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Man appears in court accused of launching firework at gardaí during Dublin protest

A 30-year-old man has appeared in court accused of throwing a firework and two glass bottles duri...
Stephanie Rohan
Stephanie Rohan

12.05 3 Mar 2021


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Man appears in court accused o...

Man appears in court accused of launching firework at gardaí during Dublin protest

Stephanie Rohan
Stephanie Rohan

12.05 3 Mar 2021


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A 30-year-old man has appeared in court accused of throwing a firework and two glass bottles during last weekend’s anti-lockdown protest in Dublin.

It’s alleged he threw items at gardaí when violence erupted.

Jake Merriman of Meadowlands Avenue in Dun Laoghaire appeared before the Dublin District Court this morning where Detective Sergeant Patrick Traynor told the court the accused was present at a protest on Graton Street on Saturday when violence erupted.

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He said it’s alleged the accused discharged an ‘8-shot cannon' firework at gardaí.

It’s also alleged he threw two glass bottles at gardaí in separate incidents.

Judge Brian O’Shea refused jurisdiction saying the case was too serious to be dealt with at the district court.

He granted the accused free legal aid after being told he had a ‘power washing business’ but is currently on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Jake Merriman was granted bail with a number of conditions, including that he stay away from Grafton Street and he keeps the peace.

He’s due back in court next month.

Main image: File photo of Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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