Judge to rule on case of teenager accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton next month

An application has been made to have the case thrown out

Judge to rule on case of teenager accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton next month

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A teenager accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and her adviser will have to wait until next month to find out if his case is going to be dismissed.

The application to have it thrown out was made by his barrister who claims the prosecution has not proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The prosecution's case is that the boy was among a number of people who effectively trapped the former Tánaiste and her adviser Karen O’Connell in two garda vehicles during a water charge protest in Jobstown in Dublin in 2014.

His barrister Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha does not think the prosecution has sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

He also claimed his rights were breached because he was not warned by gardaí that he was at risk of committing a crime - something that does not arise in false imprisonment cases, the prosecution argued.

Tony McGillicuddy, who is acting for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), described the evidence presented to the court as "sufficient".

And he disputed the claim that a momentary detention does not amount to a false imprisonment by saying their personal liberty was restricted for up to three hours.

Judge John King will rule on the application on October 21st.