'Nothing sinister' in sailor's text to girlfriend exposing location of navy ship

The lawyer representing a 24-year-old naval service sailor has told his court martial there was nothing sinister in his disclosing the whereabouts of his vessel to his girlfriend by text.

The lawyer representing a 24-year-old naval service sailor has told his court martial there was nothing sinister in his disclosing the whereabouts of his vessel to his girlfriend by text.

Father of one, Able Seaman Eoin Gray will be sentenced at the McKee Barracks hearing in Dublin this afternoon for disclosing information about the operation of State ships at sea, without authority.

Able Seaman Eoin Gray's lawyer told his court martial hearing that the context of the charges, to which his client had pleaded not guilty yesterday, were very serious.

The father of one had denied five charges, including the unauthorised disclosure of the operation of state ships and conspiring to import drugs.

Rossa Maguire said however that the director of military prosecutions had dropped those charges and accepted Seaman Gray's plea to one count of disclosing information about the operation of state ships at sea without authority.

Mr Maguire said his client texting his girlfriend was an entirely private matter and there was nothing sinister in his doing so.

Military Judge Colonel Anthony McCourt will finalise sentencing later this afternoon.

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