Karl Griffin arrested and charged the man whose first and family name were entered on the charge sheets as “Unknown Unknown”.

He had been remanded in custody overnight from Monday following the incident at the County Registrar’s court at Washington St courthouse at lunchtime on Monday.

Garda Griffin said yesterday that while the accused continued to refuse to give his name and address the gardaí had established he was Patrick Lynch, aged 42,of Brookville, Ballygarvan, Co Cork.

Lynch interrupted proceedings with questions to the judge such as, “Are you happy with my conduct and intent?” and “Are you accepting full legal liability?”

Judge Malone said he would hear the evidence in the absence of the accused who was taken into the holding cell.

Garda Griffin said that during the call over of the list at Courtroom 7 by Deirdre O’Mahony, county registrar, Lynch shouted and roared and at one stage stood on a table in the court and was arrested by gardaí with the assistance of barristers and court staff who helped to fend off supporters of the accused who became involved in the incident.

Lynch was brought back in to court yesterday to be asked if he had any questions for the guard or if he wanted to give evidence. Lynch asked, “Who is addressing me?”

The judge convicted him on the charge of offensive behaviour and refusing to provide his name and address, and fined him €400 and €500 for both offences or 45 days in prison if he failed to pay within three months.

Several men clapped the accused on the back as he left the courtroom yesterday.

Garda Griffin said yesterday that he contacted the defendant’s wife who told him she went to work on Monday morning leaving him at home to mind their sick child but that he left the sick child at home alone.

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